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    The Saturday Post: Is Facebook changing our identity edition

    The other day I was having trouble getting on Facebook, and it seemed the problem was with Facebook, not with me or my computer. I started thinking about how much I and nearly every single person and business I know has come to depend on Facebook.

    Then I wondered what we would all do if Facebook crashed. For good. Or just plain shut down. For good. For whatever reason.

    What would we do?

    Because of that thought, I thought you'd find this PBS video interesting. I certainly did.

    Watch Is Facebook Changing Our Identity? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.

    Today's question:

    How often do you get on Facebook?

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    Reader Comments (12)

    I get on once or twice every day; gotta sneak a peek at what those grandkids are up to now.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I get on it a couple of times a day just to see what's going on with my family and friends. Have a great weekend and stay warm!

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    I get on FB several times a day. I don't post much, but I like to see what others have posted. (Does that make me a FB lurker?) I learn a lot about what my kids and grandkids and their friends are doing and get to see the pics. Oh, and sometimes I steal stuff for my blog.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    That video was entertaining, but it didn't address the psychological impact of cultivating an online identity. I've read several books and articles discussing the largely negative impact on adolescents (especially girls) of living like mini-celebrities, where their every move is documented and posted online. Rather than adolescence as a time of self-discovery and identity formation, it has become a time of self-promotion and image formation. There is a big difference, and it is a sad one.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Really interesting video. I have been trying to limit myself to twice a day -- some days it even works...

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I am on Facebook a couple or three times a day. It's ridiculous really. LOL

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Sonoda

    Too often must be the answer. I too wrote about FB this week, it is an intriguing topic.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Depends on the day. But on average, 3 or 4 times a day. but I have 3 pages on there to keep up with, not to mention a few FB groups I belong to and enjoy keeping up with. Do I sound like I'm justifying???? hmmmmm.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    I check in a couple of times a day, and I often "like" other people's posts. But I post less than once a week, and it's often (surprise) about something I've done with the grandkids.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBLissed-Out Grandma

    Since I'm at my computer a large part of the day, I usually keep it open. But I recently read how much info it grabs from the sites I visite when it's open, so I'll probably log in and out a few times a day now. OR keep it open when I'm writing.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker

    I am on Facebook all the time. I don't know what I would do if they went away suddenly--I guess I would have withdrawal symptoms and seizures.

    January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFabgrandma Karen

    Wow, what does that video say about us bloggers? Hmmm......well Facebook is fun and I like it but I would have no problem doing without it. Maybe I would actually pick up the phone and call those distant friends to see what they are up to instead of checking on them on FB.

    January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie
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