Facebook provides a window to the death of people we hardly, if ever, knew. While it may not promise eternal life, Facebook may just guarantee that some distorted image of you will stick around at least until the planet melts.
Now, at 26, looking at where my life is now and where I want to go, I started to think: Am I appreciating the people and the things that matter or am I letting the fast-paced life of a New Yorker distract me from what I really want?
Facebook may be rapidly approaching a phenomenon we might call peak hype -- the moment when both usage and investor interest Facebook reach their zenith and rapidly start to decline and spiral downward.
As I sit alone, writing with this actual Papermate pen, which writes words you can feel, words firm and clear, that we are evolving into translucent creatures; Internet sprites, who will Twitter, text and pinterest through cyberspace.
French sociologist Emile Durkheim gave a name to crowd loneliness: "anomie." That state of mind was believed to be often at the root of social unrest. So this condition is not altogether new, but the Internet may have amped it up a few notches.
Social media services suffer from their success in a way other tech companies do not. And nowhere is the Big Gang problem more obvious than on Facebook, the web's largest and most sprawling social network.
It becomes such a dreary task to fix someone's grammar, but if I know that student, if I know he was just dumped by his girlfriend yesterday and tonight he's getting a new tattoo, it's easier to write "comma splice" 30 times on a paper and not get mad.