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Celebrating 100 Facebook Friends

Today I realized that I have amassed 100 Facebook friends. Perhaps I should feel blessed to have so many intimate relationships at work in my life. Instead, my internal skeptic is set into motion.

            Certainly, I am not that popular. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever had 100 friends at any one time . . . or even throughout the span of my entire life.

            I took an inventory of my fb companions. Of these hundred, I have regular in-person contact – which I will define as at least once every six months – with 10 percent of them. I’ve encountered an additional 13 percent in-person at least once during the two years I’ve been on the site. I interact with 24 online exclusively, and I have little or no contact whatsoever with 53 percent of the people on my friends list!

            The World Wide Web keeps our machines connected, enabling interaction across the world at the speed of light. And this infomedium is redefining friendship as we know it.

            “Some of these girls think they have hundreds of friends,” my daughter’s principal harangues ad nauseam. “They may be people they’ve met once at a party or at the mall, but they are only acquaintances.” Sometimes they are just people from other people’s friends list who gain satisfaction from accumulating large numbers of these dubious connections on these social networking sites, the lecture goes.

            At once, we can share highly personal information with strangers on different continents while at the same time become increasingly alienated from those who live on the very same street. Some families feel the need to communicate room to room electronically. I’ve heard it said: “If you want to talk to Tiffany, you’re better off texting her. Otherwise, she just doesn’t hear you.” Similarly, my wife has felt the need to email me from 50 feet away while I was working. Has all this “access” created a great gulf between us?

            And exactly how has technology affected our work habits? Developments such as laptop computers, blackberries, WiFi and phones that do everything imaginable have made working in the information age more convenient. Thus, one can effortlessly work all the time without even realizing it.

            In the mean time, school girls gather in groups ignoring each other as they click away on devices communicating with “virtual friends.”

            Even the concept of play is changing. A casual midsummer drive down a suburban street resembles a surrealistic voyage through “The Day the Children Disappeared.” The great outdoors and the realm of the imagination, two former dominions of the child, have since been replaced by mind-blowing video games of all types and description that rival – even enhance – reality.

            Perhaps God is a really powerful iPhone with a dimensionally transcendental micro-processor the size of a planet.

            So, where is this headed? Is our connectivity within the e-world causing real-world isolation? Is the natural order of things being reconfigured as the result of miniscule electrons streaking through tiny mazes of circuitry at relativistic speeds? Will the current technological boom ever plateau, or will exponential change within these peculiarly interwoven worlds continue endlessly?

            Maybe the answers lie somewhere out in the blogosphere within the communal consciousness of my e-friends. I’ll hang up and listen, Larry.

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One Response to “Celebrating 100 Facebook Friends”

  1. Hahahahaha,you are a freak. I knew you would like FB, though you were hesitent when i first told you about it.


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