Thursday, September 10, 2009

Facebook - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!



Here is MY OPINION on Facebook!

First, let's start with THE UGLY:

Scams and Viruses: Even though you get to choose you communicate with on Facebook, sometimes hackers manage to get to your friends' page and plant viruses. It happens. One of my friends' friends, (you follow that?) got a message from someone who identified himself as a buddy, but he was lying and tried to scam the guy out of some money. It happens. But if you are on the computer, even email, this can happen.
It's UGLY!

THE BAD:

1)Facebook can suck your time right out of your day. It is sneaky! I can sit down and read and post and connect with people and then look at the clock and YIKES! I've been on Facebook for 2 hours? Are you kidding me? There goes time that I could've been writing. This is BAD! So I have to set a timer or have a clock NEAR me when I sit down to Facebook.
2)Boundaries can be crossed. You have a chance to reconnect with old friends. But what if you don't want to reconnect because of a bad experience? Some people have a hard time ignoring friend requests. Boundaries are crossed. And I've read that some people, especially women, reconnect with old boyfriends, even when they're married. Feelings grow and boom! Boundaries crossed. I hit the ignore button FREELY!

THE GOOD:

1)I recently connected with a good friend who I met when I was six! We were very close until we graduated high school. What a delight to catch up with her. When this kind of thing happens, and it does often, it is simply GOOD! Fun! Innocent. Lovely.
2)On Facebook you can receive encouragement and kindness. The other day I admitted to a mistake I made with my son and I received so many replies that encouraged me and identified with me. What a boost! And today is my birthday and I have already received many,many Happy Birthday greetings! Totally GOOD!

That's my two cents. All in all, I like Facebook. As long as I watch my time and boundaries it is mostly GOOD!

4 comments:

Need More Words said...

I get caught up in the bad of Facebook. I forget to watch my time and I am like you, I spend way too much time there that could be used better ways.
Diane

Cheryl Barker said...

I like Facebook, too, Robbie. Just have to take some measures to not let it suck too much time. A couple of things -- I hide the games/quizzes, etc. from my newsfeed as they appear and also hide some folks from my newsfeed as well. No, not you :) Just some folks that I don't have that much in common with...

smithsk said...

As it says on my blog - “It's a dangerous business, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien)
It is so true of cyberspace.
May the Lord protect us and the good from such connections overcome the bad.
As always, I enjoy your blogs and Joyvotions.
Susan

Jennifer Shirk said...

I'm not on Facebook. My hubby is, though. I connect with friends thru him. :)