We’re rounding the bend. 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is peeking around the corner. I’m going to go into blog hibernation for the holidays, so this will be my penultimate post for this year. 🙂
I’ve read a lot of negatives about Facebook and social media in general. And I agree with some of it. People do tend to glue their eyes to their phones and miss what is going on around them. Some people share the wrong types of things on social media. Some images are disturbing. But I don’t think it’s the problem with FB. I think the problem lies with us and with what we surround ourselves. However, instead of focusing on the negatives today, I’d like to focus on the positives. So here is my list of the reasons why I like Facebook.
As strange as it seems, I have made a lot of new friends on Facebook. Now, they are mostly other writers, but it’s easier to connect with people when you can see pictures of them and the things they do. Much easier than with emails. And when you have a lot of mutual friends, it’s safe to make a new one. 🙂
2. It’s a place to keep up with friends and family.
It’s easy to catch glimpses of what’s going on in the lives of people who live to far away for me to see them often. I can celebrate their successes, smile at cute pictures and jokes, and know when they are hurting.
Having a bad day? I get jokes, funny videos, Scripture, and inspirational memes on my feed. If I post what I’m going through, I get sympahty, prayer, and encouragement.
Crafts, new recipes (although personally I think these belong on pinterest), ideas galore. People share and ask for suggestions from their community.
Want a meeting that fits into everyone’s schedules, times, and locations? Make a post in a private group and check back for replies. It’s a great way to discuss things and make logistical arrangements without having to resort to emails or conference calls.
I like reading posts on subjects that are new to me, or on viewpoints that are different than mine. It’s nice to know what other people think. I might not agree with them all the time, but it’s healthy to get other opinions.
Funny things, pictures, thoughts, events, whatever is going on with you and yours, posting is one way to keep people that are interested in knowing what’s going on with you updated at the same time.
8. It’s where I find out what’s going on in the world.
Sadly, I don’t keep up with current events or popular culture much. So my major news outlet is FB. So, thank you to those people who post interesting news articles. Otherwise I would be #clueless. For instance, I would never have know that Kim Kardashian mooned the world on the cover of some magazine if it hadn’t been for Facebook. (Thankfully, there was no picture).
9. It’s a place to learn new languages, such as Pirate English.
You can also chose English (UK) and English (upside down). Which ties into number 10…
10. It’s a place to be silly.
Bitstrips, ridiculous quizzes, you name it. I can be highly entertained by the things other people post.
If FB isn’t a positive and fun experience for you, then think about who your friends are, what types of posts you “like” and what type of articles you click on. FB figures out based on your activity what they think you want to see. So block the stuff you don’t like and praise the stuff you do. But most of all, remember
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. ~Philippians 4:8
NOW TELL ME HOW FB IS FOR YOU? GOOD, BAD, BOTH, NEITHER? WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO MY LIST? WHAT WOULD YOU STRIKE?