A few of my Facebook friends gave up the social network last year for lent. It seems like even more are doing it this year. And I can honestly say – I don’t get it. I mean – back when everyone was playing Farmville? SURE! It takes up your time! Give it up! But does anyone do that anymore? People don’t, do they? Or do I just have my “blocked applications” set up so well I don’t see when people play Facebook games?
The majority of people I am friends with on Facebook, are my friends in my real life. I know some bloggers use Facebook like they use their blog, but I don’t. I use it as an extension of my real life, keeping in contact with people I know in the real world. Some who I see regularly – and some who I see rarely, but all who I care about. I can see pictures of my aunt’s dog or of Donnie’s aunt’s vacation. I find out that my friend got tickets to see Lady Gaga, or that a former classmate is pregnant. I see pictures of my friend’s kids at their sporting events or I get to read articles about interests I share with former co-workers.
Basically what I’m saying is, I LOVE FACEBOOK. And I don’t see why people would give it up!
It’s not just a sentimental tool – allowing me to keep up with people I care about. It’s also a practical tool. I plan runs on Facebook, and set up events. I keep up with what’s going on around the community and daily deals at my favorite restaurant. HELL! Donnie and I made Valentine’s Day plans based on a promotional flyer I saw on Facebook. Basically – what I’m saying is that Facebook does WAY more good in my life than bad.
What about you? Did you give it up? Did you think about giving it up? Am I just living in the perfect Facebook world full of rainbows and unicorns when everyone else is not quite as lucky?