Jun 12, 2018 · 3 min read

Facebook has become a universal space for real-time communication, image sharing and relationship building. In fact, Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking site and over 47.6 million Facebook users are aged 55 and up.

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We can use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family all over the world.

Just as the technology for staying in touch has changed, the rules of participation have changed, too. If you’re venturing onto Facebook for the first time or you worry that you’re not using it right, we’ve a few tips and reminders to keep you on track.

Almost everything done on Facebook is public, so choose what you post, share, or comment on wisely.

If you don’t think it’s for the world to see or know, opt to utilize the private message function to share with the one friend or group of friends you choose.

Take this into consideration as well if you live alone, will be traveling out of town, or are having issues of any sort at your home. While we should personally know all of our Facebook friends, fake accounts are extremely common. Don’t set yourself up to be a target for a potential problem by sharing with the world when your house is empty or if you are all alone.

Choose your Facebook friends list carefully.

Be vigilant of you who choose to friend online, being sure you know the person in real life and that you trust them to view the information you share.

Also, consider that you cannot control what others choose to post. The anonymity of speaking through a screen can tempt people to share their strongest opinions. Do your best to remain respectful and distance yourself from conflict.

Facebook is a great way to stay connected, but don’t let it replace your real relationships.

This may sound obvious, but social media has a way of being very addictive. We can get a rush of endorphins that make us feel great when we see that notification symbol.

If you find yourself constantly checking for new messages or posts in your feed, you may be missing out on what’s happening in real life. Stay in touch, yes! But don’t forget to call, get together, and send real letters, too.

Try to not get sucked into all of the advertisements that appear on your screen while you’re browsing through Facebook.

If you’ve ever wondered how your computer knew what you were thinking, almost before you did, you’re not alone. Facebook and online advertisers create algorithms that study your online behaviour, providing links to advertisements they feel you may need.

Always shop safely online, no matter the source, making sure the site is reputable and access it from a secure connection.

Once you make the decision to join Facebook, you’ll see how much fun it is to stay connected (or re-connect) with friends and family. Things that might seem difficult or confusing at first are actually pretty quick to learn once you get going. Don’t worry about learning everything, but instead focus on the features that are most enjoyable for you.

And if you do want a deeper dive into some of Facebook’s features, subscribe to the DigiLearn blog or sign up for one of our tech coaching programs!

Before you know it, you’ll be getting “likes” and “friend requests” every day!

What is your favourite thing to do on Facebook?


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