"Facebook friend" is an odd term. I'm "friends" with a lot of people that I only casually know, or folks that I knew in high school but probably won't ever see again. So it's a loose term at best.
The funny thing about Facebook, though, is that it lets you get to know someone without ever really having to talk to them via what I like to call Facebook stalking. People post information about themselves on their profile page, pictures of their families, and status updates that let you know in real time how they're doing. As their "friend," I have access to all this and can look at it whenever I want and they don't even know I'm there.
All the time I see updates from people that in real life I hardly know but of whom I have intimate Facebook knowledge. And the knowing leads to caring so I have thoughts like, "I'm so happy that So And So is engaged!" and "Man, I'm sad that What's Her Face is having a rough day," and even "Wow! The Ugly One has some really cute kids!" (Okay, I don't really call anyone "The Ugly One." That's just a Teen Girl Squad reference.) But I don't actually let them know I'm thinking about them, because stalking implies stealth and besides, I don't really know these people. It would be weird....
2 months ago