What are memes? Well, memes, broadly defined, constitute roughly 75 percent of everything you see on Facebook. It’s usually a picture containing a smart-alecky slogan like, “Dads Against Dating Daughters — Shoot First and ...” something, something, something. Not interested. Don’t care.
The latest Facebook fad seems to be something called bit strips, which turns scenes from your life into cartoon panels, complete with captions. Give me a break. Adults are doing this? Please.
All of this is to say that, increasingly, I find very little actual reason to be on Facebook, save for one or two meaningful interactions with people whose comments I actually respect. The biggest reason I’m sticking with Facebook (for now) is that I can still maintain reasonable contact with my daughter (although texting is still the easiest way of getting hold of her).
That brings up another point. Kids seem to be abandoning Facebook in droves. Six years ago, my daughter (now 21) was all about Facebook, but today, she hardly ever posts anything. I think the reason teenagers and young adults are bailing on the service is that moms and dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents are Facebook users, too. It just isn’t cool anymore. It’s the place for baby pictures and deer kills and political “humor.” Nothing drives away teens faster than jokes about the government shutdown.
What’ll I do instead of Facebook? Quite possibly, I will start my own blog. I would like to get a little more creative on the Internet, but Facebook isn’t the place for creativity. It is the documentary of our lives. The problem is that it isn’t a very good documentary.