Facing Up To Facebook

Facebook is cool. It has been a fine thing for me to keep in touch with friends I had in elementary school and since. It has information, beautiful photos, enticing recipes, even inspiring postings.

But it has other things. (Slow drumbeat in the background.)

It has opportunities that leave me wondering about, well, why would anyone want to go there? For example, something like this shows up: “Fifteen microscopic pictures of body parts that will make you sick to your stomach!” Yeah, can’t wait to check that out. Or, “Ten horrifying secrets of your favorite movie star!” How can they be secrets if they’re on Facebook? I’m sure my fetid imagination does not want to go there, either. If the lead-in is a fat John Travolta (not one of my favorites, by the way), shirtless, I’m moving on. Plenty of ick out there without hunting it down. Or “Look at what happens when a naked biker runs head-on into a bridge abutment!” Really? I know accidents on the interstate might make you slow down for a quick look, but that’s something you run into driving home from work. But to SEEK OUT! awful things is beyond me. Finally, have you clicked on this?: “Watch man eat live tarantulas!”

No. Thanks.

Time to enjoy photos of puppies and ducklings, blind dogs being led by dogs that can see, and recipes of gooey casseroles.

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