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Folks seem to use social media sites like Facebook for a variety of things. Businesses use their pages as a way to promote their services and people mostly use it to connect with long-lost friends and relatives — or to stay in touch with those relatives and friends that are out-of-state and sometimes out of the country.
Lately, however, in addition to the usual posts of kids’, pets’ and family photos, cartoons, memes and inspirational quotes, there seems to be a spike in the number of posts from kids — and some adults, asking for a certain number of likes, so they can get something. For example, a group of children had to get a certain number of likes for their photo so they could get a puppy. The question is why? Why can’t their parents just buy them a puppy, without having to take their request to a social media platform?
At first it was kind of cute … a photo of a bunch of kids holding a sign, saying that if they got X number of likes, their parents would let them have a puppy. Then it got ridiculous. More of those photos started cropping up and soon, a cute idea spread and became annoying. Parents, just buy your kids a dog or a cat or whatever it is they are asking for on Facebook! Don’t make them go through the rigmarole of putting themselves on the Internet for the world to see. What is it going to accomplish? I mean, seriously, what does it prove, other than the fact that a bunch of people see the photo, share it with their friends and get a bunch of likes? Does it really matter if 100,000 people like their photo? Will that really determine whether you add a member to the family?
Seems social media pages are used for just about anything these days, to include political rants, religious rants, airing of personal issues, a place to take up grievances with others, a place to post half-naked photos, a place to let everyone know how which TV shows you watch — the list goes on and on.
Of course, people will post whatever they want, and sometimes forget that a filter should be used on the content they share with others. That’s not to say that they should censor themselves and pretend to be someone they are not — because Facebook has those types, too — but a couple of seconds taken to stop and think about a post will go a long way. Arguments can be avoided by not blasting political parties, the gun control issue and religious groups — it seems that what most Facebook arguments are about anyway. And what does it all accomplish? You let all your friends know where you stand on a certain issue, but shouldn’t they already know that about you if they’re friends?
The social media platform is also a way to meet friends. There are plenty of people who have hundreds, if not thousands of Facebook friends. But it makes you wonder how many of those people they really know. Then you have those who troll other's pages. It doesn't necessarily mean they are friends with that person, most times they just want to be nosy, and a public Facebook page is a playground for those types. They get to see photos, read posts, find out what pages you like, etc.
All of this is just food for thought. It kind of makes you think about how Facebook is used and how we communicate in the 21st Century.