But it turns into more. I'd far rather keep my own counsel and communicate with my loved ones on Skype etc. I honestly think FB is the devil's work. It goes from a tenatative toe in the water, to an obsession. Does nobody any good. Just keeps you wondering what everyone else is saying about you, because you reveal so much...
But you don't have to reveal, it's your choice
And if you're worried about what you're friends are saying behind your back, they you've got the wrong sort of friends anyway, whether you are communicating on facebook or in person
Stop yelling at me ... I know you can restrict access. But, if you're trying to find out some information about someone it would mean that someone is not your friend, otherwise you'd just ask, no
But you do ask...it's called posting on a page. They say they've had a bad day or good day and then you ask why
If it turns into more than another comment apiece then generally I then dig out my phone and go into full fledged chat.
At the moment, various of my friends are about to graduate and have been finding out about job applications etc, facebook is an easy way for them to tell the people they know whether they got a job or not.