February 13, 2011

Go back and forth?

It's an ongoing thing.

This whole "facebook" phenomenon. I don't have an account right now. I don't know if I want to either. Hubs has one, tells me status updates about mutual friends some of the time. Other friends tell me how they've stayed in touch with friends from many years ago. So, it's tempting.

Then there's the other side of it. The vortex of time and energy that's spent reading mindless stuff and playing silly games that don't matter. The privacy loopholes. The pure nonsense that could turn a friend into someone I don't want to be around. Yeah, that's not so tempting.

So, I keep going back and forth trying to decide what's really the best choice. I don't think I'm above being on facebook. I just know that it's probably a bit of a commitment and I just don't know if it's one I want to make. Being more connected to friends would be fantastic, but spending hours online doing nothing is not fantastic.

Then there's just the outright privacy factor. Most anything I have to say can be read by most anyone interested in reading it. But every so often I have something I want to send out into the world and not have people know that I wrote it or I only want to say it to people who don't know me. I don't want the judgement or association with other things to bite me in the butt.

Not that I have horrible things to say about or to people or anything like that. But, sometimes it'd be nice to vent knowing without a shadow of a doubt that it won't get back to the object of my vent. And really, there's maybe 1 or 2 people that I have horrible things to say about. Don't we all? Don't we?


  1. There are ways to post to a select group on Facebook, but I always assume that anything I put on the internet is potentially found by anyone else.
    Back when I was posting on Livejournal, they had a setting to post so that you were the only one to see that post, and even when I used that to complain about my roommates, I did it in an oblique way. Nothing increases tension with someone you live with then them finding something snarky and secret you posted about them.

  2. I've seriously been considering a Facebook sabbatical, just because it is kind of a time drain. I've cut back a lot. I use Twitter for my vents, etc bc I'm more anonymous on there. And I have a "rule" that I don't befriend any parents on Facebook.


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