“FRIENDS… how many do you have, huh?”
By Kimberly Kelly
Feb. 15, 2009 at 10:51 PM
Let me start by saying, I’m not a big fan of the slang, “huh”… it reminds me of Junior High and that’s an awkward time for most people. Then again, “Will you be my friend? Check yes or no” also reminds me of those years… And yet, millions of adults do it each day on line with facebook!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually like facebook. (((Shocker))) I was one of those scoffers, who didn’t think it was smart to get all wrapped up in “chatting”, “profiles” and such. I still think it CAN BE a very dangerous thing in the wrong hands and should be used with caution and even MUCH supervision when it comes to teens.
For business minded adults it’s like a virtual bar, where people can meet to exchange business cards, with out having to pick up a tab.
Families have new connections never dreamed of, where a grandmother states away can feel almost like she’s next door.
Teens? When I was a little girl, I spent my summers in Mississippi with my grandmother and I would wait patiently by the mailbox, noting each minute the mail-lady was off. I was waiting for communication with my junior high boyfriend. He would write me letters; Yes, actual letters, on Garfield stationary. Kids don’t know that type of anticipation anymore… they’re annoyed when the connection is slow and their “IM” takes more than 2 seconds… I’m in my mid-thirties and yet I feel like someone who lived through the invention of the telephone or airplane! As Dylan said, “the times they are a changin’…”, yet again.
Back to “FRIENDS”… I have only been on facebook a few days now and I’ve found that people comment on, ‘how many friends’ you have. I can’t decide if we have watered down the word “friend” or if we’re all just getting “friendlier”??? It is true, I have not found many ill-spirited friends on “FB” (as the kids call it) so far, everyone has been very encouraging. Perhaps, we are all coming together? So strike up the Bob Marley tunes and “accept” a friend… or “decline”, it’s up you!
See you on the TV,