I recently saw a joke online: Facebook is like your refrigerator. You know there’s nothing new in there, but you keep checking anyway.
You know where I saw it, right?
Yes, I’m here to publicly declare my love for Facebook. Though I’m not always happy with the constant changes in format, and in spite of my lack of full understanding of privacy rules and regs, I do feel that I get distinct pleasure out of Facebook, and I’m happy that I have it in my life.
When I was a stay-at-home mom, I peeked at my laptop a whole lot during the day. I wouldn’t necessarily spend a long time on there, but I would refresh my email and my Facebook feed, just to see what was going on with other folks out there. For a while there, it seemed like I always had at least one napping child in the house, so there would be days that I did indeed stay at home, and Facebook helped be my window to the outside world. When you’re nursing all the live long day, and you have two little ones in diapers, it’s kind of nice to be able to chat or check in with friends without having to worry about when you last brushed your hair.
Now that I’m in a classroom for the majority of the day, I don’t get to log in like I used to. Thankfully, during my break, I can pop on and get a little glimpse of what’s going on with friends near and far. Sure, it’s easy to say that these online connections might take the place of actual face-to-face interactions, but the reality for me is that at least right now, I spend nine to ten hours away from home each day, and by the time my commute and work day is over, there isn’t much time left for socializing with pals. They, like me, are too busy with their families, making dinner, cleaning up, giving baths, reading stories, and passing out on their couches. (I’m just assuming I’m not alone on that last one.)
So, for the time being, Facebook helps me be connected, even just a little, to those I love. I read statuses, I comment to make others laugh or to express my sincere concern or love, and I try to write updates that will hopefully stand out to them, too. Who knows what role it will play in my life in coming years, but for now, it’s a simple fact. I heart Facebook.