I remember very clearly when I first got my Facebook account, and since then, it has not once been deactivated. I was just starting eighth grade, and had decided that after 2 years of Catholic School and being told not to get a Facebook or a Myspace, I would finally just go ahead and get one. When I first got my Facebook, it would have seemed like I had no shame. I would post about everything, but most particularly, the Facebook games I was playing. I would play all of these games that required energy, such as a Mafia related game, or Farmville, and Kamikaze race, and even Tetris. As time went on though, I learned to more limit what I do on Facebook.
I have always been a jokester; Laughing when I can, but serious when the situation calls for it. But, on Facebook, the front that I most often presented was the jokester one, the one whose posts you could laugh at and relate to in a funny way. For example, someone on a Facebook group had posted “welcome to a new life everyone” when talking about how the class of 2014 was done with college applications. My response? “new life? what do you mean by “new”? never had a life.” Or, I would post about how the brownies I was making were so delicious. But, while never posting as much as I used to as when I first got my Facebook account, I still posted a decent amount, especially of things that I was doing (but that was more on a, biweekly basis than a daily basis).
Nowadays, I almost never post anything on Facebook. The only times I really post things on Facebook are for things like online “arguments” or “fights” with friends (which are usually just for laughs), funny times I had with friends, or promotions, like a sweepstakes or the Ice Bucket Challenge. When I post on Facebook, I don’t treat it as my twitter (which I don’t have), spamming everyone else’s News Feeds with my world/religious views or what I’m doing every moment of my life. And when I do post, I limit it to the people I really want to see it. Or at least, single out people whose criticism I don’t want or who I don’t really know that well. Instead, I now use it as a means to two ends. The first being communication. As I don’t have a smartphone with a modern messaging app, my phone is not exactly the optimal means of communication for me. I am a much faster typer, and so communicate primarily through Facebook messages. The second end to which I use Facebook is as entertainment or news. A lot of the time I spend on Facebook is just spent browsing through other people’s posts, whether that redirects me to an interesting article that they hyperlinked, lets me watch a funny video that someone posted, or they just have a funny post. Sometimes I’ll like things, but most of the activity on my wall is by other people who have tagged me in their post.