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Today is my birthday and while I’m having a great day so far, one thing is particularly annoying to me; the celebration of my birthday on Facebook. I find its execution redundant and unnecessary. If someone truly cares about you, they’ll find a way to make an effort outside of social media.

It just doesn’t feel special to me when I am wished a happy birthday by people I obviously don’t associate with regularly, and all because they were prompted to do so via the reminder of a social network. It’s cheap. In fact, it makes me want to deactivate my Facebook account – at least until my birthday is over.

One could argue about their appreciation for hearing from people they don’t normally speak to or see regularly, but when the message is simply a lazy “happy birthday,” is that truly a friendly extension or just a Facebook user’s auto-piloted reaction?

Truly caring about someone should not be restricted to one day of the year, due to a technological reminder. How is that supposed to make anyone actually feel special? You don’t have to pretend to care about me just because I turned a year older and Facebook notified you about it. That’s all I’m getting at.

Things like this are exactly what I feel is continuing the divide of our culture versus the connection of it.