When my worlds collide.

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Worlds Collide-Phaeton: by Meckie at Deviantart.com

I have lived in several different online worlds at different times of my life, each as remote from each other as the Milky Way is from The Great Magellanic Cloud. They may even inhabit different cyber-universes. But on Facebook, these universes have a disturbing and slightly eerie way of all melding together into a single, writhing, freaky ass clusterf*ck.

I recently became somewhat active on Facebook again, even though I really can’t stand it. This happened because I decided to start linking my blog posts there (it does help visibility), and, well, you start poking around looking at stuff and before you know it, you’re updating your status and talking to people who want to comment about your updates.

One thing that always happens that drives me insane, but is really sort of cool when you think about it, is when people from different areas of my life start conversing because they’re both my Facebook friends and they both wind up commenting about something I posted.

My friend Kevin, from a political/history forum I used to be active on (the site has become pretty much overrun by trolls but has a FB page now) got into a heated debate with another friend of mine I just met because she’s active on Sam Vaknin’s page. They got into a discussion over the religious implications of malignant narcissism and whether or not Vaknin would be saved by the Holy Spirit. It was an interesting if somewhat strange conversation. I got a kind of odd thrill from seeing two people from completely different compartments/timeframes of my online life get to know each other on my wall.

Okay, I admit it. It’s cool as hell.

I always wondered about the freakiness of my worlds colliding. When different areas of my life–or different times–somehow “meet” it’s very freaky. They don’t belong together.

This reminds me of when I was about 4. I was in the grocery store with my mother, and suddenly a woman appeared with a cart of groceries and started speaking to my mom…she was MY TEACHER and I started crying because it scared me because THE GROCERY STORE was where you bought GROCERIES and the TEACHER BELONGED IN SCHOOL so what in the name of all that is holy was my teacher doing in the GROCERY STORE?
It’s a little like that, but not scary or upsetting, because I’m not 4…..but its still weird.

That’s one of the reasons why Facebook scares me. It makes me wary and inhibited about posting ir some things or sharing certain blog posts there. There’s some topics I like to keep separate from people who inhabit one of my other universes. Why that is, I can’t explain. I don’t know myself well enough to explain why I have this strange neurosis about my worlds touching. Is this some bizarro world cyberspace version of a kid who freaks out because the gravy on their plate is touching their peas?

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Most disturbing (but really just more annoying) of all is constantly seeing updates from old coworkers I lost contact with years ago and having friends I don’t recognize because I can’t remember why I added them or where I knew them from. Also many members of my FOO post on FB too but I have quietly defriended most of them. I HATE mixing my IRL life with my online one.

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16 thoughts on “When my worlds collide.

  1. Hey you, I liked the post, and “no” i can’t stand face book. I have enough trouble w/tech and face book can’t manage to give me my own space. They have linked my junk w/my wife and now I can’t post to it, from my blog. I don’t miss the friend finds, most of the people I knew when I was young, wouldn’t know me from Adam. Enjoyed myself here, thanks.

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  2. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love this: “Is this some bizarro world cyberspace version of a kid who freaks out because the gravy on their plate is touching their peas?” Good one, Lucky O!

    I am reminded of an old Seinfeld episode where George Costanza goes batshit crazy over his “world’s colliding” when friends from one part of his life meet friends from another part of his life. It sounds really stupid but it’s true for me, too. I do not like it when my different worlds collide.

    Also, I agree with everything Rusty said. Except in my case it’s a husband, not a wife, I have on FB that wants to link stuff that was never meant to be linked.

    FB should come with a mental health warning. Seriously.

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    • It really should, because it really f*cks with your mind.
      I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets freaked out when my worlds collide. I wish I saw that Seinfeld episode. That was a good show. But I’ve never been much of a TV watcher (in fact I don’t even have a TV anymore–can’t afford cable)

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    • I always wondered about the freakiness of it too. It’s like different areas of your life…or different times…when they somehow “meet” it’s very freaky and weird. They don’t belong together

      This reminds me of when I was about 4. I was in the grocery store with my mother, and suddenly a woman appeared with a cart of groceries and started speaking to my mom…she was MY TEACHER and I started crying because it scared me because THE GROCERY STORE was where you bought GROCERIES and the TEACHER BELONGED IN SCHOOL so what the hell was my teacher doing in the grocery store?
      It’s a little like that, but not scary or upsetting, because we’re not 4…..but its still really weird.

      Adding this bit to my post. 🙂

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