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Facebook Is What You Make It

Updated on January 5, 2017

Some people say they don't like Facebook. Half of those who say they don't like Facebook have never tried it. The other half who say they don't like Facebook tried it but looked at it in a negative way. I believe those who say they don't like Facebook are those who don't know what Facebook is all about, and they haven't taken the time to learn whether they like it or not.

Facebook connects people around the world.
Facebook connects people around the world. | Source

Facebook Should Be Treated Like Water and Fire

Water is good for drinking, cooking, bathing or taking a shower. Water is in pools and at beaches for people to have fun with. So water is good in those instances. However, if we drink too much water or don't drink enough water, we will die. We can drown if we can't swim in water. Waterboarding is a form of punishment. So water can be good, and water can be bad for us. It depends on how water is used.

We need fire to cook with and to warm us. In those instances, fire is a necessity for our good. However, too much fire can kill us and destroy our homes and land. So fire can be good and fire can be bad. It depends on how fire is used.

That's the same with Facebook. That social media can be good or bad. It depends on how Facebook is used just like water and fire depend on how they are used.

Facebook can be helpful. Facebook can be harmful.

Facebook Pros

  1. You can connect with old friends and family.
  2. You can make new friends.
  3. You can connect with people all over the world.
  4. You always have someone to talk to.
  5. Facebook is a good networking medium.
  6. People can teach and share valuable information with millions of people at the same time. The information is archived for future reference.
  7. A person with a Facebook account can keep in touch with people far away by sending one message. Everyone will get the same message at the same time. If the message gets distorted, you can always go back and see it in writing.
  8. Facebook sends notifications of all your friends' birthdays. You save money on cards because you can send one message to up to people at one time by typing @ and begin to type the name and when the name comes up, click on it. All be tagged. Not only will they get a birthday wish from you, but they will know who their birth mates are.
  9. You can compete with people all over the world with your favorite game. Bejeweled Blitz is a popular game you can play with virtual partners. Family Feud and Mahjong are also favorite games on Facebook.
  10. You can keep all your photos and videos in one place as well as sharing them with family members and friends.
  11. You can send private messages.
  12. You can upload notes. Notes are longer than updating your status and saying what's on your mind.
  13. Facebook saves you time and money on telephone calls and letter writing.
  14. You know what your friends are doing, and they know what you are doing; that is, you tell them as much as you want them to know.
  15. Aside from being a social network, Facebook has become a preferred option for small businesses and large companies to advertise their products and services by creating a fan page.
  16. Facebook reminds you what you wrote in years past.

Facebook Cons

  1. People tag you in pictures you would rather not be tagged in. Just because you use discretion on your profile page doesn't mean your friends will, so it's important to monitor your Facebook pictures and un-tag any that look like they could cause problems.
  2. Everybody seems to be an expert on something they know nothing about. They write a scripture and moments later on the same page, they are cursing out their mother.
  3. People interrupt you to chat when you are doing serious work. However, you can turn the chat feature off.
  4. People comment on his post that has absolutely nothing to do with your post. Of course, you can delete the unrelated comment.

Facebook Pet Peeves

  1. A generic avatar for a profile picture. Not having uploaded a real picture doesn't motivate others to connect with those "picture-less" people.
  2. People not having their own profile picture. A baby, a flower, or a sunset might be beautiful, but people prefer connecting with you; not your baby, not your flower, not your sports team.
  3. People telling me what they ate or will eat.
  4. People saying "No comment" to a post. Would not commenting mean "No comment"?
  5. People using a thread to talk to someone else about something that has nothing to do with the original post.
  6. People responding with something so far off the subject that it makes no sense at all.
  7. People who never respond, but when you see them in person they can tell you more about your thread than you can.
  8. People sending applications and sites to join. If they were really your friend, they would know you are not interested in Mafia Wars or Farmville. To avoid having all those applications show up on your wall, block those unwanted applications. People might still send them to you, but you will never see them because they are not getting through.
  9. Profanity of any kind should not be posted on someone's wall if you know it will offend them.
  10. People adding others to groups without their permission.
  11. People sending chain letters.

What do you think about Facebook?

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Becky, you were able to find out about your sister in record breaking time. I hope she is on the mend. Thanks for reading and responding to my defense of Facebook article.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      revmjm, I've had a FB account for a couple of years now. It's a great way to keep up with my family members who live out of state. For example, day before yesterday, my sister who lives in Louisiana posted that she had broken her arm while gardening. I was able to learn the exact time it happened and even knew when she was on her way to the hospital emergency room. I felt as though I was with her through the entire ordeal.Afterwards, she posted a picture of her arm in a cast. This is one of the reasons I use and appreciate Facebook. I can completely understand your personal pet peeves, I feel the same. You did an excellent job in your description of Facebook. I enjoyed the read. Voted up and awesome.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      SubRon7, thanks for reading and responding especially about my pet peeves on Facebook.

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      SubRon7 6 years ago

      Great hub, Revmjm, and I certainly agree with your pet peeves, especially the one about not posting a pic of "you". Thanks much!

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tracy Lynn Conway, thanks for reading and responding.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great hub! I could really relate with your pet peeves! Pet Peeve number 7 is one that I have experienced and was most irritated by.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Just Ask Susan: Wonderful! I am glad you are finding Facebook useful. I certainly do!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful Hub!! As a facebook I agree with your what you have written here. I have contacted people that I have lost contact with for 30 years. I used to use MSN to chat to people but now I just use facebook. I really enjoy it.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tamarajo, great! It seems like we are on the same page when it comes to Facebook. Thanks for reading and responding.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      I agree with you facebook can be good or bad depending on what you use it for and how much of your time it consumes. I have found it tremendously useful to contact people for ministry issues we have at church. messaging them is super instant and easy.

      your cons I agree with as well. I keep my chat function off because I generally don't have time to chat online.

      Your peeves agreed as well. I block most app invites. I don't play any of the games or surveys.

      It has been a great way to stay in contact with people I would not have otherwise.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, the next time you need to know something about Facebook, please call me and I will talk you through some things. I use it to teach, share messages around the world, advertise and a whole lot of things that I wouldn't be able to do if I didn't have a Facebook account. And it's all free. I love it and spend a lot of time on it. So send me an e-mail and I'll give you my telephone number and I'll help you learn the techniques of Facebook when you are ready.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub, revmjm. I'm on facebook, but I find it something of a mystery. I drove two hours one-way one time (four hours for the round trip) so my 23-year-old niece could try to clue me in. I understand more now, but I've never figured out what makes it SO popular. I go there a couple of times a week. If I remember.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tara, that's OK for making my pet peeve list. Tonight I had to privately e-mail two people to tell them that I was deleting their comments because they had taken over my thread talking between themselves about things not related to my thread. So that is definitely one of my serious pet peeves.

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      Tara 6 years ago

      This is a great article. I think that many people dislike Facebook because of the younger people who utilize it. It was interesting to learn that many teenagers believe that Facebook was made specifically for them. Sorry I made your pet peeve list. I talk about food occasionally, hoping to engage the cooks to talk about best recipes or practices.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      carolapple, thanks for sharing your experience with Facebook. Also, thanks for reading my article about my love for Facebook.

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      carolapple 6 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

      My husband and I both initially signed up for Facebook a couple years ago to monitor our teenaged son. But we quickly became immersed in it and have enjoyed it. We were both able to connect with long lost friends we had lost touch with - he from the Army and I from high school and college. I do know some people who are too suspicious about the privacy issues to participate in Facebook, and I agree that you need to be cautious and know your privacy options.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      James and Rastamermaid: Thanks for reading my article about Facebook. I enjoy it very much, and I enjoyed writing the article about it.

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Great hub!

      I maybe guilty of one of your peeves,I change my profile pic often with all kinds of stuff including pics of me.

      Welcome to hubpages!

      Voted up!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      This is a very nice summation of FaceBook. I like it. I have reconnected with a multitude of old friends. I do not accept any of that nonsense, Farmville et al. I go on once a day to see what's happening and that is the extent of my daily interaction there.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      imnotmissing, thanks for reading and responding. I'm guessing you have a Facebook account.

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      imnotmissing 6 years ago from New Mexico

      great post

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      cceerpp,ImChemist and Faye, thank you so much for reading and responding. Feel free to post on your Facebook wall if you like.

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      Faye 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, love your pros/cons.

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      wow , really beautiful hub.

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      cceerpp 6 years ago from Ghana

      This is an excellent post. I shall share it on Facebook. Thanks.


      PS: Voted Up and Beautiful.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      FaithDream, I am usually at the top of my leader board on Bejeweled Blitz. I love it, but I have been doing more writing recently than playing the game.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      I liked your pros/cons for this. Although I use my grandchildren's photos instead of my own pic on there so I would rank as your pet peeve. But I do like bejeweled, it is one of my favs. :)