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Life Before Facebook

Does anyone else remember life before Facebook? It was such a simple time:

Poking resulted in bruising.

You didn’t have 367 friends you never talk to.

No one knew, or cared what you ate for lunch. They still don’t care. 

If someone wrote on your wall, you’d report them for vandalism. Now you actively encourage friends to do so. 

Unless you wore a ring on your finger or your heart on your sleeve, then your relationship status was often a mystery to others.

You were only tagged in the playground by friends, not when eating chicken wings at Nando’s.

Your mother merely suspected you made a complete twit of yourself on Friday night. Now she has photographic evidence


Nobody forgets your birthday anymore. Facebook won’t let them. 

You have a captive audience* to promote your latest business venture / charitable event / blog post / boyfriend / kitten.  *Until they get bored and unfriend you.

There’s always detagging. Phew.  

The power of networking. Presidents have been elected, Dictators fallen and Simon Cowell undermined, all thanks to Facebook. God bless it.

You learn new things. Like the medicinal power of peas, courtesy of your cousin’s constipated goldfish

Think of your Profile as the coolest autobiographical scrapbook ever. Absolutely no need to faff with glue, scissors, glitter, pretty paper, or not-so pretty paper cuts:


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  • http://mrbunnychow.wordpress.com Mr Bunny Chow

    I still think that Google+ is going to be the way forward though

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Quite possibly – and then something else after that :) Who knows what the future may hold? I remember thinking the Commodore 64 was the future! ;)

  • http://balsillieassociates.wordpress.com Balsillie & Associates

    Yes, very scary how much time people are using Facebook, everyday!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      It’s quite unbelievable! Thanks for popping by :)

  • http://gravatar.com/muddledmom muddledmom

    How did we ever get along without it?? Life was really so much simpler then. : )

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      I struggle to remember! Would do most people an awful lot of good to go cold turkey from it for a few days :)

  • http://makenzieking.wordpress.com makenzieking

    Funny how not that long ago we were all so concerned about protecting our privacy, look at us now! -Cheers!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      So true. Thanks :)

  • http://manoferrors.wordpress.com John-Paul

    The photo of the pita bread is open to interpretation. Looking at the vegetable content I’m thinking it is being thrown away. Others may disagree.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      The photo was taken by me, on honeymoon in Cyprus. The arm is my husband’s (he was trying to steal my pitta, how rude!) Trust me – it was delicious! Despite high salad content ;)

  • http://thistrailersucks.wordpress.com thistrailersucks

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    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thanks! :)

  • http://inkessence.wordpress.com inkessence

    Life was simple way back when… personally, I’m glad we have all this networking power now. It makes life a whole lot easier in most respects… however, I know it can make life a whole lot more complicated, too.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      There’s a lot to be said for it. I concur! :)

  • http://randomandunnewsworthy.wordpress.com d_vaz

    I love this and as a Facebook addict I completely agree! Sometimes I do miss the simpler times.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thanks! Love Facebook too – though I imagine a 2 week vacation from it wouldn’t do us any harm either ;) (What on earth would we do?!)

  • Chris


    Happy birthday!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Chris, Is that a belated response for last year’s birthday, or are you getting in early for this November? And mind your language! Women present! ;)

      • Chris

        Er, yes, either of those…!

        PS sorry women!

  • http://beginningmiracles.wordpress.com beginningmiracles

    Totally agree, FB has made society socially awkward.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so! :) Thanks :)

  • http://ramblinann.wordpress.com ramblinann

    Let’s not forget those really horribly embarrassing pictures that no one used to see. Now everyone gets to see them.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      You’re totally right. I tend to pre-empt any such embarrassing photos, by posting them first. Laugh at myself, before others get a chance :D

      • http://ramblinann.wordpress.com ramblinann

        I try to hide from all cameras and have some payback pictures just in case. LOL

        • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

          An excellent plan. Brilliant :D

  • http://fromthepews.org From The Pews

    Oh Yeah!!

    That’s what it was like!!!!!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      How easily forgotten… Amazing how quickly life changes :)

  • http://fromthepews.org From The Pews

    Oh yeah…and ummm, nice balloon ;) LMAO!!!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      I would love to take credit for the balloon, but my friend fashioned it for me on my Hen Party :)

  • http://childhoodrelived.wordpress.com Angie Z.

    Truly awesome post. I hate Facebook. Now I better go check my news feed.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Me too. Now let’s stop wasting time on here and check out who’s poked us…

  • http://katherinemartinko.wordpress.com feistyredhair

    This is very amusing. Most of the things you listed at the top are precisely why I don’t have Facebook anymore! I like to keep life simple, if possible. Thanks for the laughs.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      You’re welcome! Glad you like it – and I’m impressed with your ability to stay away from Facebook. I wish I knew how… :)

  • http://kodakkerouacs.wordpress.com kodakkerouacs

    I love this and could not agree more. You should totally post it on Facebook.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thanks! I think you may be right… :)

  • http://westendsingleton.wordpress.com WestSideSingleton

    This is absolutely brilliant!

    I’ve actually learned to avoid Facebook unless it’s to send a message to someone in a different city, check on an event or wish someone happy birthday. Using it for any other reason doesn’t seem necessary and I realised that I was becoming annoyed when things that certain people were posting.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Definitely wise to ration it. My favourite new addition to Facebook is the ability to adjust the frequency of updates you receive from said annoying people :) It’s genius!


  • http://tokyoholic.wordpress.com Natalia

    Hahaha! Brilliant! Sorry but I had to re-post it on my Facebook page.. So don’t be scared by sudden traffic. ^-^

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      No need to apologise – I’m totally flattered, thanks! :D Glad you approve :)

  • http://www.paintingskiathos.wordpress.com yvonne ayoub

    SO TRUE! Brilliant – thank you!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thanks Yvonne, you’re too kind :) Glad to be of service ;)

  • http://littlemissobsessivesanatomy.wordpress.com littlemissobsessivesanatomy

    Wow… well said…
    life before FB was different… one thing is for sure everyone has a huge number of friends in their FB that they dont even talk to…

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thank you! I love that people can relate to this :)

  • http://booksaremyrealities.wordpress.com booksaremyrealities

    i do agree. but i could still live without it…

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      But how do you let 367 friends know what you had for lunch? ;)

  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    You mean there actually was life before Facebook?

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Apparently so. I believe it dates back to when the earth was flat and life was lived in black and white…Who knew? ;)

  • http://simulfactotem.wordpress.com simulfactotem

    So true, and now when I see friends there is no need to catch up! I have already read it ALL on Facebook!!!!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Absolutely! :) Nothing to talk about apart from climate change and the state of the economy. Eek!

  • http://ramblingsandrumblings.wordpress.com speaker7

    “No one knew, or cared what you ate for lunch. They still don’t care.” Yes.

    They also don’t care:
    1) if you’re tired
    2) if you know how to successfully type song lyrics
    3) If you know how to successfully type song lyrics while tired.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Whaaaaat? Why did nobody tell me?

      In my defence – those SpongeBob Squarepants lyrics really are quite profound “Oh who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”

      I concur! :)

  • http://stonecarving7th.wordpress.com helen liu

    Yes, I open Facebook everyday, it is like cheking email everyday for me.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      It is isn’t it? Can’t possibly live without. Maslow should review his hierarchy of needs… ;)

      • http://stonecarving7th.wordpress.com helen liu

        It is real!!

  • http://roboticrhetoric.wordpress.com Robotic Rhetoric

    Hilarious post, loving your blog :)

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Why thank you! Welcome to my crazy little world! :)

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