A thousand years from now, I wonder what we will have to reflect our society. Broken computer chips that contain only bits and bytes of people's stories?
Ebooks are selling more than hardbacks (probably has something to do with how expensive hardbacks are!). How long will it be before ebooks sell more than paperbacks? I'm hearing that some schools already have students using ebooks instead of textbooks.
Recently, I downloaded a 35-page autobiography of a beloved author. It took me a week to read it. I don't own an ebook reader of any kind, so I read it on my computer. It was agony. The electronic format made it hard to follow. Since I was still "quarantined" due to my last chemo, I couldn't run out to the print shop to get it printed.
I believe it's now becoming more "cool" to NOT have Facebook than it is to have it. I was a kicker and screamer in joining Facebook, but I am a convert. Facebook is perfect for someone like me. I still draw the line at Twitter, though!
I live abroad and FB has allowed me to keep in touch with friends from around the world in an easy manner. I don't believe doing so has prohibited me from maintaining face-to-face relationships right where I am. Due to the time difference, I'm usually on FB in the mornings and evenings . . . the bookends of my day. I don't really interact on FB with people that I see regularly . . . it's with those I don't see that I keep up with the most.
FB has become even more integral in my communication since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The support I am receiving from all walks of my life has been invaluable to me. I am in touch with some of my earliest friends and we have been able to support each other through thick and thin.
Because I live in an area where a quick response to a medical emergency could be challenging, I keep myself quarantined after each chemotherapy cycle until my blood counts are back to normal. Having FB (and other things) to communicate with people has been very important to me. It keeps me from going more stir-crazy than I already am.
There are many parts of social media that I don't understand. It seems people take a lot of pictures and instantly post them rather than just enjoying the moment. It's almost like people enjoy being an observer more than being a participant.
I don't understand all the games. Each time FB makes an update, I find I have to go back and reset all the settings to block the games postings from all the games players. You know who you are! :)
And the quotes and sayings and "copy and paste this status" . . . ! I REALLY don't understand those! It seems that many want to be philosophical, but they choose the most random things to be philosophical about. Musings from a starlet who committed suicide aren't exactly inspiring to me!
But all in all, Facebook has been good for me. It's free, so I shouldn't complain about any of it. I have control over my computer and how much time I spend on it. However, I do wonder about the one friend who posts when he is going to take a nap! Wait . . . I've done the same thing!
I'm grateful for you all. Thanks for following my story through FB, emails, phone calls, blogs and face-to-face interaction. They're all good!