John J Sinha
FB can be a big distraction, a deviation from the real life to a virtual one. I think people should be in touch, yes, but not too much. Odd as it might sound to you, I personally believe that the mobile phone and social networking are bringing them too close than they were meant to be (as in how human beings are supposed to be); what about personal space? Personal time? A real life?
Not everybody is as well disciplined as Nipon is with making social networking a decent extension of his own life. Most people extend their own lives to Facebook and the like in the form of a honest (and sometimes not-too-honest) deception. It, I believe, leads to conflict of relationships.
When you look at the status of your friends on Facebook, does it actually reflect what they “Truly” are? Or is it how they want you to think about them? So I don’t believe it is a “true” extension of your self. I cannot buy a Ferrari in real life, but I can surely post a picture of myself in one and post it as my own.
Facebook makes it easy to for me to be dishonest and pretentious. Not that I am saying you and me are dishonest, but the average Joe on FB is not entirely honest. Anyways, the time-saving component has been enough for me. My social life has actually improved since exiting Facebook.