There are many who dislike it and refuse to contemplate signing up...others become slightly obsessed and check their friends status every five minutes...then there are the relatively rare, but still quite awful accounts of bullying which have driven some young people to suicide.
From a purely personal perspective Facebook has been a godsend...I belong to several diverse on-line forums and groups from Ancient Burial grounds to Quilting Quilts...connecting with people who have the same interests is pretty much a life-saver when one is virtually housebound...especially during the winter months.
My friends list is extremely small...most came from a blogging site we used which then closed down...there are two with whom I share cards for birthdays and Christmas with the occasional snail mail letter during the year...actually...come to think... those friends probably know me better than relatives do...especially Shane, who sent me a DVD for my birthday of the spread of the Black Death...exactly what I wanted, but something it'd never occur to a family member to get.
But where Facebook has really come into its own, is through connecting to family.
Remember our joint families have been estranged, either from us, or each other, or both, for many years.
I made a tentative approach to my eldest son last year through Facebook...although we are not yet back to the relationship we had before he married, at least we can make the occasional comment without coming to blows. Himself's youngest son is another family member we've both re-established contact with after twenty years...there again it was a wife who made it difficult, if not virtually impossible, to have a relationship...but she's run away with her Judo instructor...he's on his own and has no-one to answer to anymore.
Daughter-in-laws can be quite a problem...!
But the absolute icing on the cake...my daughter, who along with her twin brother, was snatched by their father when they were four years old, after which we had no contact at all until my daughter was sixteen...then she developed mental health problems along with anorexia...had two children by different fathers and was a victim of domestic abuse by one of those men. She simply dropped off the radar for the longest while...briefly reappearing every now and then...usually urgently needing cash.
Then...on Saturday last...I happened across her on Facebook...sent her a friend request...she responded. And she has a new baby! She's named her Bessie...I've put a photo on.
It's very early days of course...what I want to do is bombard her with love and questions...being sensible isn't always easy. Taking it slowly is difficult...
For us, Facebook has been a godsend.
Feck...can't put the photo on for some reason!