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What are you supposed to do if you aren’t on Facebook?

What are you supposed to do if you aren’t on Facebook?
28 Oct
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“Er, Facebook was it? Tell me now and I’ll put it straight in my diary.”

I have to confess that I’m not on Facebook. That is not the boast of a social media refusenik, someone who manages his life very well with no more technology than a pencil and a wall calendar. I was on Facebook until a couple of years ago but it wasn’t a force for good in my life and I had to log off. I deleted my account and I know that if I put my email address into a Facebook page now it will all be horribly reactivated. I’m staying on the wagon.

I’m not sure how many significant birthday parties I have missed since I quit the social network – probably quite a few. I do know that I have missed an infinite number of funny videos, lots of fake news, plus the announcement of my sister-in-law’s pregnancy and the birth of the child, because my brother-in-law only used Facebook to share that information.

What are you supposed to do if you aren’t on Facebook? You can’t call people – no one answers the phone any more – and there’s no point in writing a letter. Australia Post hasn’t delivered a letter to my house in weeks.

The other day I was clearing the junk mail out of the letterbox and I came across a handwritten card inviting us to drinks at a neighbour’s house on Friday the 12th. The card was buried quite deep in the supermarket flyers and I quickly figured out that there were no more Friday the 12ths in 2018: we had missed the neighbourly drinks by a couple of weeks.

I got straight on the phone to apologise, of course – and got a recording: “You can leave a message, but send a text if you really want to reach me.”

But no one reads texts these days, I thought. I’m going around there right now to knock on the door.

Matt Holden is an Age columnist.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/what-are-you-supposed-to-do-if-you-aren-t-on-facebook-20181026-p50c4a.html

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