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Facebook as frustrating as a 6-year-old

Facebook had a birthday this month, and it feels as if this social network has turned into a mischievous 6-year-old.

Like a bored child with an old familiar toy, Facebook has figured out something new to do with its web site. According to one Facebook engineer, "... we started rolling out the most recent navigation updates to help you find what you are looking for on Facebook."

Unfortunately, the antics of the "New Navigation" are more than many even-tempered adults can handle. New icons, new lists and new ways of moving around the site have young and older Facebook members throwing temper tantrums. I’ve even found myself warming to a hot flash or two.

Quite frankly, a lot of other users agree with me in thinking Facebook needs to go back to the drawing board and color us happy again. Of the more than 18,000 comments posted in response to one employee's directions on how to navigate the site, I think only one person was delighted. (You know how forgiving a mother can be.)

One angry person posted, "Can anyone say New Coke? Facebook prepare to RIP."

That's not very nice.

Still, with all the changes that have been happening in the last few months - and now this latest makeover - some of us are feeling as though we’re living with a badly behaved child.

From what I can see, there’s only one way to control this situation. It's time to put myself in "time out."