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7460 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Oct 2013 at 6:51 AM (42 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-10-03 08:50:41 AM
9 votes:
If it wasn't for facebook, I'd only hear about my distant friends and family once every couple years, usually when someone dies. It keeps me connected and for that I am thankful. I really don't get all the hate for it, most people just complain that it causes too much drama. They never seem to realize that their friends are the problem, not the medium of communication. They also apparently don't realize you can unfriend and block people. Or, even more likely, they just like to disparage popular things to appear "edgy" and "hip" or whatever the masses call it now.
2013-10-03 08:34:02 AM
2 votes:
I've never joined Facebook, a "social network". Instead I joined Fark, an antisocial network.
2013-10-03 08:23:20 AM
2 votes:

Danger Avoid Death: balki1867: I disabled my account just over 5 weeks ago and it's messed up because there is a certain level of withdrawal that happens with that.  For a week or two, I'd type 'facebook.com' into my browser and just go the homepage without even thinking about it, but since I wasn't logged in, I didnt get to the newsfeed and then I'd purposely made it slightly difficult for myself to login.  I changed my password to a random string of characters and forgot it, so now I'd have to go through the whole 'forgot password', etc deal.  It wouldn't be impossible for me to log back in, but it'd require a couple of steps.

It sucked for a couple of days because people are just so used to communicating via facebook now.  I've noticed, though, in the last week or two, that more of my friends are actually connecting with me via actual normal means like email and text, and their email and texts usually start with, "why arent you on Facebook anymore?"

What's really odd for me is that I created an account almost immediately after the website went up (summer 2004) and barely used it until I was on a 3-week long work trip and bored out of my mind in my hotel room one night in 2008 and decided to check this website out.  Until then, I'd just log in to confirm friend requests.

Dude, this isn't a Facebook-aholics Anonymous meeting, but thanks for sharing anyway.


In their defense, they need an outlet to express themselves now that they're not on Facebook anymore.
2013-10-03 08:07:30 AM
2 votes:

jso2897: I've never considered Facebook. I am not an exibitionist, and, indeed, was raised and educated to believe that exibitionism is a personality disorder - so I avoid people who have it.


Why did you feel the need to tell us about this?
2013-10-03 07:59:58 AM
2 votes:
I've never considered Facebook. I am not an exibitionist, and, indeed, was raised and educated to believe that exibitionism is a personality disorder - so I avoid people who have it.
2013-10-03 10:31:41 AM
1 votes:
Facebook is a pure example of ordinary people wanting to be celebrities and has become the champion of narcissism.  Facebook's only known practical application is the ability to stalk old girlfreinds, LOL.

Plus, the "cool" factor went away about the same time teenager's parents got on facebook trying to act like teens themselves.

Also, those of you putting nake cat pictures on face book are guilty of kitty porn and should be ashamed of yourselves.
2013-10-03 10:31:03 AM
1 votes:
I'll just leave these here:

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2013-10-03 09:31:12 AM
1 votes:

Cold_Sassy: thecpt: dustygrimp: Egoy3k: Most of what I see on Facebook is photos of kids.  I have no idea why people gush over photos of kids.

... when they should be gushing over meeeeee!

/Seriously, you don't get why people might be proud of their kids? Are you a sociopath?

It's borderline creepy to post pics of 4 year olds sleeping every week.

And, exposing images of your children and who they are to complete strangers.


Why would you have complete strangers on your friends list?
2013-10-03 09:27:07 AM
1 votes:

thecpt: dustygrimp: Egoy3k: Most of what I see on Facebook is photos of kids.  I have no idea why people gush over photos of kids.

... when they should be gushing over meeeeee!

/Seriously, you don't get why people might be proud of their kids? Are you a sociopath?

It's borderline creepy to post pics of 4 year olds sleeping every week.


And, exposing images of your children and who they are to complete strangers.
2013-10-03 09:22:48 AM
1 votes:

Mellotiger: I really don't get all the hate for it


Well, apart from the reasons you go on to mention there's also this - some of us don't really like people and don't want to be part of a 'community'.
Not trying to be a smart-ass or cool, just is what it is. I tried having an account and couldn't keep it, too many people creating noise, which is not how my real-life is. I like that it exists as it provides a distraction that keeps a lot of people happy, but it's not for me and I'm fortunate that it doesn't matter either way if I do or don't play along.
2013-10-03 09:21:34 AM
1 votes:

Egoy3k: Most of what I see on Facebook is photos of kids.  I have no idea why people gush over photos of kids.


... when they should be gushing over meeeeee!

/Seriously, you don't get why people might be proud of their kids? Are you a sociopath?
2013-10-03 09:09:04 AM
1 votes:

Mellotiger: If it wasn't for facebook, I'd only hear about my distant friends and family once every couple years, usually when someone dies. It keeps me connected and for that I am thankful. I really don't get all the hate for it, most people just complain that it causes too much drama. They never seem to realize that their friends are the problem, not the medium of communication. They also apparently don't realize you can unfriend and block people. Or, even more likely, they just like to disparage popular things to appear "edgy" and "hip" or whatever the masses call it now.


I agree completely. I love it. I'm back in touch with a cousin I haven't really known since we were 12. Our distance is mainly geographical. We have many things in common, in addition to filling in family information gaps. He and his husband came to visit recently. We talk often on Facebook. I also get to chat with other relatives from that side, in the South, without having to have awkward telephone conversations.

Not to mention the many good friends I'm able to get in touch/stay in touch with, in my geographic isolation thousands of miles from the mainland U.S. I can't just go visit people or take a road trip, so Facebook gives me a way of staying in touch with them. And I've made friends (or at least acquaintances, and met them IRL) through my other friends and relatives.

I'm in a band, and involved in the music community here. Facebook is an easy way of finding out who's playing where tonight, tomorrow, next week. I "network" (sorry) with other drummers about drumming stuff. It's informative and fun. I was talking online with a guy from Brazil the other day. Learned about some interesting techniques and music I wasn't familiar with.

Use Facebook if you want to. Don't use it if you don't. It's not a proving ground.
2013-10-03 08:49:02 AM
1 votes:
Needless to say we're at derpcon 3 on fb due to the shutdown. What can I say, the idiocy is a weird form of entertainment for me. A real life the soup
2013-10-03 08:48:58 AM
1 votes:

BATMANATEE: If you're my REAL friend, you'll share this bullshiat about ANGELS saving PUPPIES from OBAMACARE.


Yep got this one today, from a dear friend of mine that lost her mother recently.  I love her but what is she opening herself up to? A bunch of friends that dont hit like or share, which will upset her more?

scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net

/I'm not sharing it
2013-10-03 08:42:14 AM
1 votes:

balki1867: I disabled my account just over 5 weeks ago and it's messed up because there is a certain level of withdrawal that happens with that.  For a week or two, I'd type 'facebook.com' into my browser and just go the homepage without even thinking about it, but since I wasn't logged in, I didnt get to the newsfeed and then I'd purposely made it slightly difficult for myself to login.  I changed my password to a random string of characters and forgot it, so now I'd have to go through the whole 'forgot password', etc deal.  It wouldn't be impossible for me to log back in, but it'd require a couple of steps.

It sucked for a couple of days because people are just so used to communicating via facebook now.  I've noticed, though, in the last week or two, that more of my friends are actually connecting with me via actual normal means like email and text, and their email and texts usually start with, "why arent you on Facebook anymore?"

What's really odd for me is that I created an account almost immediately after the website went up (summer 2004) and barely used it until I was on a 3-week long work trip and bored out of my mind in my hotel room one night in 2008 and decided to check this website out.  Until then, I'd just log in to confirm friend requests.


If you were as boring and long-winded on Facebook as you were in that post, I'm sure most of your FB "friends" were relieved when you left.

I'm sorry. That was mean.
2013-10-03 08:34:33 AM
1 votes:
Depends on how you use it, obviously.

When we moved here, we joined a couple of community groups for the area. People in those groups post some pretty good information that we would not have learned otherwise.

And cat pictures.
2013-10-03 08:27:01 AM
1 votes:

Cybernetic: I'm not on Facebook, and I'm probably also a cliche.


I'm sure not being on Facebook in itself is a cliché.

Having given up Facebook and crowing about it is definitely a cliché.
2013-10-03 08:08:47 AM
1 votes:

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: jso2897: I've never considered Facebook. I am not an exibitionist, and, indeed, was raised and educated to believe that exibitionism is a personality disorder - so I avoid people who have it.

Why did you feel the need to tell us about this?


Because they wanted to point  out the millions of people who presume that their life is so exceptional and interesting that it would appeal to the masses, which is stupid.  Nobody cares.
2013-10-03 08:08:44 AM
1 votes:

jso2897: I've never considered Facebook. I am not an exibitionist, and, indeed, was raised and educated to believe that exibitionism is a personality disorder - so I avoid people who have it.


Thank you for sharing this deep thought of yours. On its merits, clearly something which could not be kept within a single moment longer.

/douche-tastic hypocrite thine art...
2013-10-03 08:01:40 AM
1 votes:
I hope someone talks about this on TV so I can tell people I haven't seen that segment, because I don't own a TV.
2013-10-03 07:37:23 AM
1 votes:
I have a facebook account and sometimes post information I think my friends might like/enjoy.

I also like seeing what some of my friends (with more active lives than mine) are up to.

I don't get all the hate.

Oh, and yes, there are a bunch of people that use it to preach or share endless "if you love XYZ, I dare you to repost this" images.  And I just delete them and realize they're not the people they used to be when we knew each other in the past.
2013-10-03 07:34:46 AM
1 votes:
Everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques. The guys that are on the basketball team stick together, the Catholics stick together, the goddam intellectuals stick together, the guys that play bridge stick together. Even the guys that belong to the goddam Book-of-the-Month club stick together.
You never saw so many phonies in all your life, everybody smoking their ears off and talking about the play so that everybody could hear and know how sharp they were.
2013-10-03 07:15:52 AM
1 votes:
Couldn't this mean that most girls like talking about chocolate, relationships, and shopping while boys like not talking about relationships but rather cars, video games, and all things relating to f'ing? I'm not sure where posturing needs to enter into it?
2013-10-03 07:07:10 AM
1 votes:
Could the results mean that irrespective of gender, stalkerbook users are shallow Moran's?
2013-10-03 04:22:38 AM
1 votes:

Yes this is dog: I don't trust any website that censors "the F-word."


Farkin' A.
2013-10-03 02:26:35 AM
1 votes:
I don't trust any website that censors "the F-word."
2013-10-03 12:32:36 AM
1 votes:

BATMANATEE: If you're my REAL friend, you'll share this bullshiat about ANGELS saving PUPPIES from OBAMACARE.


And if you don't something BAD will happen to you.

I love that Facebook has propagated the modern version of chain letters.
2013-10-03 12:06:00 AM
1 votes:
i566.photobucket.com
2013-10-02 11:58:58 PM
1 votes:
If you're my REAL friend, you'll share this bullshiat about ANGELS saving PUPPIES from OBAMACARE.
 
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