I recently joined Facebook, the mother of all social networking. I worried about joining because, by nature, I am a very social person. In my mind I started seeing the hours of wasted time spinning out of technological control, my goals being side tracked by an addiction to communicate with the outside world. But when I finally joined, what I found was not what I expected.
Is it just me, or is Facebook a little silly? I read such comments as, "Out grillin' for dinner", "Going shopping today" and "Having taco's for lunch". My question is, who cares? I could see that my worries of flushing time down the proverbial toilet were all for nothing. Now certainly there were some good comments, and good uses of Facebook, but not even close to a majority.
I recently read a talk by Elder Bednar (for the non-LDS out there, he is an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). He talked about how we as a society are disconnecting from things as they really are and placing more emphasis on our "cyber relationships" than our real life one's. I have a tendency to agree. To read the talk yourself, click here.
I have come to realize that Facebook is not the mother of all social networking, but more the junior high of it. If I want to talk to someone, I think I'll run for the phone a lot faster than logging into my account.