How to tell if you'll be comfortable on Facebook
If you want to know if you'll be comfortable on Facebook, all you need to do is to take a look at how you present yourself to the world every day.
If you wave at neighbors, greet people with a handshake, and tell them your name, you'll be fine on Facebook. If you're secretive, afraid of your neighbors, hide behind the curtains, and only go to your mailbox while wearing a disguise, you'll probably be uncomfortable on Facebook.
Facebook isn't about mastering some type of "high technology". There are a LOT of people on it, and they're not all geniuses at computers. And the ones who enjoy it the most are the people who just plain know how to behave in public. They appreciate that it takes all kinds to make a world, and not everyone can agree with everyone else.
I am saddened by the people who live in a world of fear. Yes, there are a lot of things to be afraid of. And there are times when I wonder how people have the courage to leave their house. But people do it every day. Some people are wonderfully comfortable with the risks associated with walking out of their front door, and maybe having a meteor hit them, or getting on the freeway and having some idiot who is checking Facebook on their phone run into them. Strange, but true.
The man I wanted to grow up to be would wave to the neighbors. He would greet them with a handshake and tell them his name. He would share the world, and keep an eye out for kooks. He would share his views, and listen to the views of others. He would look at photos of babies and smile, he would pat the heads of dogs. He would be comfortable in the world.
I'm still working on being the man that I wanted to grow up to be, and being on Facebook is just part of it. It has nothing to do with technology, and everything to do with who you are.
Posted by Brad Hall