Facebook. Everybody has it, and a few grouchy people like me don’t like it.
Not that I have anything against it or people that do like it, it’s just that I personally think that it is a time suck that I can do without.
But that’s a topic for another day.
No, today I would rather talk about how everybody’s favorite social platform is a lot like the herpes virus.
Now I’m no saying that it hurts and makes you itchy or that having it makes other people see you as “unclean”.
What I’m saying is that when stuff gets popular on facebook, it tends to spread a lot like the cold sore virus does inside of your skin cells.
We’ve all seen a photo or video get really popular on facebook, so much so that you see it getting shared left and right and it pops up in your feed (or whatever it’s called) multiple times a day.
Well, have you ever thought about how that happens? Granted, it’s because that video or image or article is interesting for one.
But there’s more to it. It ties into the nature of how facebook is designed.
It goes like this. A video is found by one of your friends who shares it. Now, all his friends see the video (you included). You like the video, which then exposes it to a whole lot more people.
These people then do the same, and the process repeats itself over and over again until millions of people are all in on the joke.
It’s just like the herpes virus (hey, they call it “going viral” for a reason…)
It starts with the virus infecting one cell which allows it to replicate itself. The replicated viral particles then wander around and infects more healthy cells.
These newly infected cells then repeat the process of replicating the virus and sending out more and more viral particles to infect more and more healthy skin cells.
It’s exponential growth, which means that 1 becomes 2, 2 becomes 4, 4 becomes 8, 8 becomes 16, 16 becomes 32, etc.
Well, it’s actually much faster than that, but you get the point.
Point is before you know it an entire region of your lips is covered in infected cells.
Once it’s started it’s very hard (or almost impossible) to stop or contain.
And that my friends, is why once you feel that dreaded tingling sensation in your lips, it’s already too late. The virus has already spread to thousands of cells and the damage cannot be stopped.
But there is a silver lining.
This also means that if you can catch this replication cycle at the very beginning, you can stop it before it does hardly any damage at all.
And if you read my book Cold Sore Control, it shows you a way to know exactly how to stop this process long before the tingling begins.
And that means no cold sores, or outbreaks that are so small, nobody will even notice them.
Go here to read it today:
Do it before you go back to wasting your time on facebook. Because the virus is spreading while you are.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller