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Generational Speaker on The Challenges with Facebook

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

motivational speakerFacebook: Life Interrupted and Forever Changed
 
I told my 28 year old sister about a party I am throwing for our brother and she said, Can you update me about it on facebook?
 
What? Why? You’re sitting right across from me. I’m telling you right now.
What is this obsession? Love it or not, social networking is here to stay.
 
I’ll Facebook You
 
The first time somebody said this to me I thought she was cursing. Eventually everybody started threatening this. Now I find it hard to remember the good old days, when it was so refreshing to actually have a real conversation over the phone. Even email now seems like outdated technology.
 
Is this like some new cult or something? I think the most annoying thing about Facebook is that everybody is using it; you feel pressured to join the crowd.
 
With numbers estimated as high as 70 million, Generation Y (also known as the Millennial) is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce and social networks are the number one way they prefer to communicate.
 
The problem is Facebook is a loose social network; a "friend" on Facebook might be someone you'd barely recognize in real life. It is also largely uncensored and it’s not like face to face conversation people can hide behind their computer screen (or iPod) and have the confidence to say anything they like.
 
There are no real rules to facebook. Anyone can say anything and the world can hear it. Yikes! Is this really what they intended when they built this software? (Yes)
 
This technology is so powerful it has changed the way we communicate and build and maintain relationships. I have heard and experienced some great stories of how people have found each other and reconnected by facebook. I want to focus this article on some of the irritating things about it. I am motivational person after all (teeheehee).

Facebook Foibles
 
The other day a friend cancelled lunch with me because she was sick. Later I noticed on Facebook that she was skiing with some friends. Ouch!
 
I hear about people calling in sick for work and than making moment by moment updates on Facebook about what their doing, effectively leaving a public record of their betrayal.
 
My aunt found out first that I had a baby boy on Facebook thanks to the disgusting birthing photos my fiancé thought would be nice for others to enjoy. They were posted on facebook and I hadn’t even passed the placenta.
 
My brother -in -laws girlfriend changed her status on Facebook to single. Unfortunately she forgot to tell him. Imagine his surprise when he found out from several of his friends and family he was now single!
  
People who have my email address Facebook me, now I have to log into Facebook to reply.
 
I get requests for friends and I have no idea who they are
 
When my best friend was dumped she obsessively checked her ex’s Facebook page to see what he is doing- or who he is doing
 
I don’t miss my friend Hillary; I miss who I thought she was on Facebook
 
I have one friend who constantly updates her status with teasers like, “the suffering continues…” At first I was concerned so I called her and she said the “suffering” was she missed her favorite episode of desperate housewives.
 
I was mortified once to log into Facebook and see drunken less than appealing photos of my fiancé where uploaded on someone’s wall.
 
Why do people put profile photos from 25 years ago?
 
These are just some of the irritating never the less funny parts of Facebook.
Join my blog to discuss it more.
We will add to the discussion, how to engage Facebook in your business.
 Generational Motivational Speaker, Jody Urquhart

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