Thursday, December 11, 2014

Facebook Addiction

by M. J. Joachim
I hope this one gives you a smile!

It starts out innocently enough. You sign up to get a Facebook account so you can keep in touch with distant relatives and a few friends. One chat turns to two, and then three. All too soon you learn how to turn off the chat so you can play a few games without being interrupted. You're hooked. There's no escaping it as you meet and greet new people building farms and fighting the Mafia. Then the hearts, smiles and hugs get passed around, and before you know what happened, you can't wake up in the morning without checking your email before getting your first cup of coffee. It's contagious, and you've caught the fever.

Facebook addiction should have you running for your life, but only after seeing what everyone else is up to for the day, and letting them know you won't be on for at least a week. Yea, right! Who are you kidding? You're as addicted to Facebook as everyone else. You just have one more status report to write, one more game to play, and one more link to post. Then you can take a real break from Facebook, and stare at the coffee pot, shaking from withdrawal, wondering how you're going to work at your computer and beat all those temptations that are interfering with your job anyway.

It's even worse when you need to do some research on the internet. There it is at the top of your screen, that little box that's only a click away. Quick! Switch gears and check your email before it's too late! Gotcha! Your inbox is filled with Facebook messages, replies to posts you've made or commented on, friends accepting your invitation from a few weeks or months ago, and friend requests from people who should definitely be on your inside circle for better networking capabilities. What are you going to do now?

Good move, as you calmly get up to stretch your legs and use the bathroom. It's probably time for a little snack too. Hey, that's a great idea! Why don't you call your mom who you haven't seen in a few weeks because of your all too busy schedule, and drive thirty miles across town to have lunch with her? You can catch up on all the latest family news without ever signing into Facebook and enjoy a relaxing drive too.

As you greet your mom for the first time in weeks, she tells you she has a surprise for you. She brings you back to your old room that she's converted into an office and says, "I followed your advice and stayed anonymous. But I need you to help me figure out how to add you as a friend on my new Facebook account, and since you're already here, now is as good a time as any. Don't you think?"

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing my post today!

M. J.

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