The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Status Updates: Life Between the Scenes

I've heard some people complain about Facebook's status updates. Some think they border on narcissism. Other's complain that we don't need to know about the minutiae of people's live. Who cares, they ask, that friend #143 is out for a buying dog food for Duke with a buy 1 get 1 free coupon, posted at 5:17 pm?

Maybe these accusations are true. Maybe we are narcisstic and our lives are full of mundane details. But does Facebook make us narcissistic or our lives mundane? Maybe we were already narcissistic to start with. I have a hunch that this is the case.

As for the minutiae in our lives, the truth is that those status updates are oppotunities to share a glimpse of the human experience. Is life mundane, or are we simply fed movies that film only the important scenes and edit out the minutiae, the in-betweens of real life? Status updates are an opportunity to report what happened until "6 months later" when they finally got back together and what it really looks like when they "lived happily ever after." Life goes on between the climax and the denoument, excruciatingly long as that period sometimes is.

I need to know that, to see that. Status updates give me a better picture (albeit, still skewed, still mediated) of life as it's really lived, in the meantime when we are becoming who we are.