Facebook has ruined the meaning of birthdays



As of Monday, I have now celebrated 24 birthdays on this earth, and each one of them has been special in some way or another.

My favorite birthdays were always the ones where I was up north camping in Petoskey or just out with the people I care about the most.

A few years ago, this little website phenomenon called Facebook came along and changed a lot of things about our lives.

One thing I think that Facebook deserves credit for is taking some of the meaning out of birthdays.

For me, it’s not so bad to get a bunch of happy birthday messages from my friends and family over Facebook because I keep my list of friends at a low number.

If I do not know who you are, chances are you are not on my Facebook.

Yet, every year on Aug. 8, my page gets messages from half of everyone I know wishing me happy birthday. I would hate to be a person with 500 friends who gets messages from people they are never going to see again.

Birthdays used to be about the people closest to you celebrating in-person with you, not two words with a smiley face on a website. It was about cards from grandparents and candles on a birthday cake; now it’s an all-day contest to see if you missed any message from someone you met in history class in college in 2005.

Facebook was something fun and new when I was 19; now it has turned into a chore that I have to look at, and it gets worse on my birthday.

Not only do I receive these messages on my birthday, I feel bad if I miss someone else’s birthday.

We used to have an excuse if we missed a friend’s birthday, but now Facebook is there to make sure that we never miss any little piece of information.

Don’t get me wrong here, I enjoy reading these little messages, but I feel so disconnected.

I don’t see these people like I see my family and those who I am really close with.

As we grow older things continue to change, and Facebook has changed a lot of things about how the world works. I guess I am still trying to accept some of these things.

Here is to another year. To those Facebook friends who sent me a message, see you next year.


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Ipods have ruined your favorite song too. It used to be you were lucky when it came on the radio it was special. Now with the ease (and free) of downloading to your ipod you can play it over and over so it is not your favorite anymore.

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