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Facebook is Worthless for the Future

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Let me explain…

Throughout my life, I have kept a regular journal on and off throughout the years. I have a stack of journals from elementary, high school and college in our basement. Currently, I have been keeping a one sentence journal up to date. I am looking at options (Office Drop for the outsource and my ScanSnap for cheaper in dollars and more expensive in time) to digitally capture these journals to store for the future on Evernote (Is that even going to be effective?)

I enjoy looking back at my perspective and important events from years ago. In the future, I hope to be able to do the same for my life today. I do not believe that Facebook will be a useful tool to reflect on my life in the future. The birthday wishes, comments and status updates fade into the internet, unlike a birthday card that is received in the mail. Even scanning a birthday card captures the color, handwriting and sentiments that were expressed at a particular time in the past.

This post was instigated by this post Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity by Paul Carr.

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

5 replies on “Facebook is Worthless for the Future”

Fascinating, I’ve wondered if Hallmark for example should start advertising with a slogan such as “When you care enough to Actually Send a Card and not just post a lazy note on Facebook” 🙂

Maybe you should invent an app for the kindle where you can upload all your journals! I would try to keep them though. So much of it is seeing how you wrote and the feel and look of the book, not just the contents. Keep that office cluttered!

I have a plastic container in which I keep postcards, birthday cards, christmas cards, wedding programs and invites(yours is in there!), and other various snail mail I have received from friends that is worth keeping. It’s heartwarming to re-read through these mediums. They are a reminder of friendships that mean something more than just a “like” or post on a wall on facebook.

I agree. I have a box for written “Agape” I received during my “Emmaus Walk” several years ago. I still take those out and re-read on a regular basis. Just the act of sitting down with the box makes me carve out the priority and the essense of what took place that it wouldn’t have if I had them scanned to computer where I could “look at them anytime I wanted to”.

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