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The Facebook Addiction

Facebook. If you've never heard of Facebook, you had to have spent the last decade in one of the following situations:

    1. You've been locked up in prison for murder.

 

    1. You've lived in a 3rd world country that has zero access to the internet.

 

    1. You've lived deep in the woods and away from all civilization, Henry David Thoreau style.

 

    1. You're blind and deaf, like a modern-day Helen Keller.

 

    1. You've been raised by wolves.

 

    1. You're not very observant to the world around you, and you've purposefully shut-out all discussions about Facebook and avoided the internet.

 

    1. You we're brought up in a fundamentalist type of society that had no connection to the outside world.

If you can identify with any of those situations listed above, this post is not for you. Come back tomorrow. If you are part of the other 98% of the world and have heard of Facebook, however, you might find some enjoyment from this post.

Facebook is like a plague; a modern-day plague. There is no escaping it. Even if you delete your profile, Facebook continues to hold onto all of your information. Why? Because they know you will be back; and when you come back, they know that you won't want to go through the painstaking task of setting up your page and re-adding all of your friends. You cannot outrun The Facebook.

Why do we keep running back to Facebook? Why can't we just delete our profiles and move on with our lives? Here's why: because deleting your profile off Facebook, in a way, cuts you off from the rest of society. You become an outcast. Your profile picture no longer pops up on other people's smartphones when you try to call/text them. Your "friends" and family can no longer see where you are, what you're doing, or how your day is going. You can no longer see who's dating whom, who's married whom, and who's had babies. You can no longer stalk other people's lives through their pictures. You'll never remember anyone's birthday, and no one will remember yours. You can no longer receive invites to events held by friends or family. You can no longer receive extra lives, extra moves, or help unlocking the next episode in Candy Crush Saga. You might as well just be dead to the world.

Believe it or not, there was a time when Facebook wasn't like this. Yes, I am about to have a "back in my day" moment. When Facebook first came on the scene, it was strictly for college kids. You had to have a verified student email address to set up a profile. I'll never forget how excited I was that I could finally get a Facebook. It was 2005. I was a senior in high school, taking dual-credit courses (which, if you don't know, are courses taken through a local college that are taught at your high school and you receive both high school and college credit for them), and had a college email set up through the community college I was doing my courses through. I felt like such a badass. Everyone in school had MySpace or Xanga, but only a select few could have Facebook. That was the initial beauty of Facebook: exclusivity. Because only college students could access the site and look at profiles, you didn't have to worry about your parents, parent's friends, or potential employers checking out your profile. You could be as bold, outspoken, and stupid as you wanted.

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Well, all that boldness and stupidity came back to bite us in the ass whenever Facebook started allowing parents (and everyone else for that matter) to start making profiles. From that moment forward, Facebook was forever ruined. I remember shortly after my mother got on Facebook, my younger brother and I we're having a fake argument on one of his wall posts. My mother thought we we're serious and proceeded to chew us out on said wall posts for all the world to see. She also took the time to go through every one of my posts and pictures (about 3-4 years worth at that point) and let me know exactly what she thought of all of them. "I don't remember that guy, Chelsea. Who was he?" "I would've NEVER let you walk out of the house looking like that!" "Stop cussing! Your grandpa sees your posts!" "You look bloated. Are you on your period?" To make matters worse, Mom discovered how to upload pictures and tag me in them. FML.

Now that I am in my mid-late twenties, I'm starting to notice a growing trend amongst all of my old high school buddies. They have to delete their profiles when they are job-searching. Why? Because many potential employers are starting to pre-screen potential employees on Facebook. I don't like knowing that the string of stupid pictures and videos that I took of myself being a naive little idiot in my late teens/early twenties could lower my chances of getting a good-paying job. I've worked hard to get where I am, damn it. Just because I took a picture of myself when I was drunk, wearing a low-cut top and booty shorts, and looking like a hot mess when I was 18 doesn't mean I'm not a hard worker. Sure, I can delete all of those photos (or untag myself in them), but that's not the point. The point is, Facebook should not be used as a screening tool for employers.

SO, again, why can I not just delete my profile and move on with my life? Because my mother will yell at me. Because my grandmother will yell at me. Because I'll never remember my friend's birthdays. Because I won't be able to stalk the skinny popular chicks from my high school who have all recently turned into fat mothers of multiple children (and have the satisfaction that my life is slightly better than many of theirs). Because I'll no longer be able to stalk ex-boyfriends and see who they're currently dating or how miserabletheir lives have become. And because I will lose my main platform to display how awesome I am (yes, I'm that narcissistic. Most people, yourself probably included, are Facebook narcissists. Admit it.).

Facebook is a drug. And I'm an addict. No matter how many times I try to quit Facebook, I always relapse. There was once a point in my life where I checked the Facebook app on my phone every 5-10 minutes. That is no way to live, yet people do it every day. We can't help it. We are more concerned with the relationships we have on Facebook (and how those relationships appear) than we are about our real life relationships. What a sad society we have become.

In conclusion: Facebook has ruined the world. And I can't seem to break away from it's trap.

Before I take my leave, Let me give a big thank you to the folks at Cambridge laboratories. They're a savy joint health supplement shop in Ontario. The concept for this post came about due to a talk I had with Steve over there. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this article. Until next time.

Notes

http://wallaceliving.ca - Jair, you came through for me for a second time.
http://smilesunlimited.ca - Use these folks constantly.

Posted in Health and Medical Post Date 07/02/2015


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