Thursday, July 30, 2009
This evening I had drinks with a couple of college classmates whom I did not know while we were undergraduates. One of them is fairly plugged in to Princeton's alumni development organization, and he dropped a factoid that reveals a great deal about Facebook's enormous power among the young: Of 1253 rising freshmen at Princeton, 1240 are already on Facebook.
It is a force to be reckoned with.
Okay. My freshman year is nearly forty years astern, but I am far from a Luddite. Nonetheless, I closed my FB account after several months a while ago. After a receiving a flurry of FB friend invitations, I quickly realized that there was a reason I had fallen out of touch with these people: we don't have much in common. Perhaps I violated some unwritten FB law wherein one doesn't actually attempt to rekindle a relationship by proffering real information about your life communicated in a form longer than a Twitter burst. Whatever the reason, I quickly determined that social networking software is just another modern life short form substitute for real relationships. Like most adults in this crazy world, I already have enough trouble keeping up with the family and friends I already have.
So, I quit FB. One down 200 million to go.