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(Some Guy)   According to a new poll, about 30 percent of Americans haven't seen a single one of their Facebook friends in the past two months   (listwns.com) divider line 85
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1894 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Dec 2013 at 10:41 AM (46 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-01 08:09:31 AM  
Sounds like technology is bridging the gap when it comes to keeping up with friends in a busy world.
 
2013-12-01 08:18:17 AM  
Uhm - that's why I use FB - to keep up with friends who are thousands of miles away.  Why do I need to have somebody on FB who I see everyday?
 
2013-12-01 09:26:04 AM  
Pretty much the only way that would be true would be if 30% of Americans who use Facebook haven't seen *anyone* in the past two months.  Most people have at least 1 family member, 1 co-worker, and 1 regularly seen friend as a Facebook friend.  I'm calling BS on this
 
2013-12-01 09:31:22 AM  
Considering I use Facebook to keep up with distant relatives, and old friends from high school and college who have scattered to the wind, I don't find this surprising in the least.
 
2013-12-01 09:39:18 AM  
Hey hey hey. This is clearly supposed to be a diss Facebook thread people. Get on board.
 
2013-12-01 09:41:15 AM  

TheOnion: Pretty much the only way that would be true would be if 30% of Americans who use Facebook haven't seen *anyone* in the past two months.  Most people have at least 1 family member, 1 co-worker, and 1 regularly seen friend as a Facebook friend.  I'm calling BS on this


Given many in my family is on FB and I just saw most of them, yeah, BS.

/wife is also on FB. See her every day.
 
2013-12-01 09:47:45 AM  

enry: TheOnion: Pretty much the only way that would be true would be if 30% of Americans who use Facebook haven't seen *anyone* in the past two months.  Most people have at least 1 family member, 1 co-worker, and 1 regularly seen friend as a Facebook friend.  I'm calling BS on this

Given many in my family is on FB and I just saw most of them, yeah, BS.

/wife is also on FB. See her every day.


this is what I was thinking too. seems like most people minimally have their so on there. toss in family, coworkers, and friends and I'd think this is near 0% unless you are just a hard core hermit
 
2013-12-01 09:49:22 AM  
Facebook is how I usually arrange to do things with people.
 
2013-12-01 09:53:21 AM  
i wonder how they asked the question. 'have you seen a facebook friend' probably gets a lot of nos that aren't supporting their conclusion from folks without facebook or people that only consider facebook friends non real folks that they commonly see
 
2013-12-01 10:06:33 AM  

NickelP: i wonder how they asked the question. 'have you seen a facebook friend' probably gets a lot of nos that aren't supporting their conclusion from folks without facebook or people that only consider facebook friends non real folks that they commonly see



This.  A few months ago a Facebook friend sat right next to me where I was getting an oil change for my car, and if they hadn't said her name, I wouldn't have even realized who it was.  She didn't recognize me either.

It'd probably go that way for a few dozen "Facebook Friends" at least.
 
2013-12-01 10:21:43 AM  
Um, yeah. The only reason I'm on Facebook is to keep in contact with the people I can't see regularly.
 
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2013-12-01 10:28:57 AM  
What's a Face Book?  And why are friends a part of a book?

Is anything like having breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends or a drink or going shopping or to the movies?  Because that's the stuff my friends and I do.
 
2013-12-01 10:44:48 AM  

TheOnion: Pretty much the only way that would be true would be if 30% of Americans who use Facebook haven't seen *anyone* in the past two months.  Most people have at least 1 family member, 1 co-worker, and 1 regularly seen friend as a Facebook friend.  I'm calling BS on this


I have one friend who only uses facebook to keep in touch with friends she's made overseas.  She refuses to befriend any Americans.  So this applies to her.

Therefore, it can be extrapolated to 30% of Americans.

/you can't argue with therefore.
 
2013-12-01 10:45:28 AM  
30% of MySpace users are a single Nigerian scammer.
 
2013-12-01 10:48:17 AM  
I thought we write letters to our friends?
 
2013-12-01 10:49:40 AM  

ultraholland: 30% of MySpace users are a single Nigerian scammer.


The other 70% are child predators.
 
2013-12-01 10:50:27 AM  
90% of my Facebook friends are people I met on Fark.  Why would I want to meet THEM in person?!!
 
2013-12-01 10:50:28 AM  
I ended up closing my FB account because the people I knew from high school turned into republicans and I couldn't stand the ranting after the 2012 election. Now I just email those people when I want to talk to them. It's easier.
 
2013-12-01 10:52:35 AM  

Tom_Slick: Considering I use Facebook to keep up with distant relatives, and old friends from high school and college who have scattered to the wind, I don't find this surprising in the least.


I have reconnected with several friends I lost touch with. That, and the recipes, are why I am on Facebook. My local friends and I keep in touch the real way: actually seeing each other and by phone (talking, not texting).
 
2013-12-01 10:53:25 AM  
is facebook some sort of new twitter or google+ ? where do I put the tapes?
 
2013-12-01 10:53:34 AM  
I have Electrosomic Synaesthesia, a condition where I sense electronic inputs incorrectly, and Facebook is a huge no-go area for me.
It just smells bad, like 3000 yawning bank managers, the whole infinite stench, you know?
 
2013-12-01 10:54:02 AM  
It's a useful communication platform. In many instances, I find it works better than e-mail or telephone.
 
2013-12-01 10:54:26 AM  
So a low percentage of people haven't seen the old gang from high school in a few months?  SHOCKING NEWS.
 
2013-12-01 10:57:32 AM  
What?!?  You people are still using an outmoded social media site just because it works well and virtually everyone has a presence on it?  Why haven't you moved on to some stupid-ass site that no one has heard of yet so we can all be impressed with how cool you are?

Posers.
 
2013-12-01 10:57:46 AM  
I see both my Facebook friends daily. And I see them a lot more than I get on Facebook.

But this is some pretty hard hitting journalism here. How often do people see their Friends List from Xbox or PS? Do people keep in contact with everyone on their Contact List? Find out tonight at 11.
 
2013-12-01 10:59:45 AM  
I don't have friends and I don't have facebook.

/ Well, I do have some friends.
 
2013-12-01 11:05:33 AM  
You have to accept the good and the bad of Facebook. Yes, you have to deal with countless baby pictures and idiot rants. On the other hand, it's an easy way to keep up with people you don't see very often or to find people from your past.

A friend and I lost touch and didn't talk for like 15 years. I randomly searched her and we reconnected via FB. She went to my wedding a few years ago, wife and I are visiting her in London next year. How does this happen without Facebook?
 
2013-12-01 11:05:53 AM  
It helps me keep track of my family's shenanagans  since I live 500 miles away .
 
2013-12-01 11:07:04 AM  

NickelP: enry: TheOnion: Pretty much the only way that would be true would be if 30% of Americans who use Facebook haven't seen *anyone* in the past two months.  Most people have at least 1 family member, 1 co-worker, and 1 regularly seen friend as a Facebook friend.  I'm calling BS on this

Given many in my family is on FB and I just saw most of them, yeah, BS.

/wife is also on FB. See her every day.

this is what I was thinking too. seems like most people minimally have their so on there. toss in family, coworkers, and friends and I'd think this is near 0% unless you are just a hard core hermit


Hermit challenge accepted.
 
2013-12-01 11:08:52 AM  
I see a lot of mine all the time as most are family. The ones I don't are old friends that found me after many years and either live in different states now or I just don't want to see them. But I don't have 1000 friends of which I actually only know 990 like a lot of people.
 
2013-12-01 11:09:35 AM  

abhorrent1: I see a lot of mine all the time as most are family. The ones I don't are old friends that found me after many years and either live in different states now or I just don't want to see them. But I don't have 1000 friends of which I actually don't know 990 like a lot of people.


ftfm
 
2013-12-01 11:09:44 AM  

edmo: Hey hey hey. This is clearly supposed to be a diss Facebook thread people. Get on board.


Ok I will be the hipster that says he doesn't have FB page cause he's too cool for it.

/actually doesn't have one it got deleted.
//was to lazy to do anything with it.
 
2013-12-01 11:11:50 AM  
bearcats1983: How does this happen without Facebook?

The downside is that Facebook really takes the romance out of stalking.
 
2013-12-01 11:13:03 AM  
I only use fb to post pictures of my junk.


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2013-12-01 11:13:25 AM  

RottenEggs: It helps me keep track of my family's shenanagans  since I live 500 miles away .


agreed, most of my family is in canada, hungary or philippines. Facebook is a great way for me to catch up on what idiotcy my family is up too. Few minutes on facebook chat and I know everything my uncles and aunts have done - who has passed away and who gave birth.

What more needs to be said? nothing!
 
2013-12-01 11:14:52 AM  
Call me a stuff shirt, but I rely on LinkedIn for all of my close relationships and sharing pictures of cats.
 
2013-12-01 11:16:10 AM  
No surprise there.  Let's face it.  The online world is not real life.  Why would you go see folks you don't really know?  What surprises me is the 70% who have seen an online friend in the last two months.
 
2013-12-01 11:16:43 AM  
yeah sure right. like basement dwelling Farkers have friends. get the hell out of here.
 
2013-12-01 11:17:23 AM  
I made a policy from the start was to only "friend" people I actually know and have been friends at some point in time.
I've seen 12 of my FB friends in person in the last 2 weeks.  I'm about to see another 3 today, and I'll be baking with a different 4.

Never understood the collecting of "friends".
 
2013-12-01 11:17:32 AM  
What is this Facebook thing that you speak of and why should I care?
 
2013-12-01 11:19:46 AM  
Well there are plenty of people I have friended I see more often than that but they are mostly family, co workers, and actual friends(as opposed to fb friends) most of my FB friends I havent seen since hs, or a previous job, or they moved, etc.
 
2013-12-01 11:19:57 AM  

99.998er: Call me a stuff shirt, but


Kind of a strange fetish you have there, but, ok: You are a stuff shirtbutt

//I don't get it
 
2013-12-01 11:20:51 AM  

Ima4nic8or: No surprise there.  Let's face it.  The online world is not real life.  Why would you go see folks you don't really know?  What surprises me is the 70% who have seen an online friend in the last two months.


Well, most people are "friends" with their significant other on facebook.  And probably have at least one co-worker that they are "friends" with.  And at least one person who they know from a hobby or church or other outside of work thing.

I certainly don't see the majority of my facebook "friends" on a regular basis.  But I'm surprised at people saying they haven't seen any of them.
 
2013-12-01 11:23:09 AM  
Cue the "I don't/wouldn't ever use Facebook because [reasons]" crowd in 3...2...1...

\They'd be here already but they were out having a lot of fun last night and slept in
\\They're going to make sure you know they were out having a lot of fun last night and slept in and that's why they don't have time for Facebook
\\\Too bad there wasn't another social site other than Fark where they could share that they were out having a lot of fun last night and slept in
\\\\FOUR SLASHIES!
 
2013-12-01 11:36:30 AM  

Massagonist: Cue the "I don't/wouldn't ever use Facebook because [reasons]" crowd in 3...2...1...

\They'd be here already but they were out having a lot of fun last night and slept in
\\They're going to make sure you know they were out having a lot of fun last night and slept in and that's why they don't have time for Facebook
\\\Too bad there wasn't another social site other than Fark where they could share that they were out having a lot of fun last night and slept in
\\\\FOUR SLASHIES!


That'd be me.

I don't use Facebook because the people I want to talk to I already do.
I could care less what someone I went to high school with 25 years ago had for breakfast, photos of the last fish they caught or how often their new grandkid poops.
 
2013-12-01 11:40:35 AM  

Barbecue Bob: I could care less what someone I went to high school with 25 years ago had for breakfast, photos of the last fish they caught or how often their new grandkid poops.


It's the tone when people that say that that I don't get.  Why so "angry" about it.

I, on the other hand, sometimes enjoy seeing the food pictures when it's a recipe I might want to try.
Now I agree pictures of your pancakes at IHoP don't interest me, but when you cook something new, let me see it!
 
2013-12-01 11:41:13 AM  

Massagonist: Cue the "I don't/wouldn't ever use Facebook because [reasons]" crowd in 3...2...1...


Cue the "Let's make fun of people who don't use Facebook so that we can feel better about being lead around by a leash on our nose rings" crowd in 3...2...1...

\\\\FOUR SLASHIES!

////You're doing it wrong
 
2013-12-01 11:44:59 AM  
"Hey whats up? I'm drunk."

"I'm drunk too."

"cool man, hey let's be drunk together!"

"come on over!"

I know I'm not the only person who has found lovely casual sex thanks to Facebook.
 
2013-12-01 11:46:27 AM  
I'm not buying it.  Yes, I realize that most people will have friends who have moved out of town and online friends they've never met and friends they don't keep in close contact with and such.  But when you tell me that a third of the people have had zero real world contact with *any* of their online friends, I'm very, dubious.  You don't have your spouse/signifigant other set up as a facebook friend?  You don't have your close real world friends set up as face book friends?  None of the people you work with are facebook friends?  None of your family?

I already didn't believe it and then I got to this part of the article:

The poll was conducted for MacTavish's blog -
Through her blog, Mactavish aims to convince more Americans to 'unplug, unwind and meet up more often for old-fashioned, offline interaction'.


 She's paying for the results, and they are giving her the results she wants.  It has nothing to do with reality.
 
2013-12-01 11:46:55 AM  
If you don't count relatives, then it's been longer than that for me.
 
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