My Love/Hate Relationship With Facebook

This my love/hate relationship with Facebook. Granted, I am not young and hip. The gray hair, sun spots and mom jeans screamed my youth ran away – which is ok. Just because all of this happened does not mean I have left technology behind. Facebook hit the scene years ago and was initially geared towards college students. Like everything else in life, the young set wanted in on what the big kids were doing. Then the rest of the population jumped on the Facebook bandwagon.

For me Facebook is a small peek into the window of my friends and family’s lives. Shared pictures of new babies and vacation photos are fun. Without Facebook the likelihood of seeing these images was very small. Plus, how else would we have seen these snapshots of time? A mass email? Just think about all the “reply all” messages.On my personal page, I rarely post. Most of what I say is either a funny repost or question to a mass audience. This was a lifesaver when I discovered the Saturday of Easter one basket did not survive storage. A close friend saw my plea on Facebook and found the perfect basket that matched at Target. Thank you Jen! Wild Regan was clueless that she lost her initial basket.On the flipside, Facebook was a time waster and ego buster. Countless hours were lost sifting thought the countless ads, numerous announcements of “likes” and some members who posted everything in their lives – that included a scary mud pile.For individuals that had self esteem issues, Facebook is the perfect medium to believe others had more meaningful lives. They became irritated seeing daily posts that announced their latest accomplishment or food choice. Facebook is prime time for bragging. Plus, when I did not visit the site often enough, Facebook sent a message to catch up with my friends. Really? Facebook deemed me a bad friend because I did not like something someone said last week. I just saw them in real life last night. Thanks Facebook.Have you read Facebook’s privacy policy? It is a joke! Basically, even with the strictest of settings the site can sell and/or trade any of your information for their profit. Nice, huh? Just think a company you have never done business with now knows you like strawberry ice cream after 2:00 a.m.Do I hate seeing snapshoots into my friends and family’s lives? No way. Don’t get me wrong, I am still on Facebook just not daily or weekly. I love to see snippets of life, just not every day. So Facebook relax with the email reminders, unrelated advertisements and lack of corporate honesty when it comes to selling my information.

Do you like Facebook? What in your life do you have a love/hate relationship with? See what other Spinners had to say.

Sharon, The Mayor

 

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