VIDEO: The answering machine was Facebook for the ’90s

Who would have thought Jerry Seinfeld would describe how people behave using answering machines and it would sound similar to how we interact with each other on Facebook?

In this short clip from the early ’90s, Seinfeld describes how some people would rather leave a message on an answering machine, and become surprised or annoyed when the other person answers the phone. Seinfeld continues by describing a situation where two people hate each other, but use the answering machine as a “relationship respirator” that keeps the communication alive when there is nothing to say.

Sound familiar? When it comes to Facebook, some people prefer to leave messages on each other’s “wall” rather than engage in any kind of actual communication. And when you really have nothing to say to someone, Facebook makes it easy to engage with that person through liking and commenting on their posted items rather than talking and meeting up.


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