Facebook, or social media in general seem to be the only way to stay in the loop these days. Everyone uses these forms of communication to stay in touch and to organize themselves. Check it every day to know who is doing what and what you can include in your day. Its great! Or so I've heard. My family chooses not to use Facebook. "Facebook is the devil" is the usual reply when my husband is asked why he doesn't do Facebook. Say it like the church lady on SNL and its funny for sure, but it rings true for many people, young and old alike. Learning how to express yourself in a responsible way using a medium that NEVER forgets is dangerous to say the least. Its too easy to respond in anger and hate without the face to face interaction which most times mediates our behavior.
Our daughter didn't like or understand our decision at first but over the years has recognized the value of waiting while watching her peers make fools of themselves and their family- posting the personal hell they perceive at any given moment, or embarrassing selfies that reveal too much of everything not remembering that grandma has Facebook and is a friend. I do miss a lot of the happenings both with extended family and community, but i have no regrets having gone without as a family. It has made it easier to say no to a teenage daughter and has given her a community to be a part of that has more meaning than Facebook.
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Maine, Eva's passion for living self sustainably began with Helen and Scott Nearing. Both were homesteaders who carved their lives from the land. Eva now lives in Eastern West Virginia, with her husband Dain and daughter Shayna, carving out her own life.