After watching the new Facebook movie, "Social Network," about the creator of the site, Mark Zuckerberg, I ironically am feeling rather down-in-the-dumps today while using the ever-popular website at work (can you say, lots of free time?).
During college, I had lots of action on Facebook... I started my first account in 2007 when, if my rusty memory is correct, only college students had access to the site. And it was a fun, addicting way to keep in touch over the summer with my friends.
Now, however, I'm working alone mostly, and my college friends have graduated and we've all scattered to the far corners of the earth. I bought into the horrid lie that Facebook alone would keep us all in touch, but no. It takes a little more than daily status updates to keep friendships alive. Was I really just totally stuck on myself to think my friendships would stay strong while I neglected my friends in far away places? Yup, apparently so. I'm finding that even my cousins who live 15 minutes away seem distant.
Social networking is baffling to me. I must be really horrible at making friends in real life, because I find myself relying on Facebook alone to keep in contact with people.
The only person I talk to on a regular basis outside of Facebooking is my boyfriend. How awful is that?!
And I don't know if this is just something unique to me--because maybe I'm just horrible at being sociable. I don't know. But I feel more and more like I'm drifting away from people I know and love--and have over 600 friends on Facebook.
Does anyone else find themselves feeling ironically distant from their uber-connected Facebook friends?