Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My husband has told me for years about the dangers lurking on Facebook, how easy it was to download viruses that could totally hose your pc. So I listened to him, the pc technician, and avoided it at all costs! Until a week ago, that is...
You see, friends of HIS at work had finally convinced him to try it, and he was having a lot of fun, playing games, reconnecting with old friends... until finally, I'd had enough, and set up my account! Now that I've been active on facebook for a full week, I thought I'd share my thoughts.
First of all, that Farmville game is DARN addicting! I just need more neighbors! But then again, don't we ALWAYS need more neighbors? More people to cheer us on, and let us know when we're not doing as well as we could? ~grins~ The animals are delightful, with all their sounds and harvests. The only drawback I've seen is with their crops that harvest in days rather than hours--- the Farmville day is 23 hours, Not 24!
Reconnecting with people has been wonderful. Let's face it, I've had more than my share of adventures in the past 10 years, and getting to chat with people from those adventurous times has been fun.
However, I've found myself thinking a lot about the basic premise of Facebook in the past few days. How do people feel about having this one location for ALL your friends and acquaintances to chat? Think about it... do we really want our coworkers (and bosses) to learn about our off-the-clock activities that have been posted on facebook? Do we want our family to know about some of the kids we hung out with back in college? Do we want our pastor/minister to know about our late night adventure on Friday night?
Maybe it's just me, but there are some of my friends who know me as a very straight-laced, almost conservative person. Others, however, would laugh at that description.... They've seen me get silly, outrageous, or opinionated. Personally, I think it's okay that Facebook is becoming the great melding pot of my friends-- because if people only see one side of me, they're not really seeing the whole me.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I am who I am... but there is only one of me.
By the way, my husband wanted me to mention the fact that he Had picked up a virus during his first week... so please use caution!