Your picture frames have changed, and so has your name

I’m suffering from this new dilemma. It has to do with Facebook. (Doesn’t everything?)

This isn’t about how the Facebook newsfeed is now all shared articles, video ads, or people sharing photos attached to recipes. (Where are the pithy status updates of yore? I never thought I’d miss them, but I do.)

This is a relatively new dilemma. Here it is: I’ve started seeing photos where, even when I study each face, I have no idea who anyone in the photo is.

Sometimes, while scrolling, I’ll pass the header telling me “So and so is tagged in a photo.” Then I stare at the photo and try to figure out which one of these people is my friend. When I can’t figure it out, I scroll up, go, “Oh yeah, wow, she’s really changed since middle school” (or whatever), and then go on my way.

But it makes me wonder what is the point of being friends with people if:

a) I never talk to them;
b) they never talk to me;
c) I can’t recognize them in a picture; or
d) there are more than 2 degrees of separation between us.

Not to sound exclusive or anything, but if I’m going to waste time on Facebook, I’d prefer to waste it on people I actually know in real life and care about. (Along those lines, I guess I should also excise those people I’ve hidden and thus forgotten about.)

Oh Facebook…what will I worry superficially about when you’re no longer a thing?

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2 responses to “Your picture frames have changed, and so has your name

  1. Facebook is getting so boring and I think we should all stop using it, we are not getting rich off it. I am starting to use it only once a week and that is it. I changed to Pinterest.

  2. Yeah. There was this rash of Everyone From My High School joining Facebook and friending everyone from their class (and their siblings). And now I wonder why (whyyyyy?) I accepted some of the requests when I really, truly have no memory of some of these people. If Facebook hadn’t told me we had 17 mutual friends we definitely would never have reconnected. So. I feel ya.

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