Facebook & MySpace As A Time Suck

I’ve only found social networking media a timesuck in two cases.

One, in the case of Tagged.com, because I inadvertently allowed it to spam my entire lukeisback at gmail correspondents and I got a lot of confused and concerned friends emailing me.

The other case was when I was insecure in my relationship and I kept checking the MySpace or Facebook page of the woman I was dating to see who she was adding as friends and whose pages she was posting to.

Other than that, these services save me time. Particularly Facebook because when I confirm or click “maybe” on events, it then schedules my calendar so I don’t have to. It also reminds me of birthdays not that I give gifts or cards unless I’m dating the woman.

Facebook makes it easier to connect with people — never my strong point! I no longer face that sweaty-palmed anxiety of asking a girl for her phone number. I just get her full name and then friend her on Facebook where I can start up a conversation or even find her phone number.

A lot of my friends are Facebook addicts. They make up fake profiles so they cyberstalk and harass the exes of their partners. Some will spend up to five hours a night on there.

Beth: “Luke, Facebook can be a killer timesucker if you let it. I use the chat feature to talk to friends all day. Either that or we text back and forth. You should try it. I am a master multitasker and if I’m not busy at work, I look like I am.”

I only chat with with hot chicks and people who can get money. Otherwise, it’s not worth it. I’d rather sculpt my blogging.

Beth: “I’d have thought twice about getting married if I’d known that it meant being cut off from interesting conversation.”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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