Are use Facebook groups to keep in touch with friends throughout the world. It is a fabulous tool for that purpose. There is no substitute. I also use an ad blocker when I am on Facebook. I see the posts from my friends, but none of the political crap or advertisements. For me, it is a free communication tool.
Are=I. I hate iPad voice recognition.
Me, too. The only way to stay in close touch with relatives/in-laws/friends in other countries.