Ed Barkowitz: Sorry, But I'm Not A Friend of Facebook

Posted: November 25, 2012

Q: Maybe I am just old-fashioned, but all my friends are giving me grief about Facebook and Twitter and stuff. Doesn't interest me. Think I should get on the bandwagon?

- Socially Media Shy in Media

A: Hey, shy guy, I'm with you. To me, Facebook is like going back to junior high and getting in contact with people you didn't want to be in contact with in the first place.

I'm not interested in playing Farmville or Mob Wars or having people send me little smiley faces. Don't send me pictures of what you're eating for dinner. And I'm definitely not interested in following some pseudo celebrity or their tweets on Twitter.

Call me old-fashioned, but I like human contact, talking to people in person or by phone. And I don't need my private life to be more public than it already is.

Don't get me wrong, there are some positive aspects of social media as far as getting important news out there quickly. But you have to cut through a lot of clutter to get to the good stuff.

Don't let anybody give you grief about getting on the bandwidth bandwagon. Just say no and show them what a smiley face looks like for real.

Q: I saw a Sixers game last week from upstairs. I thought it would stink but the seats were not that bad. Did you ever see an NBA game from the cheap seats?

- Gerald from way Upper Darby

A: Dude, I'm 6-foot-5 and a svelte 250 pounds. I can't fit in cheap seats. Plus, I'm rich, so why would I want to sit in cheap seats?

In all seriousness, I love what the Philadelphia 76ers are doing with repricing the upper level seats and making it more affordable to see the games in person. Especially for families or people on dates or a group of friends going out for an inexpensive night.

Pro sports ticket prices are getting out of hand and are literally pricing people out of the games. I think it's better for everybody to have a full arena than have to have too many overpriced and empty seats.

As long as you're there live and in person, there's no such thing as a bad seat. Enjoy the games at a good price. The 76ers will definitely give you your money's worth.

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