Facebook is really freakin’ me out

Cocoa Beach Pier old man surfer
Couple days ago at Cocoa Beach. We can easily drown in the sea of lifetime choices we are confronted with.


Facebook has really freaked me out this past year.

It’s unmanageable with the other commitments clamoring for attention in our lives; can’t keep up with all the activity. Does anyone else feel guilt, or struggle with this?

On Facebook, society at large presents their best foot forward, or their deepest grief. Do we try to keep up, daily, with hundreds of magic and tragic updates?

How often do active users have to look at their phones each day? And if it isn’t number of looks, then how much time is required, each day/week? And if we are just skimming, why? What’s the motive? To compare? To be rubberneckers on the highway of life?

What is this auto pilot reaction to “Like” so many things? i feel like i want to and that i should – it’s the friendly thing to do – but then i start wondering, “Do we post updates to see how many likes we can get, like some weird video game in pursuit of our high score?”

So yeah, pretty freaked out in 2015.




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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I love the magic and tragic analogy. That seems to be so true but for me that is okay. If a friend posts too much tragic I do have to unfollow. I don’t think I can hear too much magic, I enjoy it. I know for me, if I like a post it is because I like it! If it doesn’t move me in someway, I don’t click like. Usually I post to be helpful or to be kind or to share my magic! I truly think Facebook (social media) has to be an individual thing. If you are not getting anything out of it, don’t waste your time.

  2. I think it’s more like a newspaper. You get updates on what’s going on in the world very quickly depending on who you follow. You get to block who you don’t want to hear from or about. I love to see pictures, too. It’s a way to keep in touch with old friends and to update old friends. I put my husband’s obituary on facebook to spread the word – which I was against in the beginning but my kids talked me in to it. The newspapers charged $300 -this was free and reached the people i wanted to know. So, there is good and bad.

  3. Cindy, just sent you an email about you and Richard.

    Second, i agree with you about using it like a newspaper. Totally get that and see the value in that.

    For now, Being connected to only family and a few of my first grade classmates makes it so much more manageable.

    My first strategy a year ago was to turn off all notifications on my phone except email and texts. That helped. Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

    Catch up with you later.

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