Allison grew up on the east side of Wauwatosa, and now is a musician and piano teacher who lives on the west side of Tosa with her husband Nick. She enjoys listening to live music, attending local arts events, baking and good wine.
You may recall this post from earlier in the year... well, my friends, I'll be logging back on. Not because I want to. Not because I like it. But because it is unavoidable.
1. Facebook runs the world. As you can see from this very blog, in order to leave a comment you must be logged on to Facebook. While as the author of this blog I do not feel the need to comment on my posts, this is certainly not the only forum through which the only way one may comment or interact is through Facebook.
2. Facebook ain't goin' anywhere. And neither is the generation that relies on it. I was looking forward to going back to using the phone and meeting with friends and family, maybe even e-mailing to get updates. This worked in some cases - and yes, it was fun to learn of a friend's pregnancy by actually seeing that big ol' belly in person. But more often than not, I realized that the only way I was communicating with 90% of friends and family prior to my profile deactivation was via Facebook. Invitations to events, family photos, even contact information... There are people for whom I had no accurate phone number or e-mail address anymore; I was completely relying on Facebook for it all.
There are friends I haven't heard from whatsoever since my hiatus - and they have not heard from me either. It's neither person's fault. In fact, had there been no Facebook we probably would've completely lost touch. I am glad we have Facebook to easily maintain relationships with old friends.
By the way, I am not the only one who cannot stay away from Facebook. A number of friends, when they heard I'd deactivated my account (and not actually just un-friended them - to those who thought that, no offense intended!) responded with "I just don't think I could do it." Facebook truly is a necessary form of communication for Gen Y-ers like myself.
3. Like others in music, shameless self-promotion is the name of our game. Enough said.
I shall write this off as a social experiment. Hey, I lasted longer (four months, I believe) than those Lenten-Facebook-giver-uppers!
Enjoy Facebook, my friends. Except of course while you're at work. Oh wait - more than likely you need to log on for work.