Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. It can be a valuable promotional tool for professionals. However, just like any other form of entertainment, Facebook can take up way too much of your time. When that happens, you may wake up and realize you’re living way too much of your life in the social networking zone. Why is that so bad? Can a simple social networking site really make you that miserable? It certainly can. Here are 5 examples.
Forcing a relationship based on the past can bring up old issues.
Finding old classmates, friends and relatives on Facebook can be a wonderful thing. Keeping in touch is important. But why are you getting back in touch with people you never got along with? Those you left behind years ago may have been left behind for good reason. You’ve changed. So have they. You don’t even know each other anymore. Getting in touch may spark arguments over unsettled problems that are better left behind.
Facebook discussions can turn friends into enemies.
Have you ever found yourself texting angrily in “real” life, only to realize your texts sounded like a Facebook comment section gone wrong? There’s a reason behind that thought. Those comment sections can be brutal! Due to a few bad experiences, I comment very rarely on other people’s posts, especially if I disagree with them. The one or two times I’ve done it ended in a virtual shouting match that left me miserable and questioning my choice of Facebook friends.
Facebook lacks true face time.
It’s so much easier to be sarcastic when you’re not looking someone right in the eye, isn’t it? Plus, the written word doesn’t contain the same fluctuations as the voice. It’s harder to tell if someone is serious or joking. If you use social networking to advance your career, some Facebook friends are strangers to your real world. It’s easier for people to be heartless on Facebook, than in real life. That can make for an experience that’s less than positive.
Facebook brings undiscovered facets of your personality to light.
How well do you know your friends and family? How well do they know you? When I first started posting my vegan, liberal and atheist thoughts on Facebook, I’m sure my family was surprised. They’re all pretty conventional. I moved west years ago. They know me as a child, but my views have changed since then. I soon found out that one relative (a die hard NRA member, and outspoken Republican) and I were destined to butt heads. It was pretty sad to remove her from my friend’s list, nevertheless, remove her I did. I don’t suppose we’ll ever be close again. Thanks, Facebook.
Facebook memes can be hurtful.
Even when your Facebook friends have differing views, make an effort to get along. Facebook memes can be detrimental in messing things up. This goes both ways of course. I’ve seen many memes that disappoint or anger me. I’m sure some of the memes I post might get under the skin of those with opposing views as well. What can be done? The thing is, your page is your page. It’s up to you what you post there. Still, it’s best to keep those memes on the soft side. Otherwise, they can ruin your friendships in a quick hurry.
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