Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On birthdays

Not mine today, but a friend's. Looking at the flood of generic "happy birthday!" messages on his Facebook wall has me thinking.

I don't reveal my birthday on Facebook. If you want to know my birthday, I figure you'll ask me.
Not wait for Facebook to mention it to you.
Not send some automated "Someone wants to add your birthday to her calendar" request.
Not just happen to see it go by.
You'll ask me.

And most of you don't care about my birthday, even my friends. I'm perfectly OK with that. Don't worry about it.

But reflect for a moment on the artificiality of these birthday notices. Is that really what you want from friends and acquaintances?

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