Facebook stole my joy

I love social media. I think it’s a great way to stay in contact with relatives and friends from the past. I love looking at pictures of families, weddings, and all the adventurous things people do. I even enjoy looking at people’s food posts. BUT Facebook stole my joy. You see, I don’t have my birthday listed on my profile because I don’t necessarily enjoy getting birthday wishes on my page. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s super sweet when people want to celebrate me, BUT today I had people write on my wall instead of text or call. And it makes me sad. It makes me sad that we live in a world where social media is our main form of contact. That a phone call or text isn’t more personal anymore. I know we’ve definitely got away from cards (although I love those too), but I hate to think we are steering clear of phone calls and text messages too. I know I am friends on Facebook with TONS of people who I would say are just acquaintances and I don’t know their birthday off the top of my head… and I am admitting I am just as guilty of writing on their wall on their birthday. Today I realized how impersonal I was being because I felt very sad when I got wall postings instead of calls or texts. Maybe that means I’m selfish and I should just be happy to get anything at all… but I’m letting go of Facebook because it stole the joy out of my birthday.

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