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West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

Facebook and Faux Friendships

The Online World

The other day, I received an e-mail from an old friend and I realized that Facebook is muddling up my concept of friendship. She said she hadn’t heard from me in a while and wondered what was going on. I was confused. Hadn’t she seen the photos from our recent 25th anniversary vacation? Didn’t she know that we missed our son but he was doing well on the West Coast or that our daughter was enjoying being in the performing arts in her school? Of course not – my friend isn’t on Facebook. That’s when it hit me - lately I’ve been spending more time with my Facebook friends than my real friends. Sigh.

As you may know, I am a proponent of “social networking.” I think that despite their flaws, Facebook and Twitter are not the devils in disguise. Sure, they’re not perfect, but they have their good points.

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