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By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Friday, September 23, 2011

Facebook: Should I stay or should I go?

 Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

I have spent much of my life resisting change. It took me forever to go from vinyl and 8-track tapes to cassette tapes. It took me even longer to convert 500-plus cassettes to CDs. You should have seen the look on my kids' faces when they asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year. I requested a boom box with a CD player for my office. The kids gave me that "Mom, you are a space alien look," and burst into endless fits of laughter. You guessed it; they gave me an iPod for Christmas, which I am loving.

Up until 10 years ago, I refused to use email at work. I viewed it as an additional task to tackle daily, much like the messages that filled up my phone each day. Now I love email, processing hundreds each day.

I had the same issues with cell phones. I thought only important folks such as doctors should have these. Eventually, I was forced to have a cell phone with me constantly. I honestly do not understand how I survived so many years without a cell phone.

Then Facebook came along. I did not want to maintain a FB page, either. About two years ago, family members pressured me into creating a FB account. I was hesitant at first, but soon found myself connecting with folks I had no contact with for decades. It was fun.

Unfortunately, most good things eventually come to an end, and FB is no exception. I am now wrestling with deleting my FB account. I've had some unpleasant experiences, mainly with "friends" overanalyzing my posts.

I try so hard to maintain a positive attitude and for the most part, it is working. However, it does not always work within my FB community. Thank goodness for the "hide" option. I guess I will continue hiding until I decide if I will stay or go ... or run from FB altogether. Wish me luck.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Article comment by: Fred Williamson

Glad to see you're embracing change so well Lynda. If it helps with your therapy, maybe you should start washing your clothes in a big bucket.

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011
Article comment by: Max Mercier

Of course we wish you luck, Lynda. According to me FB is just a good way to stay in touch with some people I know in the real world. Only two or three men and women of my FB community are "friends" that I've never met (Lynda Duffy for example but I trust in her !...). My posts are always harmless and talk about music, concerts and my books... No private life. Never. No pics of the family. I'm sure everything is ok when we understand that posting on FB is exactly like opening a personal suitcase in the street. Then it's not too difficult to maintain a positive attitude. Don't you think so ?

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