Facebook has changed the way people keep in touch.
For those unfamiliar with this social networking site, Facebook uses the Internet to connect people with other people, relatives, friends, coworkers, even people with whom they may not be personally acquainted. I resisted joining Facebook for a few years but gave in about five years ago.
Having a large extended family and having lived in several communities over the years, Facebook is an excellent way to keep in touch.
As with so much in life Facebook can be used for good and it can be used for evil.
While many use Facebook to update friends on what’s going on in their lives or the lives of their family, still others share positive, uplifting and even humorous messages. Some, however, use Facebook to spread malice, enmity and fear and even to display their fluency in vulgarity.
I have blocked and unfriended folks whose postings are hateful political rants and displays of how many times they can use the f-word and God’s name in one sentence.
Fortunately, the hate mongers and potty mouths are in a minority and there is a lot of good stuff on Facebook. In particular, I enjoy the messages of hope, joy and fun many of my Facebook friends share.
A common item seen on Facebook is a "meme." (Rhymes with cream.) A meme is an image, video, or a piece of text that bears a message.
Some of my favorite Facebook memes are puns. A recent one read, "A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail."
Another read, "Have you ever noticed: Ireland is just one sea away from Iceland." (Think about it!)
A meme bearing a photograph of a pelican read, "I tried a new menu item last night – a pelican burger. It was delicious but the bill was enormous."
Some of my Facebook friends share messages of faith in their postings. A recent posting read, "Be like Jesus. Spend enough time with sinners to ruin your reputation with religious people."
Another person of faith posted, "Sin wouldn’t be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately."
A solid testimony of faith was stated in a meme that read, "I’d rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than to live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is."
Many of the memes my friends post are philosophical, such as the one that read, "One bad chapter does not mean your story is over."
I appreciated the post that read, "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
Most parents will agree with the meme that read, "Happiness is when you realize your kids turned out to be genuinely good people."
My favorite Facebook memes are those that tickle my funny bone and brighten my day. Example: "I just got 30 minutes of cardio trying to pick up an ice cube from the kitchen floor."
A photograph of a pizza was superimposed with text that read, "Your pants won’t get too tight if you don’t wear any."
I am a coffee-holic and enjoy related memes like a sign reading, "Coffee – a warm, delicious alternative to hating everybody every morning forever." Another: "Coffee doesn’t ask silly questions." My favorite: "Caffeine-free coffee is like chocolate-free chocolate."
I chuckled at: "Warning: Do not click on any links that claim to take you to Justin Bieber’s new music video because they take you to Justin Bieber’s new music video."
The over-60 crowd is well represented on Facebook and in its memes. A favorite: "A beautiful poem about aging… crap, I forgot." Another: "I thought growing old would take longer."
There are on Facebook countless memes about the current political situation, but you’ve already been exposed to enough of that. Besides, I want this to be about the positive side of Facebook.