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Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
July 24, 2018
I’ve never felt happier, more important, or more fulfilled. Thank you, Facebook.
1. I’m in the know
Sure, it took some careful tweaking of my friends list — and a few un-follows — but my news feed now properly reflects just how unique I am. As I scroll, it’s heart-react city! Everyone is talking about the same exact stuff that matters to me! Everyone agrees with me! Therefore, I must be smart, hip, and in the know. #woke
2. Friendship is so much easier now!
The old version of friendship was so damn messy. It regularly involved emotional risk and well, work. Way too much was expected of me. Thanks to Facebook, I get to experience temporary friendship on demand™. Sure, things are more shallow and superficial but look at how much control I now have:
Hey, when I get bored of a song or a particular food or a clothing style, I discard it for the most minor reasons you can imagine. Why shouldn’t it be the same for “friends”? Life is short! #yolo
3. I’ve gotten so much better at conflict resolution
If someone even mildly disagrees with me, I label it an “attack” and launch my counters:
If not for FB, none of these crucial skills would be at my disposal. I am a more versatile and complex human. #LivingMyBestLife
4. It’s made my “activism” way simpler
Prior to FB, I wasted a lot of time making ineffective gestures of social justice warrior-ness. Can you believe I once actually left my house to hold a large piece of cardboard while screaming at strangers? Not anymore. If I desire to virtue signal now, it’s as a simple as a click or a profile pic change or maybe a check-in or share. I can do all this while still in my underwear! After all, if my efforts are nothing but a pathetic, self-serving show, why not streamline things so I can get back to important stuff like stalking former friends and editing a selfie? (lmao)
5. It occupies (and reads) my mind
Hour after hour, I wonder why my posts get so little engagement. I plot my replies to enemies I once believed were friends. I experience a minor musing on the subway and turn it into an epic status. EVERYTHING is a photo op. I ruminate over perceived slights and wisecracks. I plan in advance which memes I’ll post — and in what order. I ponder why some friends are more popular than me. And, all the while, my news feed does what its name implies: It feeds me. It supplies exactly what I need, precisely when I need it. It gets me.
Facebook has empowered me to recognize the full scope of my influence. Thank you, FB. I owe you more than you could ever take from me. Well, almost… (lol).
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