I am older than most of you, so you may not want to listen to me, but I feel compelled to speak out against social media.

Identity theft is rampant. We all talk about protecting our privacy, but we are easily flattered when some one asks us to be a “friend” – especially when it’s someone from the past. Consider also that your “old friend” may have changed over the years and would not qualify as your friend today.

How meaningful is it to be part of someone’s bragging rights: “I have 247 friends”?  Many of you have an unlisted phone number because you don’t want a lot of people to find you.

Recently a well placed “friend” listed someone who many of us know to be in jail. We thought about alerting him, but then discovered the listed person just happened to have the same name. Of course most people don’t bother to check.

In my day when people used to carve their names into trees and park benches, there was a saying – “Fools names and fools faces are always found in public places”. In today’s graffiti world, the saying may be: “True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare, false friends are like pebbles, found everywhere”.                                                                                                                                              Joy Cousminer.

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