Originally Posted by alone_not_lonely
Apart from the lack of accountability Facebook tends to provide people with the feeling of these days (with people tending to feel entitled to say whatever they want about whomever and expect not to be held responsible- cyber bullying especially being my main issue), this is my other big issue caused by Facebook addiction. People who are able bodied are playing things like farmville... why not get out and grow a REAL garden?? No space? No problem! There has got to be a community project garden needing someone to tend to it somewhere.
Too much emphasis and time placed into being online when the real world is out there.
I will assert that online and real-world are not mutually exclusive. You like to plant a garden, so plant a garden. But does everybody need to plant a garden? My wife and I love to hike and camp, so we do just that. Does that mean everybody needs to hike and camp? What about our skiing? Kite-surfing? Other hobbies we have?
But then on facebook, I find a group of military guys with my old military skill who are about to get out of the military, and they are very concerned about how their skills may translate in the civilian world. They want advice on building soft skills to be successful in interviews, and tips from people who have already been there about what skills they need to build, and where they need to build them in order to be able to have a relevant job in the civilian world and thus be able to support their families when they get out. Several of us saw this as a real need, and we recognize the comeradery we had when we were in the military. We wanted to offer help to these younger guys who have the same concerns we had. We started a closed facebook group specifically for this help exchange. We have over 200 members there currently, and we share everything from job fair information to interview tips. I assert that this is participating on facebook in the real world, and giving real help to someone who needs it. Should everyone do that? No, I'm not saying that, but I'm saying that these technologies are what you make of them, and you can make use of them for real-world helpful activities.