Social media should improve your life, not become your life!?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Unfortunately, it is too late to tell this woman that.

Seeing this headline made my stomach sick.

This mother left her child to make sure her fake dishes hadn't spoiled in Cafe World and to see what her friends were up to. Meanwhile, her son was left unattended in the bathtub. It begs the question, has Facebook become a sickness?

Many will argue this was an isolated incident and that there is something wrong with this woman. But is this woman different than some of us? We will leave family gatherings to check out Facebook. Pull out our phones at dinner to see what our notification is for. And I saw 'we' and 'our' because truthfully, it has become how society functions around Facebook.

People update statuses constantly about what they are doing, where they are going, etc. etc. Games have been incorporated into Facebook to make the return to Facebook all that more urgent. I will say I play those games that are popular on Facebook. There is a big difference though. I live alone, do it to pass the time and know when enough is enough. I will even make the occasional joke about myself and these games. It would never interfere with the real life and what is. 

I hope everyone reads this story and takes something away from it about their own Facebook usage. Think about how it could and does affect your life. I think it is necessary to take a step back and remove yourself from it if even for a moment everyday. Remember life before Facebook sometimes. Many positives have come out of Facebook but unfortunately, it can go too far.

~If Facebook were a country, it would now be the 6th most populous in the world. -- from

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