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(Salon)   Taking a break from social networking websites doesn't work. If anything, it makes everything worse, given you can't see who is asking about your whereabouts and posting LOLCATS on your page   (salon.com) divider line 64
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2012-08-07 03:56:27 PM
The claim is dubious. I have taken a "break" from Facebook since early February, 2004, and I have not been to the website since that time.
 
2012-08-07 03:56:50 PM
I doubt they give a shiat.

A lot of social networking is people listening to themselves and pretending they have a platform. If you disappear your true friends won't miss you because they likely already talk to you through other channels.
 
2012-08-07 03:56:52 PM
You mean to tell me that people who use social media websites become addicted?

i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-07 03:57:31 PM
That's why you don't go halfway with deactivation. Actually take the time to find the link to delete your account. It will make you click through a list of your "friends" who will "miss you" and then it leaves you alone. Forever.

Unless you go and log yourself back into the site.
 
2012-08-07 03:57:38 PM

Kuoxasar: I doubt they give a shiat.

A lot of social networking is people listening to themselves and pretending they have a platform. If you disappear your true friends won't miss you because they likely already talk to you through other channels.


X2 - been off Facebook for a few months now, and don't miss it.
 
2012-08-07 03:58:27 PM
t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-08-07 03:58:32 PM
I just set facebook to email me invites/friend requests/messages then I never sign in unless I need to.

/works well
 
2012-08-07 03:58:50 PM
I moved to a conservative rural area from a fairly progressive suburban/urban area and have little in common with most of the people I've met here. So I talk to the people I LIKE online, because they don't live here.

/I know, it's sad
//the things we do for love
 
2012-08-07 04:05:14 PM
You'll get over it.
 
2012-08-07 04:07:09 PM
my wife is on Facebook constantly. I hardly exist on it, commenting now and then. Much like a treat Fark. My wife might burst into flames if she didn't get her daily fix.
 
2012-08-07 04:07:34 PM
Personally, I enjoy quietly judging people who can't tear themselves away from those kinds of sites.

/leave me alone, I'm Farking
 
2012-08-07 04:07:50 PM
Fark is the online forum where I discuss with total strangers how people on Facebook waste their time discussing things with total strangers.
 
2012-08-07 04:09:23 PM

Halfmast Trousers: people on Facebook waste their time discussing things with total strangers.


People on Facebook don't actually communicate with the hundreds of strangers they "friend" though. They add those people so that they can exchange things in those stupid FB games.
 
2012-08-07 04:11:47 PM
What are you doing right now?

Honking-out a log pile on the toilet whilst oversharing on a social network. Thanks for asking.
 
2012-08-07 04:12:10 PM
I gave up facebook 4 or 5 months ago because not having to have a relationship status makes my philandering easier. It sucks though because I've lost touch with a lot of the girls I wanted to nail.
 
2012-08-07 04:12:13 PM
It's been working for me.

Facebook was making me stressed out. It was like a never ending Thanksgiving dinner where drunk Uncle Joe's comments don't disappear into the ether and fog of your memory, but sit there on your Aunt Sally's wall when all you want to do is find out how she is doing with her chemo.

You have to wade through a ton of garbage to get to the one update that might matter to you.

Also, I found out who really honestly cared enough to keep in touch. It was a few friends from college, my mom, and then my local friends that only use Facebook maybe once a month. I won't go back, new Facebook developments bother me even more (pay for post prominence, pages you "Like" impersonating you on your wall, the email debacle, etc.)

Life's been pretty grand since I got Facebook out of my life. Plus, the right wing derp and new age woo that my family and all the so called "friends" posted had me down to only seeing like 3 people in my feed and the rest were advertisements from page "Likes".
 
2012-08-07 04:12:21 PM

alex10294: I just set facebook to email me invites/friend requests/messages then I never sign in unless I need to.

/works well


however, if you're like me, whose facebook site is as personal as it can be and impossible to find, and you haven't logged on for 3 years, then facebook starts sending you emails about what you're missing. sometimes it just sends me an email saying i should log on and talk to my friends.
 
2012-08-07 04:14:29 PM

meat0918: pages you "Like" impersonating you on your wall


Say what?
 
2012-08-07 04:14:50 PM
oh ffs. Facebook is a thing now. Like the internet. Or Like cell phones. Or televisions. Or movies. Or radio. Or any other farking thing that came before it. Can people stop fighting it and pretending they're cool for not liking it already? People curmudged about new things back then and will continue to curmudge about things as long as new things are being made. (did I just meta myself out of an argument by biatching about biatching?)
 
2012-08-07 04:15:21 PM
if you invest more than 15 min a day on FB... it is really too much. I log in check the "news" for the day, sometimes post then log out... better things to do.
 
2012-08-07 04:18:05 PM

TheOriginalEd: Wah!


But the important thing here is you don't have to get off your high horse.
 
2012-08-07 04:18:57 PM
About once or twice a week I'll hope on FB to post something like "WOOT Mars Rover!", a few friends will like/comment, perhaps I'll comment on some recent things posted, and then I leave again for a few days until the next time I remember to go back.

Is there really anything more to FB than that?

(Actually, I used to FB daily, so in a sense I'm answering my own question: no, no there isn't anything more to FB.)
 
2012-08-07 04:21:03 PM
Making your way on the web today takes everything you got.
Posting a joke, tagging your friends sure would help a lot.
 
2012-08-07 04:21:48 PM
 
2012-08-07 04:21:52 PM
"Continue Reading.."

nah...
 
2012-08-07 04:22:06 PM

TheOriginalEd: oh ffs. Facebook is a thing now. Like the internet. Or Like cell phones. Or televisions. Or movies. Or radio. Or any other farking thing that came before it. Can people stop fighting it and pretending they're cool for not liking it already? People curmudged about new things back then and will continue to curmudge about things as long as new things are being made. (did I just meta myself out of an argument by biatching about biatching?)


Facebook isn't new technology, idiot. It does nothing whatsoever to improve your everyday life, as the technologies you example do. I'm not "cool" because I don't use FB. I'm just smart and have far better things to do with my free time than fine tune a pathetic attention whoring portal that is a ticket to nowhere.
 
2012-08-07 04:23:33 PM
Remember email?

Yeah, that's how I keep in touch with those friends/family that I want to stay in touch with.
Too much trouble to reply to my personal email to you? Sounds like you don't really want to keep in touch after all.

/Was on FB briefly a few years' back.
//My sister keeps trying to drag me back into the FB sphere.
//Not gonna happen. What a beating.
 
2012-08-07 04:26:33 PM

meat0918: The My Little Pony Killer: meat0918: pages you "Like" impersonating you on your wall

Say what?

Talking about this. "Bott notes that Facebook automatically publishes posts from organizations you've "liked" under your name and puts them at the top of the News feed for friends. That's already sort of strange, even given how sharing is the lifeblood of the social network."


I've never heard of that before, and it sounds exactly as creepy as what I pictured.
 
2012-08-07 04:31:55 PM

TheOriginalEd: oh ffs. Facebook is a thing now. Like the internet. Or Like cell phones. Or televisions. Or movies. Or radio. Or any other farking thing that came before it. Can people stop fighting it and pretending they're cool for not liking it already? People curmudged about new things back then and will continue to curmudge about things as long as new things are being made. (did I just meta myself out of an argument by biatching about biatching?)


There are actually people that don't require being in constant contact with other people even though the opportunity exists. They don't have their cell phone on them 100% of the time and don't have facebook pages (or rarely use them).

I have to quibble about grouping internet/TV/radio with phones and facebook. The first group (at least for me) are primarily used for one way learning/entertainment while the other two are designed and used primarily for two way communication.

And then there's Fark.
 
2012-08-07 04:35:14 PM
I can't do FB, I'm too busy Farking whenever I can.
 
2012-08-07 04:36:10 PM

Halfmast Trousers: Fark is the online forum where I discuss with total strangers how people on Facebook waste their time discussing things with total strangers.


Meant to QFT this.
 
2012-08-07 04:37:02 PM

TXEric: Remember email?

Yeah, that's how I keep in touch with those friends/family that I want to stay in touch with.
Too much trouble to reply to my personal email to you? Sounds like you don't really want to keep in touch after all.

/Was on FB briefly a few years' back.
//My sister keeps trying to drag me back into the FB sphere.
//Not gonna happen. What a beating.


Just wait -- I've tried that line of argument ("Use email to keep up to date" ) but no, that isn't trendy enough. So at least by their own admission they are using FB to fit in, be trendy, and talk to the imaginary audience they believe is listening.
 
2012-08-07 04:37:27 PM
And besides, isn't FB absolutely passe by now?

/The kids say, "Oh, Mom, that's SO early 21st century...."
 
2012-08-07 04:38:39 PM

ManateeGag: my wife is on Facebook constantly. I hardly exist on it, commenting now and then. Much like a treat Fark. My wife might burst into flames if she didn't get her daily fix.


I have news for you: she's already cheating on you.
 
2012-08-07 04:41:43 PM

mama2tnt: And besides, isn't FB absolutely passe by now?

/The kids say, "Oh, Mom, that's SO early 21st century...."


The next big thing hasn't hit yet, but young folk have been grumbling about old folk being on FB for a while now.

Pinterest was gaining steam last I saw, but maybe that's died down? It seemed less useful than FB, and more smug-inducing too.
 
2012-08-07 04:42:39 PM
Deactivating your Facebook account temporarily ranks tops in the AWing playbook. It leads to discussions amongst your FB friends of your whereabouts or your condition. Meanwhile no one takes notice of a non-deactivated account of a FBer as he rots at his desk from a coronary.
 
2012-08-07 05:00:08 PM

JackieRabbit: I'm just smart and have far better things to do with my free time than fine tune a pathetic attention whoring portal that is a ticket to nowhere.


That statement would carry more weight if you weren't currently using your free time to post here.
 
2012-08-07 05:02:50 PM
The only thing worse than gossiping sixteen-year-old girls is a bunch of adults acting like gossiping sixteen-year-old girls. fark facebook.
 
2012-08-07 05:05:55 PM

sharpie_69: TXEric: Remember email?

Yeah, that's how I keep in touch with those friends/family that I want to stay in touch with.
Too much trouble to reply to my personal email to you? Sounds like you don't really want to keep in touch after all.

/Was on FB briefly a few years' back.
//My sister keeps trying to drag me back into the FB sphere.
//Not gonna happen. What a beating.

Just wait -- I've tried that line of argument ("Use email to keep up to date" ) but no, that isn't trendy enough. So at least by their own admission they are using FB to fit in, be trendy, and talk to the imaginary audience they believe is listening.


Well, it's been a few years, and you're right - a few months of biatching at me, but guess what?
Still no FB for me.

She got over it, apparently.
/Fu... errr... Zuckerberg can get by just fine without me contributing.
 
2012-08-07 05:22:13 PM

TheOriginalEd: oh ffs. Facebook is a thing now. Like the internet. Or Like cell phones. Or televisions. Or movies. Or radio. Or any other farking thing that came before it. Can people stop fighting it and pretending they're cool for not liking it already? People curmudged about new things back then and will continue to curmudge about things as long as new things are being made. (did I just meta myself out of an argument by biatching about biatching?)


I hate Facebook. I find it to be the most annoying way to attempt to communicate with people.

I wouldn't biatch about it except where people use it *exclusively* as their only method of communication. They won't email, call, whatever. Its annoying.
 
2012-08-07 05:23:07 PM

TXEric: sharpie_69: TXEric: Remember email?

Yeah, that's how I keep in touch with those friends/family that I want to stay in touch with.
Too much trouble to reply to my personal email to you? Sounds like you don't really want to keep in touch after all.

/Was on FB briefly a few years' back.
//My sister keeps trying to drag me back into the FB sphere.
//Not gonna happen. What a beating.

Just wait -- I've tried that line of argument ("Use email to keep up to date" ) but no, that isn't trendy enough. So at least by their own admission they are using FB to fit in, be trendy, and talk to the imaginary audience they believe is listening.

Well, it's been a few years, and you're right - a few months of biatching at me, but guess what?
Still no FB for me.

She got over it, apparently.
/Fu... errr... Zuckerberg can get by just fine without me contributing.


I'm with ya. I just tell anyone who asks me to "get on FB" to email me the important life updates they need to share.

Funny how that filters what is important vs. crap I'm oversharing.

Those who I care about -- I already talk to an a regular basis. The rest, enjoy The Facebook.
 
2012-08-07 05:24:57 PM

downstairs: TheOriginalEd: oh ffs. Facebook is a thing now. Like the internet. Or Like cell phones. Or televisions. Or movies. Or radio. Or any other farking thing that came before it. Can people stop fighting it and pretending they're cool for not liking it already? People curmudged about new things back then and will continue to curmudge about things as long as new things are being made. (did I just meta myself out of an argument by biatching about biatching?)

I hate Facebook. I find it to be the most annoying way to attempt to communicate with people.

I wouldn't biatch about it except where people use it *exclusively* as their only method of communication. They won't email, call, whatever. Its annoying.


Not sure of your friend/family dynamic (mine is just fine, BTW), but you could try my approach:

"Facebook is not an option. Deal with it."

If they love you, they'll get over it.
 
2012-08-07 05:26:48 PM

sharpie_69: I'm with ya. I just tell anyone who asks me to "get on FB" to email me the important life updates they need to share.

Funny how that filters what is important vs. crap I'm oversharing.

Those who I care about -- I already talk to an a regular basis. The rest, enjoy The Facebook.


Get online now! Raid is starting!
 
2012-08-07 05:28:09 PM

downstairs: I hate Facebook. I find it to be the most annoying way to attempt to communicate with people.


#Iknowaworseone
 
2012-08-07 05:43:21 PM
BRAGBOOK
 
2012-08-07 05:51:17 PM
Well, she worked for FB at the time and its use was essential to her job, so, apples and oranges.
 
2012-08-07 05:55:21 PM
I got on, found all my old friends from school, got their contact info, and deleted my account. I really love SPEAKING to people and actually connecting. Plus, that really funny pic I found is old to SOMEONE, so I don't need to be on there to post it.
 
2012-08-07 06:06:35 PM
I check my FB account religiously once a month.

/whether I need to or not
 
2012-08-07 06:12:33 PM
In before the "I don't even have a FB account" hipsters.

*reads boobies*

Dammit. That was fast.

I like FB, and am active on it. But then, my job is on the web so I'm there all the time anyway.

One thing that bothers me about it is I don't have an archive of all my FB interactions the same way I have an archive of all my personal emails dating back to 1998 or so. There's a lot of family history in those email archives, and I don't think there's any way to get that same kind of archive out of FB. They don't really want you cutting the tether/switching social sites.
 
2012-08-07 06:14:57 PM

someonelse: downstairs: I hate Facebook. I find it to be the most annoying way to attempt to communicate with people.

#Iknowaworseone


Agreed. Never understood the personal usage of twitter. Now, I do think its a great tool for businesses and government and the like. As someone that frequents different restaurants and food trucks... its cool when they post specials, etc. And I can get all that in one place. And if you're active in your local government, its nice to see minutes of certain meetings, etc.

But yeah, if I need to know what's up with my friends... I find them at the bar.
 
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