While I will never admit to being addicted to the social media side Facebook, I will admit it is the first thing on my bookmark bar in Google Chrome. Facebook is a site most people check daily, where to connect with friends and family socially or to play a large variety of games. Personally, I use Facebook for interactions with friends, acquaintances, and a small variation of Facebook Groups.
Facebook Friends List:
My Facebook friends can be categorized in four different groups, met during college, out of state friends, friends of my parents, and relatives. Total I have 216 friends all of which I knew before I friended them on Facebook. Every time I see that I have over 200 friends my first thought is always “I can’t know that many people”. Honestly, I probably only talk to twenty people on my friends list at any given time each week (and most of them are relatives).
Connecting With People from the Past:
Sometimes connecting with people from the past through Facebook is a good thing, especially with relatives. In the last couple of years I was able to get in touch with my half-sister and half-brother through Facebook. None of us had talked in years but now we have the chance. I’ll have to admit that sometimes being friends with “that person you went to high school with that you never really talked to” is a bad idea. Because I have old high school friends on Facebook I have people’s statuses clogging up my news feed with pictures of people I don’t know.
Are the Friends All Real?
To my knowledge, each of my Facebook friends is real. Although I don’t have any pretend “friends” on Facebook, I have had friends create additional Facebook profiles under fake name in order to have people to gift things to from their Facebook games. Not only do people make face profiles for game goodies, I’ve also heard of people making Facebook pages for fictional characters.
The Status Feed:
Most of the people I’m friends with on Facebook plays those Zinga games, so a lot of the posts are game related. Once I went through and blocked all that clutter, I was able to see mostly status updates. While I don’t really learn anything for statuses, sometimes my friends post web articles or talk about stores that are currently having sales. Because I’m a fan of places like Discovery Chanel and National Geographic, sometimes links to their articles appear on my news feed.
Facebook groups are a great idea, in my opinion. A couple of my classes over the years have used Facebook as a means for the class to have discussion or share class related media when class isn’t in session. And, because I check Facebook way more often than email or the classroom web page, it’s easier to keep up with what’s going on with my classes. My university also has a “Textbook Trade” group, which makes it easier for students to get used books for a lot cheaper than the bookstore offers.
I’ll never be overly addicted to Facebook, but every once in a while when I learn of a great sale or event I’m thankful I still check it once in a while.