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The in­ter­net and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has changed many as­pects of our lives for bet­ter and for worse. But what is your view of so­cial me­dia? Have you em­braced it, or do you avoid it pre­fer­ring to stick to tra­di­tional forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion? David Ed­wards of Wangi Wangi in New South Wales, Aus­tralia, came across these reflections which he thought Ever­green read­ers would find amus­ing.

For those of my gen­er­a­tion who do not, and can­not, com­pre­hend why Face­book ex­ists.

I am try­ing to make friends out­side Face­book while ap­ply­ing the same prin­ci­ples. There­fore, ev­ery day I walk down the street and tell passers- by what I have eaten, how I feel at the mo­ment, what I have done the night be­fore, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pic­tures of my fam­ily, my dog, and of me gar­den­ing, tak­ing things apart in the garage, wa­ter­ing the lawn, stand­ing in front of land­marks, driv­ing around town, hav­ing lunch, and do­ing what any­body and every­body does ev­ery day. I also lis­ten to their con­ver­sa­tions, give them the “thumbs up” and tell them I “like” them. And it works just like Face­book!

I al­ready have four peo­ple fol­low­ing me: two po­lice of­fi­cers, a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor and a psy­chi­a­trist.

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