I became curious.
Here, where I work, I have overheard my friends talk about Facebook and how much fun it is. So, I had my wife invite me to be her friend on Facebook, and now I have a brand new Facebook page.
Amazingly, just like what happened with my wife, I had people inviting me to be their friend. I had friends coming at me from all directions. It was like I was in 7th grade all over again, but this time without the misshapened body, acne sores, and the teenage angst; and no Wayne Head to loudly point out my misshapened body in public. This time I am popular.
I noticed a few things about Facebook. First, with meeting all these friends, it sure can eat up a lot of your time. Before a persons knows it, he or she could be on Facebook for 3 hours. My wife and I had to pull ourselves away from the computer yesterday evening, because we became so consumed with confirming our new friends, we forgot we had children. They were hungry and we had to feed them.
Also, there is an Orwellian element to Facebook. It’s like the system knows your every move. When I visit my home page, there is a box in the side bar telling me everything happening currently with my click of friends. Like, “Neil just flushed the toilet,” or “Neil is rocking out to Dokken,” or “Neil is enjoying a fabulous episode of Manimal on TVLand.”
Then there is an etiquette thing I need to nail down. Do I have to confirm everyone who wants me as a friend? I mean, I have a handful of invitations from people to be friends, but they’re folks I don’t know and never met in my life. I guess I could make a new friend, but the Facebook invitation to be friends presents the invitation as if this person is like a best buddy. When you receive the invitation, there is an option to confirm the friendship or ignore it. Confirming the friendship sends a little message to the person informing him or her that “Fred has confirmed your friendship” or something along those lines. But if I click ignore the friendship, will the person receive a message informing him or her that “Fred does not like you and has rejected your friendship”? I don’t want to be perceived as rude or mean-spirited.
And then I noticed there are pictures of these pretty girls in my side bar sometime, but I am not sure if they want to be my friend or if they want me to send them an invitation to be friends.
My wife says I should think of them as enemies.
Well, it looks like Facebook will be another internet tool to indulge my narcissism.