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I have often been accused of always being on Facebook. Yes, I admit it, I am a tad addicted to this form of social media. I guess it boils down to my curious nature, (aka being a sticky beak!) and the fact that I love being social.
I have also been accused of putting too much crap on Facebook on occasion which I must protest. I believe that most people, like myself, are really sticky beaks and like to know what other people are up to.
I love hearing news of births, engagements, graduations and weddings. I love looking at people’s holiday snaps and family portraits. I also love some of the funny and inspirational quotes and sharing them with my friends.
However, I don’t particularly want to see what people are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner and know what they are doing every living minute of the day! I also get annoyed with people’s obsession of posting continuous status updates and selfies. I am interested in seeing where you are and what you are wearing but just not ten times a day!
The experts are saying that our obsession with Facebook can be a sign of narcissism. Posting large amounts of information on your profile page can be perceived as narcissistic by others. Studies have also revealed that using Facebook is associated with jealousy, social tension, isolation and depression. Endlessly comparing yourself with peers who have doctored their photographs, amplified their achievements and plagiarised their bons mots can leave Facebook’s users more than a little green-eyed.
So I guess like anything in life, moderation is the key. Although I often have Facebook open on my computer, I only check it a few times during the day and sometimes when I am busy only once a day. Because I have a Facebook page for my blog, I usually like to check this page more than once a day to respond to comments and messages.
What annoys me the most with these self-proclaimed “I don’t go on Facebook much” people, who in reality are trying to tell you that they are either far too busy or too important to look at it, is that they do! They sneakily go on Facebook and creep on everyone’s pages and maybe ‘like’ a few photos or status updates, but they refrain from putting anything on about themselves.
Who are they kidding? Why bother having a Facebook account if you aren’t going to be a participant? They are really just stalking other people. It is a form of voyeurism!
So for all of you Facebook “I’m in denial” people, I would prefer it if you didn’t knock other people for using it. It has so many benefits such as, keeping in touch with loved ones who are interstate or overseas, it can be used as a promotional tool (i.e: my blog), and can be used as a free form of advertising if you have something to sell. I also think it helps with self-esteem when people post a nice comment on one of your photos or posts.
I am proud to say that I embrace technology in all forms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn. It has helped me immensely with my blog and has got me back in contact with people I haven’t seen in ages.
My name is Kathy and I am a Facebook participant.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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