What I Love About Facebook
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people
I moved around a lot when I was a child. My dad was transferred numerous times and we lived in several different places. I attended four different elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. We lived in six different cities in five states.
Now, I know there are people who have moved around a great deal more and some people who have lived in the same place their entire lives.
I loved experiencing new places (now that I think about it, anyway) although it was difficult at the time. The big disadvantage for me was making friends and keeping them for a couple of years until we moved. Then I had to start over. As a result, there are no friends from my younger years that have been long-lasting.
Facebook has changed all that for me and this is what I LOVE about Facebook. I have searched for and found several childhood friends who now live all over the world. It has been great to reconnect and share favorite memories. We have caught up on each other's lives to the present. What has been really interesting to me is finding out how "people have turned out" and what they have done in their lives.
For example, I found my best friend from when I was twelve years old and living outside Boston. Unbeknownst to either of us, we both pursued college degrees in English and education. One of her sons is about the same age as mine.
One of my first boyfriends is now a professor at a university. I didn't really see that coming but think it's fantastic.
I now can see the activities of my high school friends, college sorority sisters with whom I had lost touch and former work colleagues. My 30-year high school reunion was planned by gathering classmates' names from Facebook.
Facebook Use & Abuse
Yes, I know there are people who use Facebook to tell everyone every single detail of their lives. They share every argument, every meal and outing and share things that really are not appropriate.
Others play the hundreds of games available on the site and join others in those communities. I wouldn't mind playing some of these, but I just don't have the time.
I have fun every day "trolling" Facebook, seeing what friends are up to, sharing my own joys and connecting with those who live just down the road - and those just a little further.
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