Facebook Carefully

This post is for those of my friends and colleagues who are on Facebook most of the time — it’s my virtual lone intervention. I’m not talking about those of you who use it a couple times a week, or even once a day: I’m addressing those of you who keep it open at all times in your workspace (and playspace), updating what’s going on in your life minute-by-minute and using Facebook exclusively in lieu of actual conversation / encounters with friends and loved ones.

Read this 2/6/2012 post please: “Facebook With Care: Social Networking Site Can Hurt Self-Esteem,” by Stephanie Pappas at the LiveScience site. There’s some pretty interesting information about the psychological implications of Facebook use. I’m not suggesting (and neither is the article) that Facebook itself is bad for you, just that one’s use of it should be judicious.

Why not forego this minute’s status update and read this Forbes post instead?: “Facebook’s IPO . . . Like?” My interest in Facebook is suddenly keener.

More as it happens,

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.