But while Facebook is a great way to share those things with old friends you haven't seen in a long time, it shouldn't be the way your siblings or best friends find out that news.

Could you imagine finding out your brother is engaged thanks to a Facebook relationship update? Or broadcasting to the world you're pregnant before you tell your parents they're going to have a grandchild?

By all means, share your big accomplishment with all of your Facebook friends. Just wait until you've had a chance to call your inner circle and tell them personally before it's broadcast to the wider world.

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No. 1: Putting Facebook above real-life connections

Checking in on Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with old friends. Still, there is one better method to keeping those relationships intact: hanging out in real life.

Sure, it's tough to schedule time to grab lunch with every single friend you have. But when those opportunities do come along, savor them. Spend that time talking and sharing a few moments together. Don't spend it glancing at your phone every few minutes to peruse other people's latest Facebook updates.

Those old friends you keep up with on Facebook are friends for a reason: You enjoyed spending time with them before you went your separate ways and had to depend on Facebook to stay connected.

So when the chance to renew that friendship in person comes along, don't cheapen it by preferring to stay engrossed in your Facebook account the whole time. Those new updates from other people you haven't seen in a long time will still be there to read when you're done with lunch.

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