I have to be admit to being a bit of a Facebook addict. Although I am selective in what I post or what I choose to read.
There are two main reasons for my using this social network site. I can chat to my daughter and see photos of my grandsons seconds after they are taken...wonderful.
Secondly, my interest in animal welfare. It has been a great platform for sharing information about dogs and cats that have been rescued by the many volunteers here, and are up for adoption. So many unfortunate animals have managed to find their forever homes through Facebook, and that makes me very happy.
I do get irritated by some of the stuff though. I keep receiving invitations to play games, even though I often post to say I am not interested and please don't ask me to join in. but it makes very little difference.
Christmas Day on Facebook was something else. Why do people feel the need to post photos of their Christmas dinner? Do they think we have never seen roast turkey before? You've seen one...you've seen them all.
Then we have presents, opened, carefully arranged and posed for the camera. What's that all about?
We are living in a recession. Many people in the UK are now relying on food banks to survive. Others get into debt in an attempt to keep up with the Joneses and spend money on gifts that they can't afford, and that people don't really need.
Perhaps some of those who are unable to over-indulge for this one day of the year, have managed to access Facebook...what do they feel when they see photo upon photo of huge turkey dinners and piles of presents?
I'm being just a bit Bah Humbug about it all today. I am an atheist, but I do respect others' beliefs, and as I see it, for true Christians, over-indulgence is not what it's all about. And whether you are religious or not, this is a time of year for reflection, and for caring for others less fortunate, and not a time for showing off your Christmas dinners and presents.
How many people gave a thought for the homeless? Thank goodness for the kind people in many parts of the world, who sacrificed their day to help feed those much less fortunate than themselves.
For me, and for many of my animal rescue friends here in Turkey, whether they celebrated yesterday or not, it was still a normal day as far as the animals are concerned. Dogs and cats were still fed on the streets, and the sick cared for. That will continue, every day of the year.
If you wish to help us continue with this work, you will find many groups on Facebook who need your support. I also need your support, and a donation, however small, will go a long way in helping me to continue. Thankyou x