The reason that facebook is wildly successful is because at heart, we're all voyeurs.
No, I don't mean peeping Toms. I don't mean watching others for sexual gratification, although, I'm sure that transpires too.
No, what I mean is that we're all curious to know, most of the time, about what's going on with others...especially those that we used to know in some capacity.
Oh sure, when someone asks why you have a facebook account, you'll claim that it's to keep up with family and friends. You'd only be genuine, if you were your parents. Because really, its only my in-laws that look at my page for regular updates on their grand kids.
The truth is that we're hard wired to want to know what happened to the ex or the mean girl from high school or the old boss or the psycho former coworker. We can't help it. And, if the years have not been kind to these subjects, well then, we've got a great story for our friends at coffee.
Oh no, I'm not judging. I'm just as guilty as the next. I just find it fascinating that we're all so fascinated with each other. I know for me as a stay-at-home mother, it's my pseudo window into feeling virtually connected. But, I also know that if I had an outside office, I'd still be active with my account...I'm just naturally curious.
I do however, admire those few folks that go on social media diets after a few bender seasons...I'm giving consideration to doing so for Lent. We'll see.