Debi Drecksler

About the Author

Debi Drecksler's passion is writing for and about the "guy on the street."

Previously a columnist for The Asheville Citizen Times, Rapid River Magazine, and Savvy Discounts, Debi also created and hosted a radio talk show called "You've Been Caught... Being Nice!"

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Do You Remember Life Before Facebook?

Do you remember LBF a.k.a Life Before Facebook?



The biggest difference was the definition of the word friend.

A dictionary says a friend is…A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.

An online dictionary gives the definition for a Facebook friend as individuals who have mutually agreed to be friends, allowing you to view information on their profile.

What?? Where’s the I like so many things about you I decided to be your friend?

Of course I’m being funny but there’s a reason behind my humorous approach to this subject. The other day someone (who I will keep anonymous) called me on the TELEPHONE (remember those?) and said, “I can’t believe only one person ‘liked’ what I just posted and that person was YOU!” Where are all my friends???”


Sad face

Debi’s reply (after she muffles her laughter) “This is what you called to talk to me about? So what’s new?”

Anonymous person’s reply, “This is serious. I put a lot of thought into that post and no-one liked it!”


A half hour later, after my caller’s complete analysis of the best and worst times to post something on Facebook, we finally talked about other things.

My point is….This is just an example of how people get SO caught up in social networking. I think there are many people besides my caller who have agonized over the response to something they posted on Facebook or somewhere else online. They feel rejected and unloved if they don’t get positive response or G-d forbid NO response at all!

Yes…even I’ve been guilty of this!

That’s why I’m writing this. To reassure my readers that it’s ok if your online friends do not love you as much as your real life friends! In many cases, they don’t know you as well!

Here’s a suggestion…Make time in your life to get off your computer (or mobile device) and go make a new friend. Someone who won’t delete you because you wrote something that rubbed them wrong in an online post or didn’t click “like” on your post or maybe never even saw your post.

A REAL LIFE friend who as the dictionary says shares a bond of mutual affection with you and who might actually be around after Facebook runs its course.


Disclaimer: Debi Drecksler has many Facebook friends who she considers REAL friends. She hopes to win the lottery so that she can one day invite them all to join her on an exotic island to have lots of great conversation in person. No computers or mobile devices will be allowed.

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8 comments to Do You Remember Life Before Facebook?

  • That is funny, but sad. We really have allowed Facebook to deprive “friend” of its true meaning.

  • I am appreciative of some of the interesting people I have met on Facebook and I hope to have “real” friendships with them! p.s. You are one of them!

  • Madelyn

    In my case, I was an early adopter of social networking. I had an online journal, which I started in 2002, before Facebook or even Myspace ever began. From my experience, I think all users of social networks go through this– but it’s a phase. It takes time to get used to the way people behave online, enough to just be fine with all of it. For example: a couple of people who were once close grade-school friends, “de-friended” me on Facebook without a word. For many Facebook users, this might have stung badly. But since I’m pretty used to the way things go online, I noticed it but figured they had their reasons.

    It used to be a lot more important to me and some online friends, whether people commented on our posts. But after long enough, we realize there are all kinds of reasons for responses or lack thereof. Often, people read but just have nothing to say, or forget to press “Like.” We never know. It’s usually not personal.

    And even when it *IS* personal… it’s still unimportant, in the scheme of things.

  • Thanks for your comment, Madelyn. I’ve been blessed to have had you and your family as friends long before Facebook ever existed!

  • * You write the most interesting blogs! I love how thought provoking this piece is. And I certainly hope that REAL LIFE interpersonal friendships become sacred and prominent again, even as technology continues to advance. It’s all about balance. As always, thanks for your humorous and insightful take on a commonly experienced issue regarding the dysfunctional side effects of social networks. LOVE YOU! *

  • Dearest Heidi, Thank-you for your lovely comment. p.s. I LOVE you, too!

  • Charmaine Coimbra

    I’m honored to have Debi Drecksler as both kind of friends–even though we have yet to have tea together. But when that boat comes in, watch out!

  • Charmaine….We will have SO much fun when we finally get to meet in person!

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