I kept hearing people comment that they don't want to do Facebook because "it takes up too much time."
My observation is, IF you can stay away from the games, keeping up with Facebook can be done if five, yes FIVE, minutes a day.
A friend requested I tell her how, exactly, and this is what I sent her:
1) Go to Facebook, then to "Home" in upper right.
2) On the left navigation, click "Friends"
3) Click "Status Updates"
Now you will JUST and ONLY what your friends are doing, via status updates! Scroll down as long as you want--it just takes me a minute or so. If I want to comment or "like" it's fast and easy.
Next, at the top next to the "Facebook" logo, just hover and click your cursor on the notification icons; they may have red numbers that tell you how many new friend requests, messages, and updates you've had. You'll see lists of 1) any friends requests you have (and you can confirm then right here); 2) any direct message you have, just click on one to read; and 3) Notifications to glance over.
IF you have more times, you can click on the "news feed" items and you'll see stuff like pictures posted, etc. Which are kind of fun if you have time.
When I use this method I can take 5 minutes and see most of the important stuff. If I have more time, I'll look at the news feed and at pictures.
I used to play a couple games but they sucked time and I quit. But there were fun :)
And if you are new to Facebook, be sure to edit your privacy settings (upper right corner, under "Account").