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What I Love About Facebook

Updated on October 29, 2013
BFF - they don't even need Facebook
BFF - they don't even need Facebook | Source

The Background

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.

Re-Connecting

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.

Do you use Facebook to connect with old friends?

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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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  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    We also settled down (sort of) when I was 13. We lived in MA also for a time (1973-1976).

    I don't like the changing policies at FB either but I couldn't bear to lose touch with some of my friends.

    Thanks for your comments - kindred spirits!

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    Kathryn 

    5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I let go of my Facebook account several months ago due to their changing privacy policies, but I miss it. I have a Google + account, which my family and some friends are on, but it is not quite the same. Facebook has a lot more users, and I had friends from all over the place on there! Unfortunately I have lost contact with many of them, and it makes me sad. I should have waited until I had other contact information from them before I deleted my account.

    I know how it is to move around a lot. We did a lot of that during my childhood. Fortunately, we settled down (more or less) when I was 13. But up until that point, we moved every year. sometimes 2 or 3 times in one year. And when we did, it was always to another town in another school district. My father was not in the military, he just kept losing his job. Looking back, I have no idea why he didn't just keep us in the same town and drive just a little further away some of those times. But one can never know the thoughts and circumstances in some cases. Let me think... We lived in 8 different places between 1st grade and 5th, and in the 2nd grade we lived in MA with my father's parents for a few months, moved to VA to stay with my mother's parents for a few months, and moved back to MA for the last few months of the school year. Very stressful year for me. We lived in Ma, NH and Va in those years. So I had time to make friends each of those times, just to leave them behind and make more friends. I reconnected with a few of my old friends, and a couple of them can still get in touch with me.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for your comments, kidscrafts! I don't post a lot of things on FB but love to read about what's going on with everyone else. Have fun!

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    kidscrafts 

    6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    I was quite shy about starting to share things on Facebook. I didn't like the idea to share my personnal life. But I realized that you can use Facebook in different ways...so finally I slowly jumped in it to share my work with kids. For that Facebook is a great tool to share things with people. Great article!

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for your comments, timetraveler2. FB was very handy for finding classmates for my 30 year reunion last year.

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    Sondra Rochelle 

    6 years ago from USA

    I used FB briefly when I was helping to find people for a 50 year class reunion, but I dropped it when I found out how negative some of their practices were and that they were using potentially dangerous facial recognition technology. However, it was fun to find some of my old school chums!

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I appreciate your feedback, Dancilla! Keep connecting!

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    Priscilla 

    6 years ago from El Paso

    I love facebook, ever since I got it, I have really been happy about connecting with people I didn't know remembered me since even elementary school. Thanks for this hub, very worth my time to read.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Jakobah. I like discovering what everyone is up to thanks to FB.

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    Jakobah 

    6 years ago

    Connecting people and old friends.... thanks to Facebook.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, hoteltravel & tschaunerb. Definitely addictive.

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    hoteltravel 

    6 years ago from Thailand

    Completely agree with you on the uses and misuses of Facebook. It is an incredible tool to connect with long lost friends. But once you are in, you are slowly sucked into the madness that is difficult to get out. Or if you stubbornly refuse to get involved, you are branded for life.

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    tschaunerb 

    6 years ago from Medicine Hat

    love love facebook. I am addicted tho, its almost unhealthy... almost.

    Good Hub.

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