I post therefore I am

By Susann Robbins
Online Editor

I caught my daughter and my nephew raising havoc - quietly - in the house. I saw this pic on a friends page and had to repost it.

Posted on Aug. 8, 2012

Facebook, texting, IM’ing and Google have become a pillar of our lives, but do we really know how to use these tools appropriately? An assignment has forced me to reflect on my and other people’s behavior.

In my English 1010 class, we have been looking at different articles for our summary-response draft. The articles are “I Think Therefore IM” from Jennifer Lee (published in The New York Times on Sept. 19, 2002); “Mark Zuckerberg Uses the Word ‘Social’ a Lot” by David Gelles (posted on Slate on Dec. 5, 2010), and “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr (published in the Atlantic magazine in the July/August 2008 issue).

All these articles discuss new technologies and their influence on the people using them.

Lecture prompts analysis

This prompted me to analyze the way I and others have used Facebook and the somewhat recently developments I have observed on Facebook.

First, I am as guilty as most of overusing Facebook and posting what I probably never should have posted in the first place. This ranges from personal information to washing dirty laundry publicly to writing about all I have done that day. Thankfully, I have grown out of this and use Facebook to stay in contact with friends and family, brag about my child, show off the cakes I’ve baked and post the occasional “deep” thought or funny discoveries on Facebook.

I like to think I have matured and given more thought to my postings. Others have not made that adjustment yet, so they have frequent posts about every single event in their day rather than just the highlights or low points.

I constantly see people changing from being in a relationship to being single because they had a fight with their significant other. But this is rather comical in some aspects because you know hours later they will be back together and “oh, soo happy.”

I don’t need to know about every single item someone eats or how many times someone uses the bathroom. Give me the highs and lows.

Also, remember some information is best kept for face-to-face interaction or at least a phone conversation.

After hearing a lot of talk and opinion about women and tattoos, I saw this picture and had to post it. Tattoos are decision for each person, and I don't think that it is right to judge a book by its cover.

Posted on Sep. 6, 2012

Facebook doesn't replace
face-to-face conversations

Facebook seems to be the portal to put anything and everything up, the new way of sending out RSVPs for events (even major, life-changing ones) without ever actually talking to someone. One should not find out through Facebook a new grandchild has joined the family or who has married.

Another issue with social media is the “like” or “hate” groups. While there is room for appreciation and supporting posts for causes, why must some comment negatively on anything and everything?

A recent example that had my blood boiling involved people posting nasty and thoughtless comments on a picture of a man in uniform crying while holding his newborn. I can understand the people who said the caption was out of place; it said, “Like if you care; keep scrolling if you don’t.”

Someone posted he wouldn’t “like” the picture because that was part of what men and women in the military signed up for: to defend their country, leave their loved ones behind and die in the line of duty. I wanted to ask the person who said this if he had been or had people close to him in the military.

This post came out of defiance, I realized I am too old to pretend I am something that I am not and felt I had to announce it to the world.

Posted on Jan. 12, 2012

Yes, military members know they must deploy and leave their families, but it doesn’t make it any easier to miss the birth of your child, other birthdays in the family or the opportunity to see children grow up. Unless you have walked a mile in someone’s shoes, or combat boots for that matter, you cannot judge.

Think before you post

Let’s take a minute to think before posting or commenting. While I have restrained myself from posting as much and as carelessly as I have in the past, I am still a person full of opinion. “Sometimes I pretend to be normal. But it gets boring… So I get back to being me,” my post from Jan. 12, 2012.

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