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This social networking site page is a bit much

By Staff | Jul 2, 2010

Those who know me, know that I’ve issued a personal boycott regarding Facebook.

It’s nothing personal toward those people who have a Facebook page. I have no grievances toward anyone who professes to love the popular social networking site. It’s just not for me.

I guess I just wonder who has the time. As a mother of two toddlers, I honestly don’t know when I would find the time to update my site let alone cruise around on other people’s. My days are filled to the brim with work, kids, trips to the park, laundry, cleaning, dishes, and community involvement. I can barely find time to think, let alone spend my free time on the computer.

Plus (are you sitting down for this one?), we don’t even own a computer. I know that’s a shocker to most people. I always say that I stare at one all day long, I have no desire to go home and stare at another computer screen. I realize not having a computer in my home puts me in the minority among people my age. But again I ask, who has the time?

The newspaper recently set up a Facebook account. For a business entity to do so, it’s really all about reaching the public in every way possible. I know it’s the popular thing to do and some people think they couldn’t live without it. What did we do when we couldn’t peek into other people’s lives through sites like Facebook? We survived just fine before we were able to see what activities and every day happenings that our friends and family members were engaged in every waking moment. Even if you claim to be “just curious,” what ever happened to just going about your own business?

I’m as nosey as the next person, but I just can’t bring myself to spending precious time on the computer trying to find out what everyone else is up to.

My distaste for Facebook was firmly cemented this past weekend when I read an article about Gov. John Hoeven’s mustache having it’s own Facebook page. That’s right. The Republican’s mustache has its own page with 750 fans and counting.

I ask you, can we please stop this insanity?

The Facebook page is called the Hoeven Mustache Coalition. Not only can people join and make comments about the governor’s facial hair, creators of the site are encouraging fans to help in the efforts to get Mr. Hoeven nominated for Honorary Chairman of the American Mustache Association by writing or emailing the organization.

What is the American Mustache Association, you ask? They claim to be the organization that strives to protect the rights of, and fight discrimination against, mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care, and culture of the mustache.

I know what you’re thinking. This is getting more ridiculous by the minute. But it’s all true. If I had a Facebook account I could prove it. But since I don’t you’ll have to take my word for it or go there with your special Facebook access and see for yourself.

The St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute has photos on their website of famous mustaches such as those that have graced the faces of Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, the Today’s Show Gene Shalit, Nascar’s Richard Petty and even Mario and Luigi of the popular Mario Bros. Nintendo video games.

Apparently, the mustache is making a comeback. But then again, it depends on who you talk to. If Hoeven is elected in November he may be the only mustached senator in Washington. And at this point election chances look quite favorable since Hoeven’s facial hair appears to have more supporters than the Democrat candidate running on the opposing side of the ticket.

In recent years, facial hair has been taboo for political candidates. Some people have a misguided notion that facial hair somehow gives the impression that the candidate is sinister or hiding something. But Hoeven seems to be flouting conventional wisdom and sticking with the ‘stache.

If he should ever change his mind on the ‘stache or make any other move regarding facial hair or other important decisions, you can get the latest updates on Facebook if you are so inclined.

For me, I’ll just read it in the papers.

Mullally is a Tribune writer.

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