A friend recently shared his philosophy about Facebook with me, and I have to admit that I think he is on to something.
It’s all about “connection”.
Of course it is, right? It’s amazing to find that old girl (or boy) friend and see how fat they’ve gotten, or how successful they are. Isn’t it? Doesn’t it feel good to reconnect with your first boss, your first employee, or your high school gym teacher? It’s great right? You send a few sentences, you catch up, and you make well-meaning promises to meet over a drink to discuss more.
Does it happen? No. Likely the only thing that will happen is that you will run across their name a few times a year when Facebook randomly decides that it’s time to poke them or write on their wall. Then you will remember your excited agreement to meet up and discuss life, only those plans are now six months old. Or more.
My friend believes that maybe some people just aren’t meant to connect again, and that the mystical connection fairy of Facebook has somehow thrown a wrench into the cosmic "way of things." (I’m paraphrasing here.)
Perhaps he is right.
So what now? Do I disconnect?