[NTLK] OT - Off Topic - Facebook (was: New twist on Poutine)
ronnie_simon at me.com
Sun Mar 10 10:03:05 EDT 2013
I am in complete agreement with you particularly as we now
have free calls or free text msgs with VIBER, WHATSAPP and SKYPE for
On 9 Mar 2013, at 22:44, Frank Gruendel <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:
>> I AM on Facebook
> I'm not. For a variety of reasons. Explaining them all would take...
> long. So allow me to explain at least the most recent one.
> Ah, by the way: This post is not in the least Newton-related. This
> is why it
> says "Off Topic" in the subject line. So you might want to skip it.
> You're still with me? OK...
> This year, we won't be spending our summer vacations with the
> friends we've
> been spending our summer vacations with for years.
> You are wondering where on earth Facebook enters the picture? Well,
> if four
> people, along with three children, want to spend their vacations
> this requires a lot of synchronization. Especially if they don't
> live next door, which can result in the children's school holidays
> in different time periods. Each parent having a different employer
> make things easier. So far, though, we've always managed. Even
> though our
> friends' youngest son is a boy scout who usually spends two weeks
> with his
> fellow boy scouts during his school holidays.
> As usual we managed to synchronize things nicely. Unfortunately, the
> scouts' trip had to be postponed, which happened way before we
> started the
> synchronization process. Our friends weren't aware of this change
> during the
> synchronization process because the boy scouts' leader only posted
> this info
> on Facebook.
> Normally, this wouldn't have been a problem since our friends' son
> Facebook regularely. But he had rocked the boat the month before by
> almost 150 bucks on internet access from his smartphone. Our
> friends, who
> are a) not very rich and b) the provider's contractual partner, were
> annoyed, so they seized his smartphone and his computer for a month.
> pitiable boy had to spend his life literally Internet-less for a
> full month
> in order to give him time to contemplate if money really DOES grow
> on trees.
> This is why we were all blissfully unaware of this change for almost
> When our friends finally learned of it, they managed to talk their
> into postponing their vacations. Unfortunately, my wife was not as
> lucky. A
> hospital staff schedule has to be organized months in advance, and
> your vacation simply isn't an option once it has been set.
> I might be a dinosaur, but if I've learned one thing in my life,
> it's that
> if you want people to know or to do something, you absolutely MUST
> TELL them
> face to face (or what used to pass for "face to face" not so very
> long ago,
> like e. g. a phone call) what you want them to know or to do. And,
> just to
> make sure, you should better ask them afterwards if what they
> understood is
> what you meant.
> I admit that it's not Facebook's fault that this annoying issue
> I'm just extremely pi**ed if people I don't even know take it for
> that I'm doing things the way they think they should be done, but do
> even bother to make sure I'm actually DOING them that way, let alone
> tell me
> at least one single time what they expect me to do in the first place.
> I have relatives who fire up Facebook or Whatsapp on their
> smartphones if
> they want to know where their 16 year old daughter is. Hello? Ever
> heard of
> "where are you going", "when will you be back", and "I expect you to
> be home
> by midnight at the latest"?
> What the f*ck happened to good old phone calls and letters?
> Modern times do have their benefits. Without the Internet, letting
> off steam
> the way I just did would have been much more difficult. But I very
> wish some things, front and foremost TV sets and Facebook, had never
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