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Another FaceBook Rant

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I agree Ruby.

I have said, "OK kiddies, put the phones away. It's time for the adults to talk"

I got some sour looks, but, it worked.

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That's why I don't FB...its nothing in the world I really need to update people about every 5 min. I believe FB has developed into a whole other monster. I've seen it ruin several relationships and cause nothing but Drama. I closed my page down a long time ago. I refuse to be apart of that.

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When someone posts too much of that inane digestive remnants on my FB wall, they get "unsubscribed"... There's one "friend" who is only there for game purposes who posts every minute detail... :barf01: Click- gone.

I have, however, been able to reconnect with some really great coworkers and friends in TX that I was out of contact with for ages.... it's been wonderful. Also a handful of high school folks (beats going to an entire reunion to see how those few are doing and having to put up with the 'mean girls' who never grew up all over again). :)

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I'm not so mean that I would ever call someone that. It's called being polite apparently.

OoooOOOOoohhhhh. Thank you for your politesse.

And I freely admit I took on the mantle of idiocy:jester:all by myself.

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It seems like this thread has dissolved into one generation calling the newer one rude and the other calling the older generation out of touch.

I guess things never change.

I guess it's safe to say that any of us who found our way to these pages, regardless of age, is somewhat tech savvy. And now with tablets and smart phones, most of us spend at least some of the day connected. Where I draw the line is when you are sitting across a table from someone and they can't be bothered to converse with you for more than a couple of minutes because they have to "check in" with someone else.

If everyone wants to text, so be it. I've seen tables full of teens where not a one of them is speaking to another live person, but they're all texting. I'll bet that some of them were even texting others in the same group. If everyone is okay with that, who am I to say they're wrong?

If, however, I'm having three other couples for dinner and one of the couples constantly reaches for their phones, I will not be happy. If I ask them to, please, be present in our group conversation and they just can't quite break away from FB or whatever, I may not show them the door on that particular night, but I won't invite them back without a clear understanding that I want them to participate in our evening together without breaks every ten minutes to update the world. If this is too onerous a burden, I'll just have to love them from a distance.

IMO, no one's life is so interesting that I want to read bulletins about it every ten minutes. Not my own. Not my husband's. Not the president, the Sultan of Brunei, or even Santa Claus (except on one particular night of the year, especially if he has something really nice for me :D).

And what about cultivating a little mystery? If 300 people have all read about your decision to try Polish honey mustard instead of your usual mayo on a ham sandwich, what's left to talk about when you finally do get together? But then maybe that's why in-person gatherings are given such short shrift by those who constantly text. There's nothing they haven't already shared.

Sigh.

Edited by rn/writer

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