Facebook Isn’t The Problem – Your Friends Are

This article in the Wall Street Journal titled How Facebook Can Ruin Your Friendships speaks a little bit about the monotony of tweets and status updates.

All this online social networking was supposed to make us closer. And in some ways it has. Thanks to the Internet, many of us have gotten back in touch with friends from high school and college, shared old and new photos, and become better acquainted with some people we might never have grown close to offline…

This brings us to our first dilemma: Amidst all this heightened chatter, we’re not saying much that’s interesting, folks. Rather, we’re breaking a cardinal rule of companionship: Thou Shalt Not Bore Thy Friends.

Is it really that unusual for someone to tell you what they had for breakfast? Sure, people post about their cat, their newborn son, what they had for breakfast, and any other topics that sound uninteresting. But it’s not like they never talked about this stuff before Facebook and Twitter came along. They’ve been telling us about how they burned their Ego waffles the whole time.

So why is it that we’re surprised when they bring that online?

Facebook is not the problem. The problem is that that you and your friends have been thoughtless, inconsiderate and mundane the whole time. You just never noticed it before.


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