Has anyone else seen the beer commercial (I think it’s for Budweiser) with the guy who’s sitting at the bar being a wet blanket, mentioning all of these things that seemingly make life worse, like the economy, gas prices, global warming, and Mondays? Then, all of the other happy people at the bar start chiming in with things that make life worth living, like Fridays, chocolate chip cookie dough, and…Facebook. It is at this point in the commercial when I make my trademark sourpuss face. Facebook? Really? Facebook is what makes you feel good about life? I found this concept deeply disturbing and felt myself becoming offended on behalf of the universe and life itself.
Not to get too far off course here, but I recently listened to this story on Radiolab about how, basically, all life exists because of one imperfection that occurred when the universe was created. In the universe, there is matter and anti-matter. Because of their electrical charges, these particles attract each other and eventually collide and obliterate one another. The only reason anything exists is because, for every billion parts of anti-matter, there are a billion and ONE parts of matter. If that imbalance had never occurred, there would be nothing.
So, when you look at this magical thing called existence, and you imply that Facebook is one of the better things about it…it just makes me mad. I know what you’re probably thinking: “Relax, idiot, it’s just a commercial.” But don’t you think it says something about our culture, that maybe our priorities aren’t quite where they should be? Yes, of course I’m on Facebook like everyone else and use it quite frequently, but I don’t think that makes me a hypocrite. I think Facebook serves three main functions. One: personal networking/staying in touch. Two: professional networking/publicity. Three: time-waster. Beyond that, it is simply a web site that allows you to project a tailored, public image of yourself. Out of all the things that make me happy in life, I wouldn’t put it very high on the list. Would you?