Recently, I came across something on Facebook that left me shaking my head and wondering about the state of our relationships. As I scrolled through my news feed, I noticed people congratulating a friend on their birthday, praying for their good health, and wishing them many more fruitful years on earth. But there was one problem – this friend had died a painful death two years prior.
As I read through the comments, I realized that most of the people who were congratulating her just because they received a birthday notification didn’t care and had not bothered to read through her comments. This made me realize that many of the people we add or who add us on Facebook don’t truly care about us. We are just statistics on their Facebook page that make us think we have many friends.
We sit around relishing the comments and likes we receive from our articles and photos posted on Facebook, but we can’t even be bothered to call our family and friends on their birthdays or Christmas. We are content with putting a line on Facebook for these faceless friends. However, the majority of Facebook friends are just keypad friends, and only a few mean a lot to us.
I don’t have anything personally against Facebook. It has brought people together who may never have found or come across each other again. However, I do have a problem with those who think people on Facebook love and care about them because of comments or likes they receive on their page.
Some people put their whole life on Facebook for the world to see, forgetting that the information stays permanently. This may come back to bite them hard in the future when they are up for an appointment, elected place, or a prestigious award.
Let’s go back to the good old days of human communication. Give someone a call today, send them an actual paper card, or even a physical cake. Personally, I cannot stand pictures of cakes on my birthday, because I love cake so much, they make my mouth water, but they are totally inedible. I always wonder what I am supposed to do with it.
I hope this message touches your heart and encourages you to think about your real friends who care about you. Get back in touch with them and stop trying to impress your keypad friends who are not bothered about you either way.