It is easy to bash Facebook. As my mother calls it, “the ultimate time suck” (keep in mind, she is retired) it is easy to complain about but let me tell you, I embrace it with open arms. True, it can be a time suck and yes, I roll my eyes at my friends who post about how they are enjoying their coffee or that little Johnny just made doody (and yes, I have posted the same silly crap so who am I to judge) but what it really is about is community.
First, let me say, I am not a very social person (ironic that I have to help a child be more social). Facebook was a great way to help me be more social not only with my closest friends (which make up about 5% of my total FB friends) but with the Autism community. I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and to extend relationships that I never would have made initially with a face-to-face meeting. At the SARRC breakfast (insert link) I recently attended, they made very clear that we are not just a community but a family. I cannot agree more. I have received support, comfort, advice and even some good natured “kick in the pants” from my Facebook Autism family. I love everyone of them and enjoy meeting and making new friends and family. Some can tick me off (just like my real family). Maybe we do not agree on causes or they make negative statements about groups I support but my feeling is that, like family, you take the good with the bad. And even the bad allows for thought provoking conversation and reflection.
Bottom line of this post, you can learn a lot from your family on Facebook. Yes, it is a time suck and you can get caught up in the games and silliness that is on there but take the time to get to know your Autism community. They are an amazing, albeit way too large, group of people but each and everyone of them have your back and are there to help. At least that is what I have found out about my Facebook family. Stay sane.
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