Non-exhaustive thoughts on Facebook: featuring web cammers and scammers
Non-exhaustive thoughts on Facebook
Sunday is a day off from PhD revisions and it is late Sunday night, early Monday morning.
Keeping up with old friends:
Facebook has made it much easier for me to stay in touch with old friends and to let them know I would be visiting Wales and England last January, for example. Not that my friends are that old mind you, but they are not as young as they were when I had previously lived in Manchester, of course.
I am older too, but...
hair club (just joking this is a satire site and I have no person in mind)
Reacquainting with my old school friends/acquaintances:
For me this includes, former churches, elementary school, high school, Bible school, seminary and the British Universities I have attended. It is interesting to try and remember as many persons as possible and to look them up and them see if they will be my Facebook friend, that is if I can stomach a certain person and vice versa.;)
That is not always the case with me being as controversial as I am. ;)
I am not stating that I dislike someone if I do not ask him or her to be a Facebook friend, or that I think he or she dislikes me.
Promoting my blogs:
Since I am working on a PhD in Theology, it is good to promote my teaching and academic abilities through this blog, satire and theology, and my more academic blog, thekingpin68 as well. It has been good to meet online both Christians and non-Christians willing to give my material a read.
Sometimes some pleasant people can be met. I look forward to continuing to meet new people.
Group 1: The 'web cammers’.
Through the 'Are You Interested?' application I click on certain women and they some click on me. This is not a dating service in my mind and is simply a way for me to perhaps weed through thousands of women to perhaps meet a Christian one to chat with as a Facebook friend.
I do not expect to ever date anyone through this or anything further than that, but I try.
The web cammers after we are Facebook friends sometimes appear on Facebook chat. Tonight via chat one asked me if I was ready to see her naked. I did not reply and simply deleted her as a friend. This is as my Facebook status headline reads:
Russ does not have a webcam...and is not getting one.
As well I have been asked a few times if I have a webcam and I know that a related invitation to Yahoo Messenger or Windows Messenger is leading to a ‘party’ with her and perhaps a friend, and I just see this as a total waste of time, and of course opposed to Christian morals.
Matthew 5:27-28 (New American Standard Bible)
27"(A)You have heard that it was said, '(B)YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';
28but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman (C)with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Now I have never claimed to be completely sexually pure in spirit, not at all, but I would like to avoid sexual sin. I delete the women that ask me if I have a webcam as well.
The fact I am a full-time student living in a quite secular part of the Western World and have not met suitable Christian women does not in any way mean that looking at someone on a webcam is going to assist me with issues of loneliness and related.
Group 2: The ‘web scammers’.
I have had quite a few of these from Christian websites and now recently a few on Facebook claim to show interest in me, but the scripts and tactics are all too familiar.
No, I am not going to pay for a young woman to come and see me and have her take the money and share it with her organized crime employers.
One time a Russian young woman after approximately three emails, in which we did not have any deep meaningful conversation, stated she ‘loved me’.
I posted this yesterday on Facebook and the other blog, but this relates to this point as well.
This is a message from someone, that according to her, is now in Benin, Africa, and was formerly in London and North Carolina. She is on the Facebook 'Are You Interested?' application. She acted ticked when I messaged with her briefly here last week and had not visited her when I was in the UK last month, as she was in London. As if I was going to visit her after two to three short email messages, as she is a stranger and I was nowhere near London. I have no clue what the hell she is writing about.
''sweetie, if i tell you i love you, it doesnt mean facial loving, you talking about facial loving, i havnt met you ,so i believe i just like you but i love the way you talk to me, message me, i can read the feelings you have for me and i believe definetely we are going to me then that means we will one day. i so much chrish your humbleness and the way you talk to me through mails and also your profile is an evidence of you mylove.' '
My reply to this message was...LOL.
My final negative with Facebook for this post is when I receive messages stating that so and so, usually a female Facebook friend, wrote such and such about me. I checked with a certain person and she basically stated she had no clue and had done no such thing. This has happened more than once with Facebook applications, and I therefore question the integrity and honesty of some of these programs.
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