What is it like…

What is it like…

To go back to the days when Facebook is not the primary mode of communication?

Admittedly, the website has invaded in most aspects of my life. I am constantly on Facebook via an array of devices. I receive notification alerts on my iPod Touch; I receive email notifications through my GMail account. I chat with my friends via Facebook Chat. When I am off the site, I am constantly online on Facebook Chat still via the primary browser that I am using: Rockmelt. I am constantly connected with my friends via my newfeed stream; constantly chatting and sharing with groups/cliques via ‘secret’ groups.

The list goes on.

However, a new friend has brought that invasion to a halt. She does not have a Facebook account, even though she is a tad younger than me. *Cues music from suspense film* Amazing, isn’t it? Yes, one may argue that she is not keeping up with the times. *Look! EVERYONE is using Facebook! Who doesn’t?!* Her. Anyway whatever the reasons (DISTRACTIONS), what this brought about is a new-found curiosity. Admittedly, I would usually look at the profile of a new ‘friend’ on Facebook. Come on, who does not? Ain’t everyone curious about the others.

With Facebook, we know the past of the ‘friend’ without asking him/her about it. We know everything: “Who s/he went out with often?”, what are her likes and dislikes, what is her personality like, the list can go on. Without Facebook, we do not know about a new friend. Note: the lack of quotation marks. Not that I am defining who are friends or not here. I have great Facebook friends who are great off-line friends as well. Before I digress further… Without Facebook, making a friend becomes more active, more participatory. We ask for more information, learn what are the out-of-bounds, understanding the intrinsic motivations to act and emote her personality, learn how to be a better friend.

In my ending note: I am enjoying the process.


P.S. The newfound friend does have a presence online, Twitter and blog, and no, she is not behind times.


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