Thursday, June 11, 2009

I have been captured by Facebook

I think it has been over a year now that I have been on "Facebook". I asked myself, "why would someone my age want to be on Facebook?" I slowly sneaked in at first. I knew both my daughters were on, so I thought I would be able to see family photos and such. And then it started.

Someone "found" me and asked to be my friend. I still was hesitant, asking myself if I really wanted to get involved. And then, "why not?" So, I have a few friends. Certainly not the number that some have. I mean, if you have over 100 friends, how many of these people are really important friends?

This is what "Facebook" has done for me. It has reunited me with a former high school teacher which has been a wonderful memory booster. We discuss situations and people we knew in high school and it just is a refreshing relationship now that we are good friends. Would you believe I still have a slight hesitancy calling him by his first name?

I also am in contact with my nieces and nephews and son-in-laws, grandchildren and the most fun has been being in touch with friends I was in grade school with. Now that is a real friendship.

I have just connected with "children" who lived in our neighborhood over 30 years ago. These children have certainly grown up and have started their own families. There is no way, other than "Facebook" that we would have reconnected. I am so enjoying it.

I have become friends with many other bloggers since I started my blog Schnitzel and the Trout last fall, and even a blogger from Europe is one of my friends on Facebook.

And then, there is the addiction on "Facebook"...the crazy, crazy games. There are many games to choose from. The one that has me mesmerized right now is "Bejeweled Blitz". Do not, I repeat, do not get involved unless you have a couple of free minutes a day. The game only lasts one minute....it is the repeat games that get you!

And the last thing that gets me are the crazy quizzes. They are so silly and in no way could possibly bring out personality traits, but it is so funny and strange when the answers to these quizzes describe you right on. And, your friends even recognize you in your results.

And NO, I will not get involved in Twitter. I do not have that much time. And, who cares what I am doing minute to minute. I will say, if I were much, much younger, this would be an excellent networking option in finding a job and so forth.

5 comments:

  1. Love the Facebook. I would disagree however about how many friends I have. Each one, in some way, we've reconnected. It's fun to see what things you have in common now that we are adults. Many old friends and new friends as well. Relationships are what life is all about. Love you, E

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  2. Anonymous7:14 AM

    Yes, Facebook is addicting. I have connected with people I had not seen for 50 years. I, too, have a difficult time calling my old high school teachers by their first name. A couple of teachers were present at our 50th class reunion and the old habit of calling them Mr. and Mrs. took over. A few of the Amana 'kids' call me by my first name but most still call me Mr. Wheeler. I answer to either name, of course. I still refer to your uncle as Mr. Selzer rather than referring to him by his first name. Old habits are hard to break. rw

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  3. Dave K.8:01 AM

    Susan, I know what you mean about having hundreds of friends on Facebook. If nothing else, I would think many of them are just casual aquaintances. There are a lot of lonely people out there who sit in front of their computer screens for hours on end. It is great though to reconnect with people that you have known in the past. Regarding calling former teachers by their first names, I feel the same way. My parents always taught us kids never to call our elders, especially people in authority by their first names. To this day I still feel a little uncomfortable calling people of my parents' generation by their first names.

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  4. I am on Facebook and I connect with family and a couple of friends. I am only addicted to blogging on blogspot.

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  5. I, too, have been hesitant about joining Facebook, but after your entry I just may go do that!! Thanks.

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