Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Should I give up Facebook for Lent?

Odd question for someone who is not Catholic. I still give things up for Lent though, I'm not sure if this is just a personal exercise in willpower or me simply joining the Catholic masses in their 40 days of denying themselves something they really want or enjoy on a regular basis.

"Jesus retreated into the wilderness, where he fasted for forty days, and was tempted by the devil" (Matthew 4:1-2, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-2)

I would say to the above, that facebook can indeed be a temptation of the devil. (Now watch me end up on a facebook organization hate list, or a group developed in facebook called "Breakfast at Tiffany's = fail", become a fan now and we'll send you mafia wars weapons or free ingredients for your restaurant in Restaurant City!!

And then your Home Page will fill to the brim with all of the joiners of this group, because you really need to know when your friends become fans of such groups.

Oh Facebook, I don't know how to quit you. You've made me new friends. You've made me choose to delete some of those friends for various reasons, some not so pleasant. I've even lost friends that I still miss today. But I digress....

The comment threads on my status updates =the bane of my existence. Okay that's not fair, I love that people are interested in what I have to say, I'm actually pretty lucky that people are comfortable sharing their opinions. Most of the time it's all good. Polite, positive feedback. But oh how it can go south sometimes. I can say I like grapes and it turns into a heated debate over something political. For godsake people, I was talking about fruit. This is all tongue-in-cheek =). I just feel bad for anyone that clicks "like" and then has 65 emails in their inbox from my boring status update because there are 65 comments, is all I'm sayin.

And what is UP with the damn changes every few months I ask you? Just when I get used to the status updates and news feeds, you change everything, making me start all over in finding where things are, and learning how to use you. I don't care for your privacy settings. I'm pretty sure my friends don't care when I click like on something, or become friends with someone from my 3rd grade class who I havent talked to since then, but will of course totally reconnect with now.

I've never liked change, but have learned that it comes with good reason, and I need to embrace it. But seriously, enough already.

With this latest change in Facebook, I've had several friends ask me to come over for yet another "teach me how to use facebook" class.

I'm not sure how I became the Facebook connoisseur. But I will say this, if I give it up for Lent, which begins in 7 days, you people better book me now.

I'll give up facebook, but I won't give you up. You're my breakfast partner in crime. What are we having tomorrow?

Until then


Doug Moore said...

Totally understand how you feel. I love the connection with my friends on Facebook, but it certainly can be the devil in disguise.

Tiffany said...

I'm getting really serious about giving it up for lent =)

Chandra said...

Good luck, I know you can do it if you want to. Doug would love it, (and my boss at work too) if I gave it up..........I am pretty weak though.......

Tiffany said...

watch me C! All I had to hear was, "you can't". Oh, but I CAN.