It occurred to me that I have 362 friends on Facebook and I must only talk to about 5% of that, physically! And I have a good chunk of friends who don't even have Facebook!
Now, I know what you're thinking; He's gonna start talking about doing a clear out and deleting people he doesn't talk to. Actually no. The opposite! Starting next year, I'm going to do an illustration of each one of my Facebook friends, daily! These will just be based on any images I can find of those people.
This is merely an experiment and a way for me to try and re connected with people I haven't spoken to in YEARS. It's also just a chance of having fun and seeing what the reactions are.
I see Facebook as a black hole; A dumping ground of social normality. It's like a lens; we see each other based on our status updates and images. It really over shadows our original experiences with meeting each other. You no longer think of the events and circumstances in which you met; you just see each other as that Facebook lingerer who doesn't post much or maybe they do and it's only of certain things you don't like. Either way, you're tainted by the digital effect. You've established your close circle; your closed community. No one gets in. Not unless they've proved they are worthy. Maybe this is the way things are now. OR maybe it's because social media is designed to keep you happy. You don't need that friend you met two years ago at T in the Park; they provide nothing to you. They annoy you by posting garbage like their opinion 'n' that. You don't need someone tainting your precious news feed that gives you exactly what YOU WANT TO SEE.
I've fantasised about deleting my Facebook for years but never actually done it. But maybe it's not just a matter of getting rid of it, but living with it; Making the most of what we consider integral to our social lives now. Maybe the reason I'm frustrated with it is because I don't interact with it anymore.
So here's a homage to everyone I've met in my life who has stuck around on my Facebook! I wish being connected meant what it sounded like but it doesn't. It just means having one another on speed dial. It's more like a mentality thing; knowing that someone is just a click away but not actually going through the whole effort of catching up.