Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Does Facebook cause brain damage?
Over dinner with a friend last night, the conversation inevitably turned to Facebook. We both found that we were experiencing the same quizzical phenomenon. When people that we have communicated with over the years quite happily via email/SMS/IM suddenly turn up on Facebook, they seem to frequently adopt this as their communications platform of choice, in many cases forsaking others. What's even more quizzical is that, when I answer a Facebook message (which forwards to my email) from my email account, substituting the sender's real-world email, they often revert to Facebook once again to reply. Not only are people happy to have their communication siloed in a Facebook cloud, they seem downright determined to keep it there.