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My Facebook Addiction

Jeff Linamen

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My boy Collins

Today's Pic: Collins Attacking The Chia Cat Grass

Addicted to Facebook? Why, thank you, yes I am. Facebook is always up on my computer. I’m not staring at it 24/7 but it’s always open. I love the ability to reconnect with old friends, stay in touch with current ones and make new friends as well.

I’m the type of person that can’t just sit and watch television. I always have to be doing something else to keep my mind occupied. I used to work on a variety of crafts while the TV was on… then I was selling books on Ebay… and now, Facebook.

I can proudly say that I’ve recovered from my Farmville addiction. I no long try to schedule my free time around planting and harvesting crops and fertilizing friends’ farms. Now I’ve moved on to about a dozen games I play on a regular basis.

The most important thing that Facebook contributes to my life is the ability to connect with others. I’ll frequently troll friends’ pages, hijack a conversation, or attempt to be witty and lighten someone else’s day. I can actually keep up with what my family is doing and encourage them along the way. Sharing and viewing pictures is fun and I absolutely love the new timeline format. It actually forced me to figure out how to use my scanner so I can go back and scan old photographs to add to my timeline, tagging friends along the way.

In addition to the ability to share life’s joys and sorrows across the miles, the most fascinating aspect I’ve discovered is who I chat with most. I’ve found Facebook has allowed me to build great friendships and carry on some pretty amazing conversations with people I never would have connected with, in the same way, through other forms of communications. I look forward to chatting and teasing a couple of my high school friends daily. Friends that weren’t in the same cliques back in school. It’s really made me realize how important people are in our lives–how they can enrich our lives– and how much we can miss out by not connecting.

I actually had over 180 people wish me “Happy Birthday” yesterday… including an award winning actor and a Broadway Diva! Before Facebook, I might have received a couple calls and a few cards… see a few friends for dinner… but Facebook allows us to be there, no matter where we are in the world. For that, I am extremely grateful. Right now I have 748 friends on Facebook. Yes, some are gaming friends, some are celebrities I like to follow but most are actually people that have played an important role at some point in my life. We may no longer be in the same place or have the same interests that originally connected us… but Facebook allows us to stay connected, even if only marginally, for many years to come.

Chia Cat

Today’s picture is of Collin’s munching on the infamous Chia brand’s Cat Grass. I broke a piece off and gave it to him the other day and he played with and ate it. Yesterday, he found the planter on the counter and proceeded to entertain himself, rubbing his face in it and munching. As soon as I got up this morning, he followed me downstairs and was up on the counter munching away before I could even turn on the light. Go figure. I wonder what he would do to the Chia Obama?


  1. How accurate and entertaining!!! Loved it. 2 thumbs up!


  2. Herb Linamen says:

    WOW… Jeff, I never realized you are so articulate and insightful with the written word. I think you should consider writing a novel after getting you feet wet with your blogging effort. Loved this edition!


  3. Jessica Goff says:

    I feel the same way about Facebook and the benefit it provides regarding social connections. Loved the blog and totally agree with Herb!


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