As my subscribers/readers know, I am not a person immune to guilt. (HA!)
Facebook brings a lot of publicity to birthdays. Facebook aside – I have been yakking about my birthday for weeks. Partly from pride and joy at attaining the 5-0 milestone as an at least semi-functional adult – partly from negative emotions that I’m trying to process (that’s what the Internet is for, right?, processing with an audience...I love that about the Internet).
I have allowed, even encouraged, the Internet to make my life public, and this is a not unexpected aspect. Ahem.
Now, if on the 19th I get 200+ (just an estimate) birthday greetings, courtesy of FB reminders, should I:
1. smile inwardly and take no outward action
2. obsessively click “like” to each birthday comment on a prompt basis
3. spend hours writing a “they like me, they really like me” thank-you message that can only be addressed to a limited number of addressees and becomes a logistical hassle like last year (FOR EXAMPLE).
Guilt – hmmmm – when Facebook reminds people of a birthday, do they feel guilty if they don’t say HBD? That would be guilt #1. Then my reading and response-lack of response-2nd guessed response would be guilt 2/3, depending on timing and degree.
Geez – is this worth it?
Yes, I think so.
As in a zillion other ways, the Internet brings mixed-blessing enhancements. It’s an automatic birthday reminder, and provides an automated means for response. That doesn’t eliminate sincerity – hardly brings it into question – but it’s an alteration of previous experience (which wasn't all so great, IMHO = Internet lingo for, In My Humble-haha Opinion).
But as with almost everything else Internet-wise…do we want to go backwards?
At least, not till after my birthday.
P.S. A humble, apologetic, shy?, anti-tonight post may be coming soon.
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