Using Facebook

How private can it be?

If you do not want to make friends on Facebook it is possible to be pretty private.

  • Users  do not have to give their real name.         It is OK to make one up.
  • They  do not have to give their real date of birth and it can be changed.
  • It is possible to use Facebook without answering most of their questions.         You may see a box on the screen urging you to “complete your profile”.         It is OK to ignore it.
  • Users can also join Facebook without displaying any photos.
  • This should be enough to enable browsing public Facebook pages freely, e.g. GAIN Facebook page.       Many Facebook users post pictures about their family what they have been doing but some hardly post anything at all – which does a lot to protect their privacy.
  • If a user wants to join a group it would be good post something to help fit in.       For example with the GAIN events group something from the GAIN Facebook page would be an idea.

Privacy Settings

Some people are particularly keen to protect their privacy and stop people bothering them.         So they may feel need to pay quite a bit of attention to Facebook privacy settings.           Here are some guides that might be worth a look:

Quick guide                  Detailed guide  (new)               Tips

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Auto-playfacebook-settings-options

It might be worth having a look at the video settings on Facebook.               On the Settings page, it is the last option in the left margin.                Click thumbnail for quick how to guide.             See also  detail for more information.

Switching auto-play off makes Facbook might make your browsing experience more tranquil and reduce broadband usage.

Facebook opportunities

People on the Autistic Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, tend to have restricted social lives.         It goes with the territory.         Facebook may offer opportunities for the  high functioning  to develop their social lives and skills, though.

  • You need a couple of real life friends to whom you can send Facebook friend requests, in order to get you started.        Your Facebook friends need to be sound people that you can trust.         If you do not know why then you would need guidance.        Facebook can be a minefield for those who are not well equipped.
  • On the plus side, with Facebook you can look around to see what people are saying.          This may help you to build up a picture of the social landscape around you.
  • Some on the spectrum would need supervision, particularly children.          See what  Parenting website  has to say.            Also, with some  Parents own comments,  opinion is divided.          There is no mention of autism in these comments, so parents need to take account of their own child’s development.

Here is a guide, called  Facebook for Aspies,  containing discussion and tips.          See also:  An Aspie’s experience.

Mark Zuckerberg

As a matter of interest, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook,  is said to have a touch of Asperger’s.         See article

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GAIN logo - thumbnailPlease be aware that we, at GAIN, are not qualified to give advice.              See disclaimer.