Surviving a Day without Facebook!!

by Melissa Brunner

It's pretty anti-social when the world's largest social network takes a day off. Okay, so it's not really on purpose. Facebook says a technical glitch caused it to be slow or unavailable for many users Thursday.

To be honest, I hadn't noticed. I'd been out on shoots much of the afternoon. On the way back, I checked Twitter and found a lot of posts from people who usually don't post that often talking about how Facebook was down. You'd think this was some major catastrophe judging by how some people are reacting. There are honest worries about who's going to feed the Hatchlings and Farmville stables. There are concerns for friends' well-being, since we're unaware of where they ate lunch. And I'm not sure how you're going to know what the news headlines are if you don't have our headlines feeding into your stream of status updates!

All of which leads to the favorite Tweet I've seen about the situation. It came from Oregon Public Broadcasting: "OPB BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession."

I am being tongue-in-cheek about much of this, but the question is legitimate: How much have we incorporated Facebook into our lives? And is this a good thing or a bad thing? And does it take a day without it to make us realize how much time we truly do spend there?!


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