It doesn’t matter how long I stay off Facebook, for whenever I return I see different people posting the same stuff.
- This is a list of 10 bands I saw in concerts and one band that I didn’t see. Guess which is a lie.
- Here are 100 movies and which ones I saw.
- Here are 100 TV shows and which ones I saw.
- Add a picture from your camera that has the color orange.
- How can I create a face mask?
- Where can I get toilet paper?
- Who wants to put a teddy bear in their window?
- I came downstairs and my child was doing fill-in-the-blank.
- Cat memes
- Animal camera feeds
- YouTube links
- Zoom events
- Dinner recipes
- Free movies
- Free music concerts
- Free comic books
- Free whatever
The list goes on.
I don’t blame people for sharing the same things on Facebook because it relieves everyone’s boredom from doing everything else the same way every day.
From morning exercise routines to afternoon walks to grocery shopping frustration to misinformation in the news to disinformation in the news to not caring about the news to not caring about anything, it’s natural to turn to Facebook and other social media to burn off the stress and share silliness.
Facebook’s mission “gives people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” In December 2019, there were 2.5 billion monthly active users with 1.6 billion logging on every day.
If Facebook was a country, it would have the largest population, followed by China (1.4 billion), India (1.3 billion), and the United States (329 million).
I want to believe that humanity can use Facebook to be closer together. Yet, out of my (current) friends on the site, I can think off the top of my head of two people living in England, one in Australia, one in Romania, several in Israel, and probably the rest in the U.S.
Maybe I should take this moment and reach out to 2nd degree connections in other countries so I can see what they are sharing and read their thoughts about the world coming together. And, maybe I’ll comment on their memes and lists too.