May 13, 2009

The mystery is gone

Information overload. That's how I'm starting to feel, what with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, etcetera. There's no more room for anybody to miss anyone. People are no longer asking, "I wonder what so-and-so is up to?" Everything's out there for everyone to know. Now I know when they're waiting for the UPS man to deliver a package. I know when their laptops crash. When they're in a bad mood. I know when they become a fan of sleep. Every detail delivered right on the minute, or close to it.

One time, a friend posted this status: "playing badminton with family right now." If you're playing right now, then you're probably not paying too much attention to the game because you're posting FB status updates. Couldn't you wait until you were done playing badminton with your family? What's wrong with saying, "just finished a spiffy game of badminton with my fam"? I'd really rather know you were playing safely, instead of possibly getting whacked by the badminton or hit by the shuttlecock because you were busy texting your status update. What's more, it's supposed to be family time! Pay attention to them!

Another time, I saw another status message: "running around the block and getting tired already." Well, you're probably not THAT tired if you're still texting your status to your FB profile. Just stop running and log in to Facebook.

Too much information, really. I mean, how close are we to really knowing these people? It's like a lot of things are getting said, but no real meaning is getting relayed. Okay, okay, I'm not expecting little nuggets of wisdom from status updates. And I know some people really enjoy the whole being-in-touch thing because it makes one feel connected to other people. I have more to say about that, but I'll save it for another time.

Needless to say, I still find joy in reading other people's blogs. I don't think that will change anytime soon. At least with blog posts, you don't get bits and pieces of what they're up to. Some bloggers actually share their insights, which is always good to read.

So folks who know I'm in Facebook, don't be surprised if I rarely put status updates. I'd like to leave a bit of me still a mystery. Unless you want to know when I'm getting exasperated waiting for the UPS man to deliver something...


Jon said...

haha, what you wrote brought a smile to my face. it's so true.