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Facebook Feelings

I jumped on facebook the other day and all I saw was negativity. I know sometimes social media can be this way but it just seems to be more of the norm lately and that really bothers me. We have this amazing platform that can connect people across the globe, that can launch careers, help you find loved ones, share your best memories and more yet so many use it to attack each other and do nothing but complain about the current topic of the day.

It is hard to write this without sounding like I am complaining about people complaining but I feel the need to write regardless. I am an old school fb user. *insert back in my day jokes here* I started using it when I was still in college back home in Virginia. I remember a classmate telling me about it and I had to use my college email at the time to be "verified" before getting on the site. I used it sparingly and shortly after moving to Florida I received notification from facebook they would be going public. At the time of course we were all on MySpace and had no clue facebook would become what it is today.

In those early years I used facebook as a way to communicate with all my family and friends back home and all over. I was living all the way in Florida while they were in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Tennessee, and more. It was so easy to share new pics of the kids and updates on how life was and we all enjoyed that part of it. Crazy part is now it's 2017 and I am not friends on facebook with a good amount of my family, mostly due to political nonsense. Part of me misses the love and more but I know it will never be the same and I have come to peace with that.

Now I use facebook to still communicate with loved ones but also to network with other professionals as well as branding myself. I have found it to be a great tool and it's not as saturated as MySpace came to be by this point. I think we miss a lot of info because facebook controls how things are shown on your page but I guess that's a fair price to pay for a free service right? Sometimes tho, I wish I could jump on and just not see negativity.. I could get on and people wouldn't be discussing what someone is wearing or spitting racist ignorance or looking down their nose at their neighbor. Sometimes I just want to get on and see updates about your business ventures, or pics of your new baby smiling, or just want to chat about how the weather is your way. Sometimes I just want to control the negative energy and cut it off! Maybe that 5,000 friend limit helps after all...

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