Once again Kristen Lamb nailed it. Everything she wrote resonates with me. I do agree we are seeing this movement (virtual reality games as social events) in its infancy and there are still many wrinkles to be ironed out. I belong to a group of Little Free Library Stewards. We build and maintain those little book boxes that are popping up like mushrooms around the country. https://littlefreelibrary.org (Another way for people to get outside and meet) Many of the LFL Stewards are experimenting with listing their book boxes as Poke Stops or gyms. Their success has been interesting. Teenagers are flocking to the LFLs at all hours. These are mainly set up at the edge of the stewards property and while numbers of visitors are increasing so is damage to lawns, flowers etc. It is a great social experiment.:-) As far as nastiness on Facebook, I am seeing the same thing. I find I am limiting my time on FB because I can only take so much negativity. I’m a writer and it is a conundrum because every meeting we have with publishers, editors etc. we are asked for our Facebook numbers, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Anyway, thanks to Kristen for a well thought-out post!
There is a new trend that is piquing my interest and I think it is going to make a revolutionary change in social media that might even have the power to topple the mighty Facebook.