All things considered I love the accessibility of social media. I love being able to have the world at my fingertips. I absolutely love all of my electronic devices that allow me to post, chat, peruse, read and catch up with people in my life. But sometimes…..sometimes……it works against me.
I am on Facebook and have been for quite a few years. I originally fought it when my sister, who was in graduate school at the time, tried to get me to join so that I could be a part of her “circle” of Facebook friends. I didn’t see the point since I was not in academia. It seemed like it was just for high school and college kids and since I was neither I did not think it was appropriate.
Then I got sucked in. And boy–did I ever. I spend far more time on Facebook and Twitter than I ever imagined. I suspect that if I were working a real job instead of being Chris’s personal assistant (and yes–that is a real job—who else would mail his packages and make his morning coffee?) I would not be such an addict but truth be known—I am. I log on constantly to see status updates and the latest items on Pinterest. You never know what you will find on there that could be helpful.
I have reconnected with high school and even a grade school friend that I had lost track of many moons ago. I have many blogger friends whose friendships have now leaked over into their personal Facebook pages as a result of following their blogs. I have found it to be interesting to find out what all these folks are doing these days and see how my life parallels or does not parallel their lives.
The other day I searched for someone from my past. (And what a deep dark past it is!) What I found was unexpected and while I found this person I did not click the “friend request requested” button. Perhaps I was a little scared that this person would think that I was of the stalking nature. Perhaps I was a little scared how the request would be received. Perhaps I decided that we had both moved on with our lives and our paths did not need to cross again in this lifetime. Perhaps I am just being silly. That is probably not a perhaps but a given.
It made me wonder if I am alone. Have you ever reconnected with someone through social media and then regretted it??? I would love to hear your stories if you have them!!! All things considered I think I am glad that I did not click that “send” button after all.