I dig social media. A lot. While my sister was gabbing on the phone during her teenage years, I was typing away on AIM during mine. Communicating via the Internet played a huge role during my developmental years.
This bothers me a bit— that I’m sickly addicted to the Internet. That’s probably not healthy. Yep. But I also see Facebook as an amazing reflection tool. I’ve never kept a journal. The idea has always been too time-consuming and formal to me. Facebook, on the otherhand, is extremely approachable and convenient, so I’m consistently jotting thoughts on it.
So, I decided last night to look at my status updates over the past few years, screen shoot my favorites and bundle them as a journal. It was a fun— I relived great moments and noticed I’m happier than I ever have been. Holleerrr. And in doing this, I realized Facebook is a journal as well as a sort of guestbook. Not only do you have personal reflection, you have interaction with and feedback from friends.
A handful of major communication themes emerged while I was going through my posts, and these are my favorite five. Check it:
5. Laughing with friends by being utterly ridiculous.
4. Building a support network for those with similar addictions..
3. Getting a little push when you’re struggling.
2. Appreciating and sharing simple joys.
1. Giving and receiving simple love.
I’m glad to have captured these moments and relationships, be they ridiculously quirky or sentimental. I’m sure I’ll be happy to look back at these tidbits in years to come. Thanks, Fbook, you little addictive devil you.