How do you feel about Facebook? Are you an avid fan sleeping with your electronic device of choice on your nightstand? Are you a ‘friend’ to all and ‘like’ everything? Or do you not believe in the social networking frenzy?
Regardless of where you stand, it is apparent that Facebook and other social networking sites are here to stay and are part of our global society.
But, have you ever wondered what, if anything, Facebook adds to our lives? Does anyone really have hundreds and thousands of “friends”? Do the people on Facebook really need to know your every move and more importantly do they really care? Is everyone’s life really as great as their photo albums?
I know this may show my mature age, but I think:
…Facebook is wonderful for families and friends that are separated by miles and use it to post pictures and updates so they can stay in touch.
…Facebook is good for research, keeping up to date on products, and promoting businesses.
…Facebook works well for looking up old friends or finding former classmates for a reunion.
…Facebook should not be where you find out loved ones have died.
Last week, I checked my personal Facebook page only to see posts on my wall from the daughter and granddaughter of a close friend. My friend’s husband had died.
I just sat there staring at the laptop, a flood of memories going through my mind, and a million questions I wanted answers to.
Is this what we have come to – a death in a family is broadcast to the Facebook community first? I find this sad, but the answer is apparently ‘yes.’
A few hours later, my friend and I connected by phone, talking about her loss and the grieving process, while sharing warm memories. We’ll continue to stay in touch because we care about each other.
But, I won’t post a summary of our conversation on Facebook, Tweet about it or write a post about it because she’s a friend, and our relationship is real.
I readily acknowledge Facebook has its place in this global society we live in, but I wish we could add some common sense to the directions on how to use it.