International Writers Magazine: Facebook Issues
you May Know
A few days ago
Im lackadaisically browsing Facebook, when out of the corner
of my eye something interesting pops up. Its pictures of people
from my redneck town that I went to high school with. Its Facebooks
newest way of stalking called "People You May Know."
Now Im intrigued.
I click it to get a whole list of "People I May Know". Hmm...
Macey Floyd. Cant stand her. The next person on the list is Nina
Moody, the girl who baked herself orange from going to the tanning bed
more than recommended. Negative, I definitely do not want to be friends
with her. Then there is Michael Ansley. Thats the fat kid who
used to put me in lockers in middle school. Nice, the fat boy bully
grew up to be an even bigger and meaner man working in construction.
Then, Marin Greenes picture pops up. Thats the girl who
stole my boyfriend junior year. Sure, Ill add her to my friends
list, only to find out where she lives and go to her home and punch
her in the face.
Basically, Facebook should change the "People You May Know"
feature, into the "People You May Hate." You can stalk your
enemies via Facebook, and know everything that they are up to. You can
laugh at their misfortunes. Why should I friend these people and pretend
like I like them? With that comes the 'OMG I miss you so much. When
are you coming home from school? We should totally like hang out and
catch up!' Seriously?
Instead of friending them, I can just stalk them from afar and not make
the people I grew up with think that I actually like them Maybe its
just me. Maybe other people have had positive experiences with the people
from their high school. Maybe Im the only one whose towns
young adult population is locked up or knocked up, or some varying degree
of the two. Maybe Im just a cynical bitch. But by not involving
myself with these people and getting out of my dead end town, Ive
made at least two more steps in the right direction than they ever will.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent, namely me.
© Lexi Vance April 2008
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