Facebook takes over our lives, one status update at a time

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It started as a way for college students to socialize online, but after just seven years, Facebook has evolved into so much more. Many Facebook users can't stay off the computer or their phone when it comes to using Facebook.

The social networking giant, Facebook, has become a place where teens, young adults, moms, dads and even grandparents spend countless hours each day. Most use it to stay in touch with friends, browse photos or read news stories, but others are using it to plan reunions and even launch their careers.

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"I often use Facebook every single day. Every single day probably five times a day, definitely checking my inbox, checking my newsfeed, checking my events and seeing what's going on," said inspiring comedian Jessia Tyler.

Tyler is one of more than 15,000 fans of the Live 5 News Facebook page. She is using Facebook to try and launch her career.

"I use it to network," Tyler said. "I just started being a comedian in February and I use it to find out about different events to perform at. I usually find out through the events links on Facebook or someone will contact me via Facebook in the inbox to perform at their venue."

Tyler searches event pages on Facebook for potential venues to perform at. Then she contacts the event's creator about performing. She says it's a great and inexpensive way to get her name out there.

"In the beginning, I just used it to contact my classmates I graduated high school with, but now, I use it for that as well, but to promote myself as a comedian," Tyler said.

Facebook doesn't have to be all serious; in fact most of the 600 million people using Facebook use it for something else.

Cathy Twedten is from Nebraska, but moved to Charleston in 2006. Using Facebook, she planned a reunion for all of her friends to keep in touch. It's like she never left home.

"Last year I planned a reunion for all of us living in Council Bluffs and Omaha areas who grew up together since 95 to current. And it all came about," Twedten said.

By setting up an event on Facebook, her friends were able to R.S.V.P. She coordinated most of the reunion, which was held in Charleston, from her Android phone's Facebook app. She says it was a huge success and they are planning another reunion in 2015.

"Everyone just joined together and the reunion went off without a hitch," she said.

Bobby Deas tried to stay off the addicting social media site, but once he joined ...

"I was hooked. I was going on every day to see what my friends we're doing, seeing what's going on in the world and reading news article. It stuck," Deas said.

Now he uses Facebook as a news source, scanning headlines and reading stories, all in one location.

"It's easy to access the information because all on one page," Deas said. "I don't have to jump around from website to website to find out the latest news. I just hop on Facebook and everything is there."

The social network that started with only a few features like poking, posting pictures and adding friends has grown into something most of us can't live without.

All the people featured in this report are fans of the Live 5 News Facebook page. You can also become a fan of our page to comment with other fans, share news tips, stay current on news, weather and more. Click here and like our page.

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