Facebook Messenger App: To Use or Not to Use?


By now, you have either heard or learned first-hand — when you went to use Facebook Messenger on your mobile device and were informed you either downloaded the new Facebook Messenger App or you learn to wait until you get to your computer for your messages —  yep, Facebook has evolved again – this time in how you can send and receive messages.


There has been a lot of concern over privacy with the use of this app, primarily you’ll see as you watch and read the news stories I share below, those issues are primarily with the Android version.   In recent days, more positive reviews and information are coming forward – putting some of users’ worries to rest.

Personally, I started using the Android version of the app back when it was in Beta.  I have not experienced anything to give me concern, and actually find the app faster and more reliable.  Though it does take some time to get use to the pop up face bubbles!

In the end, however, everyone needs to make their own decisions based on what you are comfortable with.

4 News Stories to Help You Determine How to Proceed with the Change:

  • Newsy Tech: Why Facebook Wants You to Download Its App Messenger
  • C/net:  Facebook Messenger Raises Red Flags
  • Infographic: Adoption of Facebook Messenger Growing Worldwide
  • NY Post: 5 Myths about Facebook Messenger

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Copyright 2014  Allison  Gingras


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Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.


  1. It’s good to know that this isn’t the red-flag app it was rumored to be. However, I’m a lazy app user. I don’t want to use 2 things when one can do the job. I just use Facebook in my phone or tablet’s browser instead of using its app.

    • Allison Gingras on

      Maybe I am too trusting, but I just go with my gut. I love this app, I love that the face pops up on my screen and I don’t miss messages. I have never felt violated or worried of my security. But again, I am super trusting — or maybe it is just lazy

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