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Published: Wednesday, March 2 2011 12:41 a.m. MST

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Peggy
South Weber, UT

Facebook allows my friends and me to know a whole lot more about each other than we would otherwise. I read comments about my Facebook Friends (who are friends in real life) written by other friends of theirs that I don't know, and learn things about my friends that I had never known before. And I discover new friends, who are friends of my friends. We still get together in person as often as we would have before Facebook. And it's much easier to plan get-togethers. Before it would have required many phone calls (and many unanswered call, resulting in another phone call). Now the invitation can be made with just a few keystrokes. For me, Facebook has been nothing but a plus.

Grace
Bakersfield, CA

There are always going to be pros and cons with new technology, as some use and some will always abuse. But if used as the tool it was meant to, I've found more good than harm has come with Facebook.

One healthy aspect in sharing my religious views (which differ in the past 25 yrs. from my first 35), are that I can post my own words to explain my beliefs, and not have to always correct other's misperceptions, etc. Then if more dialogue is requested, friends can engage w/out feeling that you're trying to bombard them with your views.

Sharing "God" or religeous views on Facebook is the most spiritually intimate thing you can do. So because of the nature of Facebook being a personal invite (for the most part), there's a bit of respect given in your personal sharing. I am preparing a brief explanation for the reasons that I left the LDS Church 25 yrs ago for my page. There have always been questions, misunderstandings and hurts with my family members on this topic. I'm glad that Facebook offers me the opportunity to share my own story.

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