Are you on Facebook? I’ve been there for almost six years, joining right after our granddaughter was born because it was the only place where my daughter posted photos of that new grand baby, and I wanted to see them. Now, I post more photos of the grandkids on Facebook than Jennifer does. She relies on me to tag her in the photos so her friends can see them.
As I was leaving teaching, many of my colleagues joined me on Facebook so as to keep up with my retirement pursuits. It kept me in contact with my school friends, but many have cut back on posting as they are too busy working or doing other things.
Former students have found me on Facebook and asked me to friend them. It’s fun (most of the time) to see what they are doing. Many of them are very successful in living their grownup life. There are a few, though, that make me crazy with their poor decisions. But, that can be said for my older friends, too.
Lately I am seeing health laments posted on Facebook, especially by people who also post photos of really unhealthy food that they have either eaten or want to make. I guess they see no connection between their poor food choices and their poor health.
A newer Facebook friend, whom I had not seen or heard of in over 10 years, has the irksome habit of posting just what they are doing at the moment, like getting out of bed, going to bed, fixing dinner, eating dinner, etc. No other accomplishments, except maybe to tell Facebook what tv program is currently playing.
Why do I stay? Well, some of my Facebook friends are wonderful. They post their fun vacation pictures, cute children photos, funny family stories. They tell me about their accomplishments, which are pretty darn amazing. I can keep up with their fabulous lives, which makes me happy. If I leave Facebook, I will no longer shake my head at people’s poor choices, but I will also miss out on the really good stuff in people’s lives. It is a conundrum.