What is the alternative to social networking? It's like trying to find something other than bread with which to make a sandwich. Sometimes you just don't want the starch. You leave it for another day and have a salad instead. Nothing wrong with ignoring bread- until the lack of grains makes you feel incomplete. Social networking isn't life, but without it we feel depleted. And yet, when things are too defined/refined, we crave something wholesome. With a chaos of "friends" comes the need to filter, to redefine, to classify, to reach out and touch somebody. Don't think of these networking platforms as beasts of burden, but as a means to clarify what is already there. We are not the same without the friends that are there to support us. Be aware of who you are. The rest will "follow."