Several months back I joined Facebook as part of a group of people who all went to the same summer camp together years ago. It was a way to reconnect some of those old names, faces and memories. Then came all my old high school classmates. My graduating class ended up with a group, and it became a sort of online class reunion. And of course staying in touch with current friends, as well. And then came friend requests from the "other" people. You know the ones. Parents of kids on your kids sports teams - that you really don't talk to outside of sports. The old classmate you didn't get along with in high school (or college, or trade school), so why would you want to be in touch now? Your relative by marriage that you only barely get through family reunions with. (No, not my family - I, fortunately, have a WONDERFUL family - but I've heard these complaints, folks) But now she wants to be your buddy on facebook. Your mind spins as you imagine the person commenting on any benign post you happen to put up.
It's not that I post things I don't want anyone to see. The internet would be a silly place for that kind of information. But there are just some people that have a negative effect on your state of mind. You've purposely not included them in the people you surround yourself with. And suddenly here they are. Wanting to be in your daily life (or weekly, or however often you check your facebook page).
As I get older, I realize the importance of surrounding myself with people who are positive, caring and a good influence in my life. Life is too short to get held down by negativity. So what in the world do I do with that list of friends waiting for my reply to their "friend requests"??? The positive, friendly thing to do would be to accept their invitation and know it won't be nearly as bad as my mind is imagining.
Oh, and then there's that button I forgot about. Delete.