I think Facebook is so addictive because of the need to know. Know what’s going on with your friends, the community and even the world these days. Seems that I hear about things in the news on Facebook before I hear about it on the news sometimes. But to me that’s a good thing. I can keep up with the weather, crime, party’s and events in the area that I might now have heard about any other way.
For me, Facebook serves several different purposes, and each makes Facebook fun and interesting (and addictive). I can keep up with and in some cases re-connect with family and friends. I can stay current with news about topics of interest, and I can be better informed about local events. And, finally, I can learn about new things: music, videos, movies, and places of interest.
It’s addictive because I’m a people person. It helps me to stay connected with those near and far. In minutes, I can be completely updated on what’s going on in someone’s life. And, I don’t have to pick up the phone… which is great when I’m not really in the mood to actually talk to that person. Also, for some reason people seem to be more blatantly honest on the internet. So, I learn a lot about who a person really is by what they post. Then, to top it all off… If there’s a guy I’m interested in, I can use facebook to check him out. For whichever reason I’m initially drawn to the site, I’m always lured to something extra. I’m curious by nature, so a five second message I was sending to a friend may turn into two hours of me looking at pictures and status updates of people… that’s just me though. :)
I totally agree w/ the earlier comments! It’s addicting because I can do it all there: tweet, share youtube vids w/ a click, get updates on local, national and world news, see what friends & family are doing, play games, organize events. Facebook makes it easy to find people who are passionate about the same things I love & the things that are important to me. It also allows me the opportunity to understand and learn about things I’m less familiar with…
Facebook has been a GREAT way to connect with friends from High School to Elementary school. I’ve even connected with cousins that I’ve never met. So long as we use it for Good, it should be used and promoted.
this is my question also. What is the BFD? I find the short messages inadequate communication. I still don’t get it…I do enjoy some of the pics and see how younger family members/cousins are staying in better touch because of it. Overall – it is so superficial I am still trying to make it ‘mean’ something to me. Not addicted, but had to respond to this because I really do wonder why people like it so much.