Here were my concerns and my subsequent impressions:
Concern #1 -Â Â It would be a time sucker.Â Â Not so much. Â I like to check mynewsfeedÂ at night, in bed, phone or computer on lap. Â It’s enjoyable. Â People post generally interesting stuff. Â I share it with my hubby and it can start conversations. Â All good.
Concern #2 – Â I’d have to hear when folks took a crap or what they had for breakfast.Â Â This has not been my experience. Â I’ve been able to see people on the slopes, cruise boats and Indian markets. Â There has been no shortage of funny videos involving jumping cats and naughty kids. Â I’ve never tired of Maureen’s dogs or Terry’s or Jan’s. Â NoÂ crapping, noÂ Cherrios.
Concern #3 -Â Facebook has been implicated in many a divorce.Â Â I don’t monkey around online or off. Â Future suffering is to be avoided (heyam duhkham anagatam forÂ youÂ Sanskrit types) is a good mantra to live by.
Concern #4 – Â Everyone’s smart, successful and spiritually developed. Â This is still a bit of an issue. Â If you’re looking for reasons to feel lousy about your life, just spend some time on FB, with all the smiling faces and witty posts all coming from some super cool location. Â Does anyone work? Â Not that that’s a bad thing, you know.
I have a sweet collection of “friends.” Â I have not tried to maximize my quantity of friends, which you could easily do.Â Â I have not tried to connect with my grade school friends or my exes (see Concern #3).Â Â Those that I follow and that follow me are a respectful group. Â When I post something, many will offer encouragement or validation or just “like” to indicate they see me. Â It feels warm and a bit fuzzy.
So, there. I’ve joined the masses. Â I’m one of the 250 million people who sign in each day. Â I have 122 interesting, thoughtful and seemingly reasonable FB friends. Â That’s 8 below the average user. Â Thumbs up for Facebook!