Do you still remember those good old days when we exchange messages through pigeons? If you remember that, maybe you are one of the guys who have the balls, or just a ball if you happened to lose one, to fight during World War II. How about those times when we go to Kodak stores to develop our camera films? Now, if the combination of the words develop and camera films on that previous statement doesn’t make sense to you, drop me an email and we’ll eat some ice cream together. (Oh f*ck. I’m not the one who typed that last sentence bro. It’s Pedobear, a friend of mine.)
Gone are those days. That generation is over grandpa. That girl above, yeah it’s a girl not a pokemon, that’s our generation today. The generation where communication and sharing are just a few clicks away. You don’t need a birthday card that plays a robotic happy birthday song to greet your best friend. You don’t even need to wait in agony for the film to develop just to see if you look like a hairy potato in those pictures taken during last night’s party. Oh thank you Facebook for making our life suck less. Actually… NO!! That girl above, if you don’t know, is a famous internet meme named Annoying Facebook Girl. A meme that is so perfect to represent our generation. Why? Because all of us are starting to become annoying. Annoying in a sense that we do non-sense actions just because we can do it.
Let’s analyze social networking sites, specifically Facebook. First, what’s the purpose of a status? Honestly, I’m perplexed by this one. I really don’t know what are the specific things that can be placed on a status update. Can I post that I’m currently pooping at this moment, with a picture of my poop that looks like a miniature Grimace as a bonus? Can I post that I’m currently undergoing a hard decision on what socks to wear? According to our friend Merriam-Webster dictionary: Status is the state or condition with respect to circumstances. Oh! So I can post a status update about my pooping activity! I can post anything about the current happenings in my life. Uh… Maybe.
There is another Facebook feature that we may want to keep in mind: Friends, or in a more appropriate words our involuntary audience. Involuntary, because even if they don’t want to see my poop, they can do nothing about it, it’s already on their news feed and it will haunt them, forever. See, Facebook is a giant stage where hundreds or even thousands of people are watching everyone stepping on it. Meaning, every time you post something on FB, you are stepping on a giant stage and shouting or showing the content of your post in front of your friends. Yes you are indirectly showing in public the food that your dog is currently eating. Do you think it is something worth sharing?
I’m guilty with this issue. My early Facebook days are horrifying. We update status because we can, not because we have something worth sharing. It’s because communication today is cheap — actually free. So we tend not to think about the things we are publishing to the world. We don’t need to think because we will not lose anything even if we post 100 senseless stuffs a day. Unlike those old days where sending a message to someone will cost you time and some money. Before, an average reply to a joke was “Oh. That is one funny joke dude! I really laugh so loud that I almost killed my sister by frantically punching her face. Up until now I’m still laughing to death. And do you blah blah blah… wazeng wazong wazing.. la la la..”. Now we just get a “LOL”.
It is not Facebook’s fault. It’s just that we abused the free power that it has given us. It became an online diary for suicidal teenagers, a stage for attention whores, a playground for bums, and a park for lovers. I think we already forgot the real meaning of the words socialization and friend. And most of all, our words lost their meaning and sense. Do you really mean it when you greet someone a happy birthday on FB? Maybe yes. Maybe no. Whatever. Still at the end of the day, we are nevertheless free. Free to exercise our ways of doing things. Free to share whatever we want. Really. Now go to your Facebook page and post something!
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something” – Plato