I have a Facebook page, as does most everyone in my family. I spend time there catching up with family and friends.
My sister M is giving up Facebook for Lent. That lead me to consider how I use my time spent on Facebook. For me, M giving up Facebook just means that we will communicate by phone more. We used to call each other much more before we both got FB accounts. Now, we mostly keep up with each other on-line.
My family is the reason I have a FB account. My nieces and nephews use it as their main way of communicating. Since we don’t live close enough to see them all as often as we would like, this keeps us updated to what is happening in their lives.
It all started when they stopped emailing and posting pictures to places like Snapfish, and started posting them all on FB. I broke down and signed up, kicking and screaming all the way. But I had to see my “kids”. Now, I feel as close to them as I did when we actually lived close. I know a lot about what goes on in their daily lives. I get to see pictures of them and my grandkids all the time.
It’s so great! I love the daily interaction. I love feeling like I am part of their day-to-day lives.
I have also used FB to get back in touch with other family members that, due to time and distance, I had lost touch with. I’ve come to know Scuba Man’s family better also.
I’ve gotten back in touch with school mates and childhood friends, and have found new friends who are friends of people I know. Just today, I got back in touch with someone who was one of my best friends in my early 20s. We have a lot of catching up to do!
For me, I don’t think FB is a waste. I may check it a few times a day, but I only spend a couple of minutes up there when I do. I use it for communication only and not for playing games. I think that makes a difference in whether people consider FB a waste of time.
Do you use Facebook? If so, what do you do when you’re there?