The missing piece of the puzzle seems to be etiquette.
Everyone and their uncle charlie are online perusing, cruising and ambling along the virtual Facebook town square. A nod here, a hallo there and a dismissive shrug there. Just like in real life or is it?
Imagine, that we were to transpose our virtual behaviour onto our real life. Let's go around a whole day, imparting the all of our important stuff face to face...
- " It's my birthday today, don't forget to congratulate me."
- " I've just booked this most expensive holiday, are you envious?"
- " Here is my blog, read it."
- " Let me show you my photos! "
- " Did you know that in Timbucktoo someone fell out of a tree and survived?
- " Today I've shopped at the mall in 10 different shops, I've had coffee in three restaurants and I've been at the airport. "
- " I so so so very much love my wife / husband / children / parents. "
- " I survived a lot of years being married, make sure to congratulate me."
- " Come, let me tell you a really disgustingly crude joke. "
We seem to be overloaded with trivial information, information that in the past was kept behind the doors of a marriage, household or family. Don't get me wrong, it is fun to follow the dotted line that people leave behind with their comments and entries. Almost like being a that proverbial fly on the wall in a family's living room.
Often, a line from Shakespeare runs through my mind as I am reading someone's posting:
...Methinks thou dost protest too much...