6 minutes of Facebook

so there i was sometime last week, checking my Facebook account, finding out what’s going on in my social circle… 

… one facebook “friend” misses someone… another one was raving about his workout… one was in between flights… one was in pain — had something to with his legs or something… about five different people posting how bored they were…  one was seemingly annoyed at someone else… and the posts went on and on…

when i got tired of reading the current status or posts of my “friends,” i went to look at my profile, my wall, to find out if someone’s saying hi to me or is saying something nice about me… or if someone is sending me whatever gift, blessing or what-have-yous that you can give to your FB friends…

then i sent an fb mail to some friends and some cousins… even checked if there was someone interesting enough to chat with…

and then i went to view the profile of some of my friends… then the profile of my non-friends… then i checked if i was somewhat connected to an ex-boyfriend… seeing that i wasn’t, i still tried to view his profile just the same…

… and then, WHAM! …  i stopped.  it was like i was hit by a lightning… or better yet, it was like a piano fell right on top of me (Looney Tunes style), making me stop right there.  i looked at the watch and realized that i have spent practically an hour just viewing facebook…  one hour?! it has been that long?!  what the h#@% was i thinking– or in this case, doing? oh yeah, facebook. i was doing facebook.

the realization suddenly hit me… i have wasted too much of time doing nothing but finding out what other people are doing.  people who, like me, were also wasting their time when they can be doing something else. something more productive.  that one hour that i spent in facebook world could have been used to compose a masterpiece.  or i could have spent that hour reading a book, learn something new, learn a foreign language… learn how to cook Mediterranean food, for heaven’s sake!   but no, i spent that hour — and most hours of my day– finding out what’s going on in my so-called friends’ lives.  gosh, most of them aren’t even really my friends. i mean, there are people i never met in my entire existence who are now my facebook friends — simply because they sent me a friend request and i was too nice to say, Get lost, stranger! (of course, i will never do that! manners, manners!).  and there are still others whom i never, and i say, NEVER, talked to in school when we were still in school… but of course now that we’re all grown up and supposed to be mature enough, we are now fb friends.

before i turn snooty and everything, my point is, i realized that i was spending too much time with fb.  time that i could have used up elsewhere.  but then, fb can really be addictive! i mean, who wouldn’t want to know how bored other people are, right?  you get my drift.

and so i decided to take an fb sabbatical.  i told myself i won’t check my fb for two weeks. maybe after two weeks i’ll realize that it’s not so bad not being in the loop after all.  i mean, there must be life outside the fb world, right?  and it wouldn’t hurt not being a stalker of sorts for two weeks, right?

i am proud to say that i am doing pretty well. oh yeah, i kinda caved and cheated earlier — i had to get an email address which was saved in one of my mails (yeah, right, like i can’t access it at yahoo).  and so i gave myself 6 minutes. 6 minutes to take in whatever i can on that given afternoon.

6 minutes of facebook and this is what i got:  i gained another relative (by affinity, because the person based it on my husband’s family name)… i learned that one “friend” misses someone so — wait, wasn’t she the same person missing someone last week?… someone just had sumptuous lunch… one friend loving the world, another one hating it… i found out i had 2 new friend requests, strangers all — whom i happen to share a mutual friend with, 1 friend request from someone i swear i never talked to in high school…  i got a couple of blessings… i got hit by an alligator pillow… and i was invited twice to join the Haiti cause…

… and before the computer self destructed in front of me (in 5 seconds, Mission Impossible style), i said goodbye to my social circle and logged off…

Darn it, i forgot to get the email address i was supposed to retrieve…