Oh, Facebook. Who knew I had so much to say about you? Maybe it’s because you are involved in a large percentage of the conversations I have (inside and outside of my office). Maybe it’s because I have some deep-seated psychological issues with you stemming from childhood? I’m not sure. Regardless, here goes another post…
Perhaps there are a few folks out there who have re-connected with old lovers, boyfriends, and crushes on Facebook and it has turned out great. But more often, it doesn’t. What do we really hope to accomplish when we “Friend Request” our old prom date? Do we want to re-kindle the flame? Re-hash old times? Peer into their current life? Are any of these worth the risk?
And believe me, the risks are many. Chatting on-line with an old lover can be a slippery slope to other types of, huh-hum, communications. Whether or not we are currently in a relationship, it is important to be aware of the temptations these on-line interludes pose. Posting on each others walls, to IM’ing each other during work, to meeting for coffee, to meeting for other “things” can happen more quickly than you might imagine. The lure of romance and the memory of youth can be difficult things to turn down, particularly if your current relationship has grown predictable and less than steamy.
And what about our emotional health? How will re-living the glory days serve us? For some it can be fun and nostalgic. For others it can be a sad reminder that life didn’t turn out the way we expected. Even if we are content in our current situations, there is nothing like seeing an old boyfriend on Facebook who lives in a mansion, travels the world, and has a supermodel for a wife to make us feel as if we don’t measure up. Do any of us really need that? I sure don’t.
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