Once or twice I get the urge to quit Facebook. You know what I'm talking about. Sometimes I end up spending more time on it than I intend to. Part of the problem, dear friends, is that you're interesting. I love reading your updates, seeing your photos and videos (though I much prefer photos, so if you don't mind, please focus on those, kthanks).
I have 400+ friends, but really only keep in touch with a much smaller fraction. I have whittled it down to like-minded individuals, for the most part. By like-minded I don't mean necessarily with the same views, by the way. I mean good, smart people who are not obtuse. I have no problem unfriending folks I never interact with, or who I ultimately conclude are dumbasses. Yes, I'm judgy. Get over it. On the plus side, if you're my friend, you are not a dumbass. Hah.
Part of the problem is that people post way too many interesting articles. I could spend all my time reading articles. And then being all pedantic about all the shit I know. Ooh, look at me, I'm well-read! It's catnip to the chronic know-it-all.
Recently I received a friend request from an old friend, Cristina. We knew each other back in Hong Kong, around 1980 (if you weren't born then, GO AWAY!). I remember Cristina as a sweet, smart girl. So sweet that I don't think she was ever a cruel kid, ever. I was occasionally, though later I would be wracked with guilt. But not Cristina. I have thought about her many times over the years, and wondered where she was and what she was doing. But I couldn't remember her last name to save my life.
And lo and behold, I get a friend request from her on FB! She is in Portugal, and will move to New Zealand very soon. She is as sweet and smart as I remember her, and on her way to NZ she might be stopping by LA and we will be able to reconnect in person.
Of course, now I have to make a plan to travel to NZ, and Oz while I'm at it. I have a couple of online friends in Oz, and I'm not above meeting them in person at last!
I love technology.