About 5 or 6 years ago, Facebook was the brainchild of a Harvard student who thought it'd be a good idea to create a social networking site for college students. And it was! But little did he know that a mere half-decade later his creation would become the be-all, end-all when it comes to relationships among teenagers and young adults... and now even adult adults.
Wanna insult someone who's done you great injustice? Just delete them as your friend on Facebook - there exists no greater slap-in-the-face. Need to solidify the status of you and your new love interest? Just add "...are in a relationship" after their name on your Facebook profile and voila! Now your peers immediately recognize you two lovebirds as a legitimate couple. Has a certain someone been buggin' ya lately and now you need to passive-aggressively make it clear to them that the two of you are in a tiff? Just ignore their Facebook message/wall-post/"hey" on Facebook chat and Mission: Accomplished! I am constantly astounded by how seriously we, the Facebook Generation, take things we see on our News Feed. It's sort of as if God Himself was continuously streaming the goings-on of our friends.
Tomorrow is April Fools' Day. To celebrate the occasion I have decided to test the prowess of the Almighty FB as a social superpower; Lisa Marie (an ex-girlfriend) and I are going to be "engaged" on Facebook for the day. Now the notion of the two of us tying the knott is utterly ridiculous: we've been broken up for nearly a year, have not at any point gotten back together, and we both have about as much stability in our lives as Nickelback has musical ingenuity. Lisa even has a new sort-of boyfriend, so who in their right mind would believe that the two of us have decided to take the matrimonial plunge, right? Well, I'll bet you that quite a few actually do. Why? Well, because it's on Facebook, of course. So it must be true! Let's see what happens...
...And I must give a big shout-out to my one-and-only blog "follower" at the moment, Emily Catherine! You go, girl!