Why Facebook is not bad.

Sunday, January 06, 2013
When Myspace came along I was busy potty training and getting kids integrated into grade school. It wasn't my thing.

Facebook came along and my kids jumped on the Facebook bandwagon. And then slowly, much to their chagrin, their parents started joining.

Facebook, like all things internet based, has it's negatives. Sometimes my 'kids' (those in my school) will post things that make me cringe, and I'm not even their real parent. I see angst relationship dramas play out like an after school special, I watch people trying to stir up support for their religious or political beliefs, I see all kinds of really bad information getting shared and posted as true.I have seen almost every cute/odd/strange cat photo ever taken. Some young people have left Facebook like rats deserting a sinking ship. But I am not sure Facebook is sinking.

There is something very hopeful and life affirming about Facebook. Facebook has the ability to reach across all kinds of barriers and unite people. Facebook also has a way of shrinking distances, keeping old friends, old relatives and old acquaintances in touch. You can be on there and know that someone else in the world acknowledges you, wishes you well, wants the world to be a place where everyone gets along. You can support causes, get informed and rally around a community like Newtown when tragedy strikes.

In a world where we can feel very fractured and isolated, Facebook still has the ability to bring people together. That can't be a bad thing.




5 comments :

  1. Sadly, most of my family uses Facebook, not Twitter or Google Plus, so I am stuck with it if I want to stay in touch with my friends and family. It is ubiquitous.

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  2. I am in the same boat, Jay is. If I want to stay in touch with some of my friends, I have to stay on Facebook.
    I personally prefer G+. Maybe it's still the *new charm* of it. And I wish more of my friends would try it out. Be adventurous. But why? They're comfortable on Facebook. May they complain about its privacy issues or whatever else it might be.
    I truly think, it is all up to you how you use it. There are enough ways to protect your privacy. On any website!! I can't stand people bashing Facebook or G+...it's like the war between Apple and Android...but that's a whole different story. *Grins*
    When will people learn that NOTHING you put out there on the Internet is yours or private!!!

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  3. I'm ok with Facebook. For whatever reason, Twitter kind of confuses me - maybe it's early onset Alzheimer's or something. My kids and their friends have all abandoned Facebook for Tumblr. They don't even Tweet anymore, and none of them use G+. I have a G+, but hardly anyone else I know does - so Facebook it is! (God forbid any of us pick up the phone, skype or *gasp* meet for lunch!)

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