Facebook: The Peace Maker And The Fire Starter

I think it’s time to admit it, we all take Facebook a little too seriously. And this post is definitely a reflection of that statement. However, in recent months I have come to realize that this social media site designed to build relationships does, in fact, tear them apart at the same time.

A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany! (My apologies, but I’ve never been able to write that word without an exclamation point)

I began realizing that a lot of the kids I went to school with from kindergarten through high school were supporting, congratulating and “liking” the posts, events, and profile pic changes of each other.

Seems normal right?

Until I realized that Billy Sue was rooting on Amanda Jean in her quest to get pregnant. And Frankie Lou was consoling Micky Jay after the loss of a loved one. Record scratch. Back up. Wait a minute. Hold. The. Phone. Billy Sue hated Amanda Jean in high school because she dated the star of the football team. And Frankie Lou swore he would never talk to Micky Jay again after he pantsed him in the middle of Chemistry Lab.

Yet here they are edifying one another.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This is a beautiful thing. I’m not one to hold grudges and I love seeing that my friends are doing the same. Or maybe they really have worked out their issues. Even better.

Chalk one up for Facebook in the Peace Maker category.

Of course for every heads, there is a tails. For every yin, there is a yang. And that my friends is Dr. Jekyll, maker of peace’s arch nemesis, the destroyer of all things, Mr. Hyde.

How many relationships have we seen in the real world fail because of this site. Yes, the thought that these issues are deeper than a post has been noted. However, Sally June could have very well liked a picture of Anthony Neil in his swim trunks and therefore severely ticked off Ally Jane. This led to Ally Jane writing a passive aggressive status that got the attention of many of Sally June’s friends and eventually Sally June. A few aggressive pokes and block contents later and the worst happens.

Unfriended.

These two, in the real world, will never speak to nor see each other again. It happens more often than you think. It’s also the reason that I haven’t unfriended certain people. I refuse to be the meanie in this situation. I’ll let them make the decision because, quite frankly, I’m not affected by this social media nonsense.

Even though I did just devoted an entire blog to it.

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