Facebook…in real life?

I thought John Spencer’s take on what it looks like when an online social media site meets reality was really neat, and something I never would have considered before.  I do understand though that these are two very different worlds for many.  I myself, like to think I wouldn’t say anything online that I wouldn’t say in person but I know this isn’t the case for everyone.  Online spaces give people a sort of freedom or depth they may not feel in their day-to-day life.  I think there is plenty of room for this in my own life also but we need to be careful and most certainly be “real” as John put it.     

I thought his Living Facebook experiment was a really unique and effective one.  The part I connected with the most was when he said “social media compresses us”.  I completely agree with this!  I think the personal touch of many things has been lost with all the “online” ways to stay connected and be social.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have facebook, I text a fair bit, and I am attempting the Twitter thing….but to me there is no greater joy than making home-made birthday/thank-you cards, decorating a cake for my son or making a friend a gift.  I live for stuff like this, which is why I enjoyed what John T. Spencer had to say, because he reminded me once again to keep the balance between the two worlds.

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3 responses to “Facebook…in real life?

  1. John T. Spencer

    Thanks for the kind words. I love what you said about, “but to me there is no greater joy than making home-made birthday/thank-you cards, decorating a cake for my son or making a friend a gift.” I think people are waking up from digital whiplash and asking, “What did we lose?”

  2. Brennen Schmidt

    Thanks for the post! One thing that I thought I would share is the darker side of Google – sort of. I made a comment on a blog post for an organization I was a part of, and two years later, my comment is still on Google despite the fact that my opinion and views have changed somewhat. Have you noticed this too?

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