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Trust, Suspicion, and Facebook

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In this insanely torn world of tissue-thin politics and corporate come-ons, how is a person to stay open-hearted and not shut down in armored protection?

In our world of virtual "friendship", the lines of trust and propriety are fluid and expressly up to each of us to define them.

How do you define trust on Facebook?

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I get personal messages on Facebook semi-often from terrific-sounding people from all over the world. If I sense sincerity, I respond, given my open curiosity and the fact that my upbringing was concrete on the matter of human kindness.

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I independently believe in the practice of kindness. Yet truly, it lies beyond being a belief. Kindness, for better and worse, is a prominent ingredient in my blood and brain chemistry. This makes it a no-choice situation for a pro-choice girl like me. I don't like no choice.

Ha. Ha!

The joke's on me.

Anyway, here's a puzzle.

How to authenticate a person's emotions on Facebook. Is it possible?

Remember when a first date was face-to-face and yet seemlessly achieved the highest possible level of charm and evasive artifice?

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Imagine "meeting" on Facebook. (Insert commercial take-off of "This is what your brain looks like on drugs").

Facebook is a 100% vehicle for self-promotion. We choose what we display on FB about ourselves.

In my case, nothing personal, with exceptions to PMs.

I have a superficial affair with Facebook, not a relationship. I don't take it seriously or aim to replace my real life with my techno life.

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