Monday, February 16, 2009

Virtual Truth

What exactly is so great about the biggest craze of the last few years of social networking? Am I just not down with what's cool? I mean I'm not really that old at 31 or at least I don't like to think so but Friendster, Myspace, Facebook... what happened to Earth World?

So I have to admit I was probably one of the first one of my friends and family on Friendster when it first came out years and years ago - like almost back in the 20th century. I found it pretty useless other than the blogging feature. Over the last few years I kept getting all my real friends giving me a hard time for not having a Myspace and then for not having a Facebook. I resisted for a long time but finally gave into both. But I still remain clueless as to what's so extraordinary about it? I mean really... I find myself and I'm sure you do too just staring at an internet page of status updates, moods, and walls of stuff that is somehow suppose to make me feel like I'm spending quality time with my "peeps".

I miss spending actual time with my flesh and blood friends. You remember that thing you do when you call up your homies to go check out a baseball game to enhance your bromance. Or maybe that late night run to Steak and Shake you do with your girls to stuff a bunch of needless milkshake lard into your thighs while laughing hysterically at nothing at all. Now that's what stays with you when you're old and crippled sitting on the front porch in the retirement years.

I guess there is one good thing about having my virtual friends who are really the same as my actual friends.... I get to see updated pictures all the time. But that's about all I can think of that's hip with all the FaceMySpaceBook orgies going on.

As my mocking blog post comes to an end all I have to say is this... I want my friends and family in the real world to - Inform me. Challenge me. Inspire me. And I will become the best man I can be in real life. But you're probably better able to accomplish this by face to face or ear to ear time on the phone with your very real friend Dustin :)

God bless and may your day be full of optimism and hope. I miss you all.