I was inspired today to write this post after posting a status update on Facebook that read, “Thomas W.P. Slatin wonders why he uses Facebook when nobody ever writes anything to him.”
I wrote this update out of sadness. Sadness that despite trying to keep in touch with all of my friends over the years, I’ve moved into the digital era and joined Facebook, where all of my friends can connect with me and all of their friends in real-time. However despite my active “liking” of their posts, posting comments, and writing on their walls, it seems that nobody is interested in keeping in touch with me.
It goes far above and beyond Facebook; I had the same problem with MySpace. Take my website for example. For years (a little over a decade), I had lots of traffic. Lots. Lately I’ve had close to none. My friends used to always stop by and send me e-mails, comment on things, and best of all, send me some of their own original content to “plug” for them. Not anymore. Everyone I know just keeps me at arm’s length. I’m a friend on Facebook that nobody really cares about; that one friend in a group of friends that nobody likes.
- February 21, 2013: Walled-In: Life Without Facebook: Zenhabits