It’s pretty crazy how big Facebook has gotten. It kind of has taken over social media. I mean, there are many other networks, like Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit… but Facebook is by far the biggest social media network.
Why is that?
Facebook offers many different ways to connect with each other.
It offers material based on individual interests through Pages that anyone can like, share, and read. It offers Groups so that people can organize their communities or create them. Events are a really useful tool not just for the average person planning a weekend party, but for businesses to publicize their events too. It advertises based on your interests, so that it’s not bombarding you with useless information, but stuff you actually might want to see. You can share your witty ideas with your friends, and anything else on the internet. It allows us to stay in touch with friends who have gone overseas, family living in other countries, or even just other cities.
As much as people say Facebook has ruined our natural human connection with people, I have to say I disagree.
I do think people who spend their time taking pictures and videos solely for the purpose of gaining likes on Facebook need to reevaluate their use of the tool. Facebook is a tool, and the number of likes you get is not a measure of your value. Despite this people do still insist on sharing, “I bought a tomato from the grocery store!” and the “Just took a big dump!” selfie. That stuff is pretty unnecessary, but if you use Facebook as the tool it’s meant to be, it’s pretty awesome.
Even if you don’t post or share anything, Facebook is still useful.
You can still connect with people you might not be able to otherwise. A recent example for me is that someone who did a homestay exchange with my aunt about eleven years ago moved to the city I’m in now, and he would never have been able to contact me if it weren’t for Facebook. And that’s not because we didn’t bother to keep in touch. It’s just that time goes quickly, and as it happens you sometimes drift from people until the time is right. Facebook allowed us to reconnect, eleven years later!
And how about how quickly people respond to amber alerts, or how helpful Facebook has been for people searching for their biological parents? Or even lost pets? What about the role Facebook and other social media has in conflicts around the world, like during the Egyptian Revolution of just a few years ago? It might not have been the reason for the revolution, but it sure as hell helped! You really can’t tell me Facebook has ruined humanity when it’s been helping us show our humanity, in so many different ways. People just need to use it for what it’s actually for, and not let it replace their real life.
So if you don’t have Facebook, give it a try.
You don’t have to invest very much time into it if you don’t want to, but you may find it useful! I currently don’t really use my personal profile to post pictures or status updates, but more to share things I think are interesting or useful. Sometimes Facebook is good for asking for help too. “Anyone know a good bakery in town?” You’ll have an answer within minutes.
Do you use Facebook? What do you think of it? How has it helped you, or not helped you? Let me know in a comment below!
If you do use Facebook, check out my page, Flight & Scarlet! I link to other interesting blogs, articles, videos, and more, and all my blog posts are shared there as well. Plus, more kitty photos (of course)!