I am sure it has happened to all of you at least once in your lives. You are like me and a few other people. Once a year you HAVE to cull some people from your BookFace friends list. Really, who knows 458 people? Anyway you happen to delete someone who maybe lives in your city, someone who’s number you have but you haven’t in donkeys years. In fact its been so long since you saw them and spoke to them face to face you are not even sure that they still live in the same city/town.
With one click, you have reduced your friend list down to 457. Ah you feel so much better. It was a long time coming. You had to reduce the numbers (eventhough it was only by 1) and you feel relieved, at peace, cleansed. Not there was nothing wrong with this particular person. Unfortunately when you loaded the mouse, and the crosshairs hovered over that person’s face and the BookFace told you more about that person, you ended them (on BookFace).
Lo and behold a few days later you are out in the supermarket or at a pub/bar/library/random park bench/mutual friend birthday party and there is that moment that you lock eyes with said culled individual. In your head you think that its going to be a totally harmless “hello! How are you” with a big smiley at the end of it. Instead you are confronted with an awkward conversation that I am sure approximately 74.32% of the worlds population has experienced once (if they are lucky) if not twice in their lives. The dreaded question: “Why did you delete me on the BookFace?”
I find it to be such a weird question. Its the BookFace. Do we all want to stalk other people so much that we feel offended if someone does delete us from the BookFace? We don’t. But there is that weird feeling like you have done something wrong, but you haven’t!
Its so odd how Mark Zuckerburg (or however you spell the dudes name) has some how taken over. Think about it….
There are some really weird online “games” that I have heard of in my thus short internets experience. Most of them involve crazy things like the colour of your underwear and the name of the first who made you throw up in your mouth. These have all been somewhat benign. They have never lasted very long. Then again these are the internets. The only thing that lasts on the internets are the internets themselves. Everything has a life line, they are some interneters who have already started to predict the fall of the BookFace.
However this neknominations are a little interesting. For those of you who are not award what it is, according to Wikipedia (The only website left on the internets with true and accurate that can be edited by anyone) a neknomination is ” is an online drinking game. The original parameters of the game required the participant, or neknominee, to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web. The participant then nominates two others to to do the same. The nominated person has to complete the task within 24 hours. As the game spread it escalated with nominees performing the challenge in more extreme circumstances by drinking more potent beverages or engaging in dangerous activities either during or immediately after consuming their beverage. This ultimately resulted in two confirmed deaths of participants.”
Sounds simple enough. Sure. It was quite interesting because people got pretty creative about downing a beer or you know a bottle of rose. They had all sorts of music, scenery, there were also the charitable neknominations where people did something nice for someone less fortunate.
In general I have a few things to say about these neknominations:
Where did this phenomenon start? What made a bunch of rather bored adults decide to down a drink, record it and nominate someone they knew? My suspicion is that there was someone who wanted to have a drink with a friend who was on the other side of the world, and then make it more interesting by making it a competition to make a cool video, record it and put it on the BookFace coz sharing a drink via Skype isn’t as cool anymore.
Because we are so easily excited by the bells tied to a cows neck, it was only inevitable that someone would have decided that his video had to be the most amazing and remarkably dangerous that unfortunately some people died. It was supposed to be fun, not result in the death of people. The moment that people died, it became stupid. Unfortunately, that is the way that us humans are.
The people who did something charitable simply stated that they were not going to down a drink, but were going to do something nice for someone less fortunate. As I said earlier, the life span of most fads on the internets isn’t very long. This could have had some traction if the 24hr challenge was to do something similarly charitable or more. Of course I am a HUGE sceptic as to why some people do things especially on the internets. Some do it to be seen doing it, while others do it because that is what they are like.
In some finality, I am sad that no one consider me for a neknomination. In my old age I don’t think I would be able to down a beer to be honest. The thought of trying would have been fun. Unfortunately I don’t have the creativeness to have made the video interesting at all. I hope that one day, the drinkers of the human race realise there are better ways of drinking your booze. You don’t HAVE to down it. You can play the flappy bird drinking game instead…