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The Four Types of Facebook Friends . . .
After being on Facebook for a number of years, I’ve realized there are four types of ‘friends’. Do you see yourself among them?
This friend, for one reason or another, chooses to be on FB only to look at other people’s posts. They never post. So we don’t really know who they are or have the opportunity to connect with them. It could be privacy reasons. Or fear to offend. Or misunderstanding of the term ‘friend’. Or possibly, being intimidated by social media and how to respond to posts.
This person (and over half of friends fit into this category) are all about family. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. I love seeing their posts. But after a while, I want to know more about them and less about their family. What are their likes? Dislikes? What makes them ‘tick’? If I consider someone a friend, I want to know THEM. And in turn, I want to share myself.
We all come with a variety of world views. I respect that. And I do want to know what others think. Even if I don’t agree and like, it helps me understand that friend better. But, hopefully they are kind and sensible in their posting. And balance their posts with family pics or lighthearted posts for variety.
I must be honest. I love these friends! I want to be inspired- mentally, spiritually and emotionally. You know- that post about being thankful for what God has done. Or the adorable animal, that thoughtful quote or link to a website that will grow me as a writer.
Be more than a spectator- be an encourager to you FB friends! If a post or comment resonates with you, give it a “like”. Or better yet, make a comment. Did you know that the more comments a post has, the more of your FB friends see it? If you believe in the message, comment!
Now, this doesn’t mean you need to be on all day, or even “like” or comment on everyone’s post. Only the ones that make you smile. Or cry. Or touch your heart.
To tell you the truth, sometimes I feel lonely in Facebook land. I’d love friends to like or comment if I’ve said something that encourages or inspires them. And not just on my anniversary or birthday, either. Although, that is my favorite time on Facebook. . . I feel valued.
What do you say? What type of FB friend are you? Are there any other types I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your comments below!
"A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.