To Facebook or Not To Facebook…that is the question

Hi everyone. 

The magic number today is 9.  I have 9 more teaching days with my students.  Now to be honest, they have more than that, but I am using up my vacation and sick days, and therefore only have 9 glorious days!!!  And…we are projected to get another, yes another, winter storm Tuesday into Wednesday!  We’ll see if that pans out, but how crazy would that be?  In other news, I took tomorrow off because, HALLELUJIA, I am getting my braces off tomorrow!  Finally…two years, one oral surgery, countless rubber bands, buttons, cleats, and cut up lips and cheeks, later I will have a gorgeous set of pearly whites to show off!  I am very excited and plan to hop on over to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory the minute my appointment is over and get a delicious, caramel apple to bit right into!  Yum.

So, onto the point of my title.  I have a dilemma.  About a year ago, I joined Facebook and then two weeks later I deactivated my account.  There were several reasons.  One – Facebook is a black hole of time.  Two – I felt pressured into approving every friend request I got, even though I really didn’t want to have anything to do with some of the people who friended me (other than to find out if they had actually become a brain surgeon or were still living it up on their Mom and Dad’s dime – I know shame on me).  Three – I was working on finishing up my Master’s thesis and didn’t need another distraction.  However, recently, my husband joined facebook again, he quit just like I did.  Anyway, he keeps telling me that I should join back up because everyone in my family is on facebook – except maybe my Grandma, but she has gotten pretty computer savvy so you never know. 

I just can’t decide if I really want to or not.  Then there is the guilt of refusing friend requests, although, I know this is something that I must do if I want to enjoy my facebook experience.  Also, I would need to figure out a way to sift through all the idle chatter.  Some times it is fun to read, but really I don’t need to know that you just dug out the biggest ingrown toenail of your life, or your dog was humped by a rotweiler at the dog park.  Do you know what I mean?  I love sharing my stories with you all, which is why I love this blog.  So, do I join back up or not?  Such a dilemma.  What do you all think?  How much time do you spend Facebooking, or have you resisted the tempatation?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Well, until next time.  Hugs, Erica

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3 thoughts on “To Facebook or Not To Facebook…that is the question

  1. Good Morning Erica, Hurray for today, first of all!!!
    Congratulations on surviving the last two year of pain and torture. Can’t wait to see the end results. I know that your teeth were always a distraction for you and am glad that you don’t have to deal with them anymore.
    As for Facebook, I joined primarily to keep in touch with your sister, and follow her journey in Ireland, it has been nice to follow others on the site though. It seems that it is the way to communicate these days. To be honest some days I spend more time than I should on it but that is because I FARM through the site. As far as not accepting friends. I have ignored some requests but to be honest I don’t have that many people that want to friend me 😦 I have tried to look up old friends but mine are not on the site. It doesn’t bother me to not friend people, after all if you don’t want to friend them, then what do you care if you don’t. Unless it is me of course :o) You can certainly get sucked into it, but it’s a matter of what you choose to do on the site. We would love to have you back!
    Mom

  2. Ahhhh, the age old question to facebook or not to facebook. Haha! You have all valid points regarding the reactivation of your account. I wouldn’t worry about denying friends requests, in fact I am thinking right now that there are quite a few people that I will be nixing off of my friend list when I leave Ireland. I friended them just because they were classmates and I didn’t want anymore drama than they already like to bring (children). Anywhoo…..if you re-join, then only friend those you care about talking to and keeping in touch with. It’s nice to see pictures that people post and to get quick updates on things in peoples lives. I hardly spend that much time on it anymore b/c I just go on to see if there are any messages, new pics or to read the postings of the people that I care about. If you don’t want to get sucked into the black hole, then don’t start farmville, or fishville or any of those………..sorry mom. :0) I hope that this decision doesn’t cause you too much stress, b/c you know in a year or two it will be some other site that everyone’s on anyway. Good luck with your last 9 days of classes and Woohoo! for getting your braces off. I bet your teeth will be beautiful, and they will only add to the already existent beauty that you have. Love ya!
    Meg

  3. Hooray, the day has finally arrived for you to get your braces off. How wonderful after all you have been through with them. Did you get your carmel apple yet? I am sure that your teeth will look beautiful, and be worth the struggle that you went through. Only nine days left? Where were you able to find all the pictures of the number nine? You aren’t ready to be out of that school are you? Well good luck in your last days, As far as facebook goes, I can’t comment, and don’t think I want to try it so I can. As far as keeping in touch that would be great as I really like to do that, but not on facebook. Thank You.
    Love You and have a wonderful day.
    Grandma

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