The Anti-Facebook Facebook User

I am very sorry to tell you but I am a lousy social media user. Part of that is haven’t grown up with computers. The first time I ever used a computer I was well in my 30’s. In fact, the first time I ever watched T.V. I was a teenager. So I am still trying to catch up to technology.

Take Facebook. I am an anti-Facebook FB user. Except for family members, I have not asked people to become my friends on FB; I have never downloaded an application to my FB page, never played a game, and only rarely have I exchanged instant messages through FB. And worse of all, I let invitations to become my friends pile up to high heaven. From time to time I have closed my FB account and I have set all kinds of controls as far as the updates and posts I get from friends.

It is not that I don’t find FB useful or even fun. My problem is I have no extra time to spend with it. I have friends who can post 20+ pictures with some cheesy message at one sitting. I don’t have patience for that. When it happens, it usually is the last time that it happens on my FB page.

And I never cease to be amazed at the stuff that people post on FB. “Can’t wait to leave on vacation in a couple of hours. 7 days on the Atlantic.” That’s like saying, “Welcome to my soon to be vacant house — leave the thermostat at 70 when leaving, please.” And all the posts about where people are at this moment, what they are eating, why they feel hurt, who said what about who and when, etc., etc.

Now, to be fair, even I am not immune to posting dumb things on FB. A picture of an injured toe or an arm with stitches looking fleshy, to give just a couple of examples. I have regretted those choices and have promised myself to be more careful in the future.

I never ask people to re-post anything (why would people say things like, “If you care about breast cancer, post this on your wall for one hour”?). I mean, who doesn’t care about breast cancer? I only rarely join causes and generally speaking dislike all the links that people give you to vote on them or their business for this or that prize. I don’t believe in anything that is offered for “free” on FB.

I feel bad because a lot of people take FB a lot more seriously than me. I met a lady in church the other day. I was excited to meet her for what I thought was the first time, but then she sad, “We are friends on Facebook.” Really? You mean now I have to keep track of all my “friends” on FB, in case I might run into them in church some day? That’s about 800 more people whose names I have to remember now?

I am sorry. I may have to simply forget FB. Meanwhile, if you are my friend on FB, don’t send me a request or an invitation to join a group or a cause. If I want to do that, I will do the homework myself. But if you insist, please don’t be upset if I don’t join.

Ivanildo C. Trindade