No joke, April 1 is my birthday.
I am fascinated by the people who take time to wish me a happy birthday on my Facebook wall. As much as it seems like an impersonal act, it does make me feel cared for that people think of me and take time to write. I not really that active on Facebook.
However, to me, the whole birthday thing on Facebook is somewhat of a phenomenon. I find this particularly intriguing because I never do it. (Just being honest here.) What motivates people to take time to join a chorus of people writing nothing more than “Happy Birthday” on a digital canvas? What’s in it for them? What do they want to communicate to me? Who are they? Everyday thousands of people have birthdays and do these people spend part of each day writing to all their friends who have a birthday? (Each person has hundreds of FB friends, so one is bound to have a birthday each day). Why? Why? Why? Seriously, I’m not being cynical, I enjoy the songs of the well-wishers, but I just don’t get it.
Without further ranting, here’s my synopsis.
- I have 653 FB friends. 63 sent birthday wishes. That’s 10%.
- 26% of the people sending me wishes I don’t know well.
- I have never physically met 5 of them.
- Colleagues make up 50% of the well wishers.
- Wishes came from 16 countries and only 54% were from my native land.
Of course, I made graphs too.
No, I did not require people to fill out a survey before wishing me happy birthday.
Yes, I did use google spreadsheets to make charts and do analysis.
Of course, my wife thinks I’m crazy.
P.S. I also got four cards in the mail, 2 phone calls and few texts.