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Birthdays and the Social Media Crutch

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We are lucky to live in a world where we have so much information at the tips of our fingers. We can “Google” anything we need. Also, our social media accounts are there to refer back to for information that we need at any given moment. I have found that we are relying on social media for too many personal things, especially birthdays. 

Those of us on Facebook know that when you login you’ll get a “birthday notification.” It’s amazing that you can connect with your “Facebook” friends to wish them a happy birthday. I know it feels good when you get those messages on your “wall.” However, what happens when someone is no longer on Facebook? There is also an option to block your birthday, and there are many people who do that too.

No one wants to intentionally forget their friend’s or family member’s birthday, but it seems like that may happen if Facebook isn’t there to remind them. We need to stop relying on social media as the be-all and end-all of reminding us of other’s birthdays. Take a few minutes each day and add those birthdays that are important to your calendar.

I’d also just like to touch on how much we do rely on social media for information we can easily “Google.” There are many local groups on Facebook that are incredibly resourceful. However, there are certain things that can be found just using an internet browser. Another mom has found a similar story in some of her local Facebook groups as well. 

We have the capability to find so much information on our own without relying on social media for answers or to remind us. Let’s try to take more responsibility for remembering dates or events and for finding answers on our own. 

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