By Jonathan D. Lopez – Photo Editor
Student, 19, Hudsonville
“If Facebook were to crash today, I wouldn’t care. There are other ways of communicating.”
How does social media affect your relationships?
“It’s an easy way to keep up with what’s going on with my friends that moved away or the friends that I don’t speak to as frequently as I would like.”
Does it put strain on your relationships, like you don’t want people to know too much about you?
“Yes, I filter what I put on (Facebook) because of family members who don’t necessarily appreciate my views or thoughts.”
What sort of views?
“I am queer and I have a girlfriend. The entire time we have been dating, I have not put anything on facebook about our relationship…It’s none of my family’s business because I know they would harass me. And so I have been dating her for two and a half years and I just put a thing on Facebook on our second anniversary…Thankfully due to my annual Facebook purge, it went pretty good.”
Are you worried about how outsiders might view you according to your Facebook page?
“Yes, and that’s one of the reasons why I have taken measures to adjust my privacy settings. My privacy settings are if you aren’t friends with me, you can’t see anything. You can see my profile picture and my name, and that’s it.”