The Facebook Generation …… Do you have Facebook?

Thursday January 27, 2011 at 3:15pm

Communication between friends and family has very much differed throughout the years, from sending letters in the post, to texting and now to using Facebook.

I’m sure that the majority of you use Facebook, but why do we use it…….is it just a way to keep with the trend or is there more to Facebook than this?

Facebook is undoubtedly the way to stay in touch with family and friends and is by far the most used social networking site. According to Wikipedia, “Facebook has more than 600 million active users worldwide”.

Many people associate Facebook to be a social site for the younger generation, however, you will find that it is not just the younger generation who will take advantage of this site….. believe it or not the older generation have taken to this modern phenomenon too. According to the Daily Mail online, “almost half of female internet users over 55 regularly log onto sites like Facebook and Twitter”. Even grandparents are joining the craze in order to keep up to date with their families.

People use Facebook for a variety of reasons; the main factor is, of course, being an easy way for people to stay in touch with family and friends and also to reconnect with those who you have lost contact with. Many people have found that they stay in touch more often with those who they hardly see or speak to. Facebook is a place people can go to leave you a message, browse through your photos, and even chat whilst you are online – it is without a doubt a powerful social networking tool and people have engaged this by joining and taking advantage of the social prospects.

So how do people stay in touch?

Below are ways in which people can stay in touch with each other on Facebook: 

  1. Sending a private message – here the sender will write a message to the recipient. The benefit of this is that other users on Facebook will not know that the message is being sent or received. 
     
  2. Writing on the wall of that person – here you can write to your family and friends but by doing so others can see what you have written. It is an excellent way to communicate for birthdays and to involve others in conversations. 
     
  3. Uploading pictures – this is an excellent way to share your pictures with family and friends who you may not see too often, you can also “tag” people who you have shared those experiences with. 
     
  4. Updating statuses – this is a way to let your family and friends know what you are currently doing by writing a sentence about the occurrences. 
     
  5. Creating events – you can create events for birthdays, charity events, etc, on Facebook. Here you can invite or not invite who you wish to any event you decide to create!
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