Posted by Peter W. Schramm
Matt Labash writes a good essay on Facebook, friendship, his wife, and boredom, and maybe even why a bad memory is better than a perfect one.
Labash's Facebook is not mine. I have not seen anyone naked nor doing weird things. The worst, ugliest, photos I have seen were those recorded of my own sons after they ran headfirst into each other while playing football and split each others' foreheads open. I think the photos of their bloody faces were taken with a cell phone camera.
Facebook is letter-writing in a multi-media digital age. For most of us, it is just a pleasure remaining connected with family and friends over distance and time. For those who find it a banality, they do not have to look at it. Even for those of us who like it, one of the appealing aspects of it is that it is available when and if you want to look. You don't have to divulge anything of yourself - it is all voluntary, the degree and frequency of participation.
Of course, I do not have as many "friends" as Mr. Labash and I only have friends who are actually... well, are friends, or at least acquaintances, and my children's friends fall in that category.
I will agree that memory is an inconstant friend and that age does none of us any favors when it comes to appearance. Don't we have to look on one another with forgiving eyes?
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