Here’s what I’ve been thinking about this week. Brought to you by the letter “F.”
• Facebook. I was talking with a casual acquaintance the other day. Over the years we’ve gotten to know each other– sort of. She is nothing if not outspoken.
Often we talk about FB. It fascinates her that I just left it. Like that. No worries, no looking back. It’s kind of a theme with her.
And honestly, I’m fascinated about why she doesn’t leave FB. She hates it– complains about it every time we are together. In fact one of her biggest complaints is that her friends have the audacity to post status updates using words. That they think she’ll read about what they’re doing. This seems to bother her to no end. She mentions it often.
So, I asked her straight up why she messes around with something that so clearly upsets her.
And she told me that the only reason she stays on FB is so that she can see the photos that her friends post. She wants to see these photos so that she can judge how these friends look. Her word: judge.
Being the polite soul that I am, I just nodded my head up & down, mumbled a vague sort of “uh-huh,” and quickly changed the topic of conversation to something that didn’t give me a glimpse into the psyche of someone so shallow– and probably– more typical than I care to admit.
• Friends. I stumbled upon this article: Bitter About Your Life? Blame Facebook. The subtitle says: “New research suggests heavy Facebook users are more likely to believe other people have happier lives.”
According to this article, researchers posit that this perception is due to the fact that people see all sorts of happy photos that FB friends post. Then these people assume that other people are having a better time than they are. Enter bitter feelings.
Wonder if that is what’s going on with my acquaintance… seeing how she is a nut for photos.
• Flow charts. While I was enjoying all that Pinterest has to offer, I came upon this wonderful How to Delete Half Your Facebook “Friends” flow chart. It is by a blogger named Samantha who keeps a blog called ashore.
I love this chart. Now I just need to get my acquaintance to understand it and use it. Might make her happier about her experiences on FB. Maybe.