One very silly thing about a birthday is all the lovely well wishes on social media. I admit it, I do love that about facebook. C'mon...I admitted it was silly, but they are just little messages to brighten someone's day. That's a nice thing.
But, here's the thing...
I have a love/hate relationship with facebook right now.
I love it because my book challenge is there, and it brings me such a joy to see interactions with people from different corners of the world and different connections to my life all talking about books.
I love it because I can see pictures of kids, travels, fur babies, and other joyful things that I just don't get to see in that magnitude in any other place from friends and family.
I love it because I've reconnected with some people that bring joy in my life.
I hate it because most everyone is an expert on something. (No, they aren't. They just think they are.) I hate it because people say some of the dumbest, most idiotic, disrespectful, hateful, uninformed things that are sometimes even hurtful to others. I hate it because sometimes I get drawn in to what I think should be intelligent discussions (silly me), but they turn into ugly arguments. I hate it because I'm pretty sure that I've never once seen anyone admit, "I was wrong about topic XYZ, and thanks to facebook, I've been educated and have evolved into a smarter, better, healthier person".
I love it because it gives me a platform to discuss a book with a second cousin of mine that quite honestly, we would not be talking about if it wasn't for us both being on facebook. We don't have each other's phone numbers or emails. She's not a blogger. Facebook is where we chat. There are several people like this in my world. I do feel closely connected with some people and fb is the medium because of it.
I love/hate the voyeuristic opportunities that it allows.
I hate that it can be used by perverts. And inmates. And terrorists. And groups to support dickwads like rapists (Brock Turner's support group, I'm looking at you.) And hate speech/groups. And gangs and cartels.
I love/hate some of the memes that I see making their rounds. Some are wonderful and hilarious; some are moronic and spread ill-advised opinions to sheep-minded people. Let me share one of those wonderful memes that I saw the day I typed this post:
What are some things that you love (or hate) about facebook?