Tuesday, January 24, 2006

MySpace

A post by Alex

I do not actively have a Myspace account, I have tried to and honestly just got bored of it. As many of you probably know it is a whole website dedicated to just this, writing about anything. Maybe it's just me, but this simply does not seem interesting. Now, as I said I don't have an account but I tried. I set it up, registered, put on a picture and even sent a couple of my friends messages, yet upon hearing how much time some people spend on their site, and how much effort they put forth to writing a "blog" about a completely made-up story about nothing, I realized I just couldn't commit to what it would take to make this enjoyable.

Apparently it's one of the most visited websites of the year, with millions of people of all ages, not just youth, getting free accounts, putting all kinds of pictures on there (we'll get back to this), and talking to complete strangers (also, get back to this...). Why though? I mean MSN I understand, it's a quick, easy way to talk to your friends instantly, but the idea of making a little space on the web to call your own, where you can write about whatever you want, and the part that gets me is that people read these "articles" about nothing in particular...much like you're doing now. Why should anyone else care what I think about Myspace, or Xbox, or Narnia? Back to the pictures...when I was briefly on there looking for my friends I got to clicking on my friends' friends, then their friends, and so on, until I was lost in Myspace and was no longer looking at pictures of my close Christian friends. Honestly, there's some pretty racy pictures on there for people's sites, and I realize it's easier for a kid to access on the internet than ever, so this really doesn't compare, but it just urks me that people are putting themselves out there for all of "MySpace" to see. Which brings me back to the complete strangers thing...maybe I'm just overly mother-like on this topic, but it scares me who kids are talking to on here, and why.

When it comes down to it, MySpace just seems pointless to me, and another way to get kids away from hanging out with each other, but investing hours and hours into something that will fade away by the end of this year. Thanks for reading my thoughts.

-Alex Street

4 Comments:

Blogger blair said...

Everytime I go to sign up so I can experience the banality that you describe, I get funny html text across my screen. Not a very easy or welcoming atmosphere for a site call MyPlace if I can't even get in.

9:02 PM, January 24, 2006  
Blogger blair said...

Alex, you may want to find the study that CBC reported on today that in fact, spending time on the internet does not damage social interactions but increases them. You can find the link at http://www.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2006/01/25/internet-social060125.html

9:19 PM, January 25, 2006  
Anonymous Adam said...

Social interactions might not be lower but the good old days of going over to your friends house and knocking on the door are long gone,

I remember as a kid that if you were bored and wanted to visit a friend you went over and knocked on thier door, that was friendship, as I grew up this happened less and less, there are still a few people that still perpetuate this tradition, especially in a dorm, but we are all so busy and so good at communicating via technology that we have lost a lot of quality time.
It seriously effects how people interact, as well as what teens do when they do get together, watch a movie, play a video game or maybe TV, I know this is a rant but it seems youth today need some help having fun outside the box, or boxes if you know what i mean.

Ultimate Frisbee at Night in an empty parking lot anyone.

1:15 AM, February 03, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

As far as the wasting time goes, it's funny to me how much time you seem to have for Fantasy Sports online.

11:17 PM, February 14, 2006  

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