Carpe Weekend: ’Book ends
By Jason Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org November 7, 2012 3:08PM
Logged out of Facebook forever? There are other ways to get your social networking groove on. | Jason Freeman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 9, 2012 6:11AM
Much like a torrid summer romance, my time on Facebook was both brief and destined to fail.
I’d heard about the popular social networking website for years, but unlike most of my friends and family, I vehemently resisted joining the herd.
I considered myself a cool cultural rebel, bucking the trend simply because doing so made me all the more unique.
Maybe it was the promise of reconnecting with friends who’d moved away, or perhaps the chance to throw my opinion into the mix of online voices was too tempting.
More than likely, though, it probably was just plain old peer pressure that finally led me to succumb to the Facebook giant.
For a while, it was fun. I talked with old friends, shared humorous photos and kept people updated on the most mundane aspects of my life, whether they wanted to know or not.
Eventually, though, it all began to wear on me. Facebook started seeming to me a place where narcissism was free to run rampant; where partisan politics turned good friends into bitter enemies; where companies buried you in a mountain of useless and distracting advertising.
After months of misery, I finally did it: I broke up with Facebook. We’d had some fun, but in the end it just wasn’t meant to be.
Summer was over, and it was time for me to move on.
Filling the void
If you similarly cut ties with Facebook but still want to engage in a bit of social networking, there’s good news: You don’t need a computer to do it.
There are flesh-and-blood folks out there right now. You just have to know where to find them.
■ Oak Lawn Public Library, 9724 S. Raymond Ave., will host “Meet the Authors” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8.
Oak Lawn Writers Group members Evelyn Cullet, Cleo Lampos, Paul McAllister and Frank Victoria will speak about their books, read excerpts, sign copies and answer questions.
Information: (708) 422-4828.
■ Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will host its Fall Geocaching Adventure from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 10.
Participants will search for hidden containers using global positioning system devices.
The cost is $12 for residents per household and $18 for others. Information: (708) 481-2330.
■ The Tinley Park Performing Arts Center, 16801 S. 80th Ave., will host Improv and Open Mike Night at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
Stand-up comedians, singers, magicians, monologists and instrumentalists can show off their talents with family-friendly material.
Performers will be accepted through Friday. Tickets are $7. Information: Melissa Olejarz, (708) 342-4200.