that is, as long as I'm buying ....
Is it any wonder I've got too much time on my hands?
and it's ticking away with my sanity
I've got too much time on my hands
it's hard to believe such a calamity ..."
"Too Much Time on My Hands" ~ Styx
You know the old saying that it only takes one person to ruin something good for everyone?
That's starting to be the case for Facebook. It only takes ... oh, I don't know, around 350 gazillion (or however many members they're up to now) to ruin what was something good for the rest of us sane people.
Now, I'm just as much of a Facebook addict as the next yahoo. I admit that and I own up to spending way more time there than I should. That's because I love being in touch on a daily basis with relatives I only see at funerals, with my college roommates, my best friend from kindergarten. Truly, I do. I also like being Friends with my blogging buddies.
I can deal with the annoyance of getting Friend requests from wackos who remember verbal zingers I hurled back in 1986. From my childhood friends' parents and my kids' teachers, for God sakes. I can even deal with the requests to become a farmer, a mob boss, a wizard, or a chef. Ignore, ignore, ignore. Defriend, defriend, defriend. Block, block, block.
But within the past week or so, my annoyance has reached a new high. And now that Facebook is the social media equivalent of the junk fax (remember those, from when the fax was the kick-ass thing?) the chain letter, and the forwarded to a million people e-mail, it's losing its appeal.
I think it started with all these ridiculous fan pages and "groups." You know what I'm talking about, because like me, you also have that Friend who joins groups like "I had someone talk to me about a facebook status I had last night" or "so-and-so became a fan of Give Mr. Hentz a Raise."
Even all that was tolerable. So was the bra color thing. Cute, funny for a few minutes, and I'll even go so far as to say well-intended but slightly misguided.
But now, I can't even keep up with the absurdity. When they're not shuffling statuses, I have Friends doing odd things, posting them as statuses that I don't understand. I have people who are telling me what to repost as my status. Clearly, some people have way too much time on their hands.
Frankly, it's just becoming juvenile. And I'm no social media expert (although, no one is more surprised than me that I am going to be paid a decent sum in a few weeks to talk to a group of nonprofit directors about exactly that ... so maybe I do know a thing or two) but mark my words: this crap is going to be the end of Facebook. I think I am probably very much a Facebook fuddy-duddy, very much in the minority who doesn't care about this crap and wants the substantive Facebook of old back.
Maybe this is the natural trajectory, the logical evolution of such things. Maybe Facebook is only a fad at best or at its worst, an illusion that brings us all together before the end of time.
Too much time on my hands, too much time on my hands
Too much time on my hands, too much time on my ....