Before Facebook

What did we ever do before Facebook? I love this comic from John Atkinson of Wrong Hands - it sums it up pretty well! It’s hard not to have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, but it’s a part of my life now, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Things I love about Facebook:

  • Connecting with my family. I love finding out what they are up to and seeing their photos. There are some family members that I would not be as close to without Facebook.
  • Connecting with friends, both old and new. I can have conversations with people I grew up with as well as with my new backyard neighbor.
  • Finding resources and getting answers to questions. I’ve turned to my Facebook friends many times for help or information and it’s been a great resource.
  • Keeping up to date on happenings and events. I know when my friends are having birthdays, getting married, graduating, having babies.
  • Getting news about sales and new releases from digi designers and companies that I like to follow. Can’t beat going to one website to get all the latest and greatest deals - and even some freebies!

Things I don’t like very much about Facebook:

  • Oversharing. Some people just don’t have much of a filter and will post about anything. Good thing you can hide people if needed. I’ve also unfriended some people over this.
  • Comparing. This is a problem for a lot of people. You can feel inadequate or jealous when you are seeing everyone else’s “highlight reel” and expecting it to be your reality. I generally don’t let that bother me too much because I feel like I have a pretty good grip on the idea of what is shared and why. I believe people should be able to share their good news without others being jealous or judgmental all the time. Still, it’s a human problem to compare and I’m not completely immune.
  • Shame. I don’t seem to be able to stay off of Facebook very long. I like to check in about once a day (or more) and I often feel guilty over that. I don’t know why I beat myself up over it. Many people turn on the tv each day or pick up a newspaper or visit with a co-worker. What’s the big deal if I get that from Facebook (since I actually don’t do any of those other things)? But still, there’s a lot of Facebook backlash and even Facebook shame out there. People definitely judge you for going on Facebook, even though they all do it too. 

However you feel about Facebook, it’s a part of our modern world. It is probably worth documenting on a scrapbook page, a journal entry, or in a blog post. 

Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook. lol!