I have been on Facebook for many years now and have found that is a wonderful way to share our lives. It wasn’t too long ago when we would take pictures with our 35mm instant cameras, take the film to the store to get developed, and mail some pictures to our loved ones. The whole process could take up to two weeks. Now we snap a picture on our phone and instantly post it on Facebook for the world to see. Not only does Mom get to see the picture, but the all of friends and family. It is truly amazing how far we have come.
In the same sense, we would hand write a letter to a friend to let them know about certain events in our lives, or difficulties we have been facing and feelings that we are feeling. With today’s technology this letter should be in the form of email, but too many times I see this type of writing show up on Facebook for all the world to see. What was once private now becomes public. For someone in crisis I suppose this is a great way to gain support from our piers, but in the same sense, negative attracts negative.
This is where I have so many issues with Facebook. Too many times I scroll down to see what my peeps are up to and get beat up with all forms of negativity. I don’t like negativity in my life and certainly do not invite it. I see political opinions of the most horrible topics, those bolstering their religious views, and just old, “Life really Sucks” topics.
I wish that there was a way to filter out these messages. The problem with the human brain is that it is a master recording device. It takes in every word, every image and every movie it see’s. What we take in becomes a part of us whether we like it or not.
The same people who post these sorts of things are the same people who can post some of the most beautiful things. I have the option of un-friending someone, but I certainly do not want to miss their baby pictures, or the joy they had on vacation. Or the achievements they have had in there lives. I don’t want to miss a nephews 3rd grade photos, or the play that little Judy was in on Christmas.
I suppose we just have to take the good with the bad.