Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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I will be 54 yrs old next month. My older daughter (now 33 yrs) started a Facebook acct. @ 8 - 10 yrs ago. I had always thought of Facebook as a program for the younger generations. I remember as a teen, there was a lot of "small talk" among me and my friends.
About five yrs ago, I decided to open a Facebook acct. I was amazed to find old friends on FB, (some from middle & high school & some from my old neighborhood)! Soon, we had our first high school reunion, using Facebook as our way to plan the reunion. We also had an old neighborhood-friends reunion. Re-connecting with old friends was exciting and fun - especially, enjoying stories about the "old days". Soon, I was making friends of friends. For the first time in my life, I was making friends with people, without meeting them face-to-face!
My younger daughter has Aspergers, and I have two grandchildren on the Autism Spectrum. In 2010, I started an online event group for families touched by Autism - website: http://www.meetup.com/THE-STARLIGHT-BRIGADE-ASD-houston/. In 2012, I started a non-profit organization, ASD Houston, and recently I was approved for the 501C-3 tax exempt status. Now, I run my business on several social media groups. Second priority is my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASDHouston Third, is my Twitter account: https://twitter.com/asdhouston
I spend the majority of my day, interacting with friends on my personal fb account, posting on my fb page & Twitter acct, and running the business on my meetup website. I have thought about how detrimental it would be to lose the use of my hands! You could say that I get that "anxiety" (closer to curiosity) when I can't check in for messages, but I realize that the messages will be there waiting, until I can check in.
I am VERY grateful for the opportunity to use social media to give the Autistic Community a chance to come together for discussions & plan events. I have big plans (dreams) in the works, now that we are tax-exempt. I hope to make our world a more Autism-friendly world!
This "Baby-boomer" LOVES all that social media has to offer, to assist me reach my goal for our Autism Community! :)
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