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Ackerman: Facebook revisited

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:00 p.m. CST

I’ve done it. I’ve gone back on my word. When I wrote that article last November, my thoughts were the truth, but now I’ve changed my mind. I now have a Facebook page.

I got it a couple weeks before school ended after I realized that I didn’t want to lose touch with my high school friends and acquaintances just because sending “friend” requests isn’t my highest priority.

It may end up being a good, quick way to get in touch with my future roommates, if I ever find out who they are. (Update: I still haven’t yet.)

And the thing is, I’ve discovered that I don’t need to be updating my status all the time to be a part of the cyber community.

For some reason, I had an image in my mind that everyone on Facebook is constantly “friending” others and updating their profile, but some of my real-life friends have surprised me by how little they post or “like” in reality. 

I’ve also turned up all the privacy settings to their highest levels, which is something else I was concerned about. Now only my “friends” –  all of whom I know in real life, for the record – can read what I post or like. 

Facebook does have a few perks. My university has a group just for incoming freshmen, and I’ve learned from the questions others have posted – sometimes they ask questions that I didn’t even know I had! I also think my new online persona is just an extension of the awesome self I am in real life. 

While I now have my own account, I still stand by my word; Facebook is not a necessity in my life.

Sure, it’s fun to see pictures from the last few weeks of school and hear from relatives across the country, but I don’t obsess over who exactly is doing what and when every second of the day.

I also don’t regret not making an account sooner; I feel like I made it when and how was best for me. 

I do not envision Facebook changing my view on other forms of social media, so don’t expect me to become the queen of tweeting and Snapchatting.

I still have plenty of other exciting things to fill my summer days (though I may post a few of them on my timeline). Besides, writing this column is hip enough, right? 

Although I have extended my community to the Internet, I know that I still have the same number of friends as before. Now, my loved ones can just show their support in a whole new way, by liking every brilliant thing I post. 

• Brigid Ackerman is a recent graduate of St. Charles East High School. She enjoys playing the trumpet, eating bread and writing this column, which now runs every Thursday. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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