Marianne, I think it’s about ‘virtual’ friendships replacing 'real’
friendships. But then, I could be wrong.
The only answer I’ve gotten was "It’s a way to reconnect with people
you ‘slept with’; or maybe it was people you didn’t ‘sleep with’ in
high school or college.
“Cui bono” as they used to say. It could be some emotional return or
it could be some slight financial return. In my questioning of people
I haven’t received a satisfying answer.
With some younger people it could be “because everybody else is
doing it”. Although I’ve heard from informants that that is no longer
the case because their parents have joined FB; that’s a signal to