Sunday, December 27, 2009
I have not been lonely this holiday season, although I might have been. My college classmate Walter Kirn (the author of Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever and Up In The Air, the basis of the new George Clooney movie) was lonely last year at this time, and found friendship and love through Facebook. Silly as it sounds coming from a man in his "mid-forties" (Kirn's description, not mine, and a stretch at 48), Facebook really is a very powerful tool for reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Beyond that, though, Facebook, like blogging software, is an instrument for which some people have more talent than others. You know it and I know it: There are witty and entertaining status updaters, and many more who test the limits of tedium with every twitch. The curious and stimulating thing, though, is that neither the interesting nor the boring Facebookers are always the people you would most expect them to be.
MORE: Then again, you might find too much love.