Recently, there was a rumour that Facebook was going to end on March 15. Many thought it was real. While some heralded it as the best news ever, others moaned and groaned. Just as quickly as the news spread, it was quashed.
I know that many see Facebook as something evil, which eats away at proper socialising and swallows up the precious minutes from the 24 hours that we all get. I see it as a great platform with which we can keep in touch with people, albeit in a virtual world. Before Facebook, I lost touch with my family members. The only time I met up with them was at a wedding or funeral. On Facebook, I can see what each one is doing, where they are going, what they are up to and more. I can "poke" them, comment on their status, send flowers or hugs, share pictures and the list goes on. I've found relatives that I never knew I had before. There's something to be said about being connected but having control over the distance. The choice of being active or passive is in one's hands.
I play two games on Facebook. One is Scrabble and the other is Farmville. Yes, Farmville is a love it or hate it application. I didn't know it would be so interesting until I helped my son with his farm. Then Stephen created one for me. With that, I was hooked. For the younger generation, I'd recommend it, instead of those games where you shoot and kill to gain points. In Farmville, I notice that everyone helps each other happily and willingly. I don't know of any other game where your competitors are so kind and helpful. This refreshes my faith in humanity. Again, for the younger generation, you will hone your skills for time management and business sense. You have to plan and organise your farm for optimum performance. In addition to all these advantages, you'll make friends with people who have the qualities that really count in life.
The friends that I had long forgotten and almost given up on of ever finding again have reappeared in my life. The girls that I studied with and who were an integral part of my growing years are now back. Playing catch up with them is really wonderful.
Then there are the students who are now married and who have kids of their own, I feel like a grandmother already. When I am sad, I only have to say so on Facebook and I am immediately comforted by words or virtual gifts. Who needs real stuff when the spirit in which the virtual gift is given is what makes it so valuable and counts so much.
Then there are the new friends. They say "Make new friends, think of the old. New is silver and old is gold". It's not true. I have some new friends who I would classify as "gold". Without Facebook, I wouldn't have had the possibility of ever knowing them.
So yeah, I love Facebook, Farmville and my friends.
Life is so good and I am content.