Perhaps not directly related to teaching and learning, but certainly about social media use. A letter to my Facebook friends…
I’ve been wrestling with Facebook for awhile. With its privacy policies/settings, with ads suggesting we should lose weight or find a hot mate, with suggestions to connect with people we’d rather not.
I love hearing what’s going on in your lives, but for me the net effect of Facebook is that this news more often turns into a tool for comparison in ways that aren’t healthy or productive. I want to rejoice with you in happy news and share with you in sorrow, but with Facebook, I find that all too often you become scrolling thumbnail images and demographic details to which I find myself wishing I measured up. A point brought home to me by this video…
I know that we all have lives more complicated and messy than our status updates and photos, but it’s hard to remember that at times.
I’ve resisted stepping away from Facebook because it feels like stepping away from community, stepping out of the loop. To be blunt, I worry that stepping away from Facebook means being forgotten. So I hope that you’ll continue to keep in touch- via letter, email, or phone. Let me know what’s going on in your life or if you’re out and about somewhere fun in the Triangle.
This is an experiment. I may come crawling or skipping back. But for now, thanks for reading.
EDIT: Thanks to Steve J. Moore who reminded me of this video