I love my Facebook. I am not likely to give it up. On a serious note, I have closed it down for days at a time, after particularly toxic interchanges with political rivals and I do joke that I may sign off one day soon as I get older and don't want to see all my friends 'pass on'.
But on a somewhat snarky-serious note, Facebook is addictive and this Baby Boomer does tend to fall into two of the four types of Facebook users a recent study announced.
If I were younger, I bet I'd be more of a selfie user. Being past my physical looks prime, sometimes it's just too much work to pretty up a bit to go on the record and no, I do have enough self esteem (not ego) to not show my worst side for all to see. That's as honest as I can get.
I believe I am a 'hybrid' Facebook user.
I am definitely a 'town crier'. I in fact used to think that term when I thought about my use so it was kind of neat to see it validated in the study. The article I linked to doesn't give town criers a very positive read, however. I do a bit more 'curating' of what I share than the offhand way this author swipes at town criers. I've definitely found lots of validation with my posts and started many a good thread. I like educating this way, if anyone cares!
I also am a 'relationship builder'. I love connecting and building bridges on Facebook. I can give you numerous examples, from my relationship with animal rescuers (in Maryland and beyond) and with my younger relatives. I am active in the pickleball world, building ties all the time. I love sharing the snark because it helps others (and myself) to laugh at the ironies that life is full of. There is more but that gives you a flavor for what I'm up to.
I wish lurkers as I call them - the study calls them window shoppers - would open up and share more. So many of them I know have thoughtful things to say - especially when it comes to politics - but their egos won't let them as they don't want to be judged/and or more fully 'known'.
So how about yourself? Where do you fall? If you aren't already a Facebook friend, I invite you to connect with me here.
Okay, so this was for some 'light, fun' reading on a Saturday!
Enjoy your weekend...