In today’s day and age, everyone is on the internet and is connected through the social network mania. As college students, it almost seems like a requirement to be on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Youtube in order to survive. I am not sure when this obsession first began but somehow it has evolved into the defining aspect of my generation.
I had a rude awakening the other day when a friend questioned me about something I posted on facebook. I changed my relationship status and literally in minutes I started receiving text messages and in-person questioning from all of my friends. I am somewhat a private person, so when my friends want to know the details of the hows, whens, and wheres, I have little response to give them. But my friend gave me a sort of slap in the face when she said, “When you put it on facebook, it becomes public information.” While I would love to argue with this statement and state my case to the death. I know in reality that she is correct. You should not put anything online that you don’t want people to know.
The reason I love sites like Facebook is that it allows me to stay connected with people who I otherwise would not be able to talk to. I moved away from my home in Michigan to Oklahoma when I was 16 and therefore missed out on a lot of monumental stepping stones with all my friends. Facebook allowed me to stay connected with them. Similarly, all the friends I have made from my high school in Oklahoma, the university I attended my first year of college and the different people I have met over the years, I am happy to be able to keep in touch with them. It’s like they are closer because they are a click away but some of them may in reality be as far as states or countries away.
I guess Facebook and I have a hate/love relationship. I love that it allows me to stay connected with people who I care about but am unable to talk to often. However, I really hate people’s scrutiny and questions. I guess I hate feeling like I am under another person’s microscope and hate the idea of people being in my business. I guess that just comes with life, and since I am in college, it’s time to realize that really what people think doesn’t matter. Although, I will definitely be sure to watch what I make public information, really people’s nosey eyes should not affect me.