It's easy to make fun of Facebook, to give reasons why we should all log off for good, or stop posting 734 photos of our children and pets each day. But when it comes down to it, Facebook is pretty great.
There have been times when I've talked a big game, said I was going to delete my account, never to return. But I haven't. And I still check Facebook daily. Because I just can't quit it, and well, I guess I don't want to. It may be eye-roll-worthy and annoying at times, but at the end of the day, it's fun and we all secretly love it. Here are 7 reasons we should never, ever quit Facebook.
It keeps you in touch with people you normally wouldn't keep in touch with. There are some people I would have basically assumed fell off the face of the Earth if it weren't for Facebook. People I like -- but people I definitely wouldn't keep in touch with otherwise. I like knowing what my old co-workers, who I really got along with, are up to. And maybe I'll even message them one of these days instead of just stalking.
Job contacts. Sure, there's LinkedIn, but there's something a little less formal, and a little more personal about Facebook. If you're out of a job, or just looking for a new one, Facebook is a great way to reach out to people.
It keeps you in the know. In some ways, Facebook is a news/celeb gossip/personal gossip aggregate. Think about it: How many times have you heard about something "big" through Facebook?
It's easier than emailing. You just got engaged. And you want all your friends -- and "friends" -- to know. What easier way than updating your relationship status?
It's as voyeuristic as it gets. We all enjoy indulging in a little voyeurism (see Bravo). Nothing is as voyeuristic as Facebook. Except maybe hiding in a tree with binoculars. But you shouldn't do that.
You get to see friends' and relatives' babies grow. Let's be honest, there are very few of us who are great at keeping in touch. If it weren't for Facebook, most of us would rarely see our far-away friends' and family members' children. And that's just a bummer.
You can make your life seem WAY cooler than it really is. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Facebook is nothing if not a highlights reel. Overweight, single, and jobless? Not on Facebook! Photos from the head-up only of you and your friends out on the town -- that one night -- make your life seem damn enviable. Without Facebook, we'd never be able to do that.
Do you enjoy Facebook? Have you ever thought about quitting?
Image via Redden-McAllister/Flickr