I know a lot of people are down on Facebook lately, but I'm not at all. Privacy concerns? Pshaw. It's the internet.
Yeah, it's a big waste of time. If you believe in that. How can one really "waste" time? Time just is. You spend it as you will.
I have caught up with a few people, and very happily so. I've visited at least one friend I would not otherwise have. I keep in touch with relatives a lot. You know who you are.
The most interesting thing for me are the people I knew in high school. Sometimes, of course, there are things you didn't want to know- the drug addict is still a drug addict. The person who was always the most romantic person you knew is recently divorced. That sort of thing. But then there are the good surprises. It's been mostly just as my dad always told me- all of the nerds are fabulously successful. Or at least they appear to be so on the internet!
But, most of all, everyone is so friendly and nice. Did everyone get nicer, or did I just not let people be nice to me in high school? I'm really suspecting I was a little bit of a loser as a youth. A year or so ago, I looked through my yearbooks (for a game on Facebook, of course) and was shocked by the dozens of phone numbers I never called, the blatant requests for friendships that I just completely ignored. (Did I leave my own number in anyone's yearbook? I can't remember at all.) I've always enjoyed having just a few close friends, but even considering that, I was a bit cold as a teen. And shy. The joy of life, lucky for me, is that we can always change.