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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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2013-12-01 11:49:18 AM
I heard Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook are going to join technologies and create a new uber site. They're calling it YouTwitFace.
 
2013-12-01 11:50:26 AM
i.imgur.com

/oblig
 
2013-12-01 11:54:35 AM

NFA: 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.



Hey, here's another dumbass who thinks he's looking cool by pretending to not know about something most of the world knows about.

Here's a clue, only idiots think that ignorance is cool.
 
2013-12-01 11:55:54 AM

santadog: I made a policy from the start was to only "friend" people I actually know and have been friends at some point in time.


me too. but i count folks from fark with shared interests among my friends. i've spent more virtual time recently with them than some guy from high school. OTOH my friends count is <50 and i only see two of them with any regularity.

i'm known for being asocial :)
 
2013-12-01 11:57:04 AM
'If most of us have not actually met lately with 90 per cent or more of our Facebook friends, does that mean that Facebook friends are sort of like dog years? In other words, does one offline friend equal at least 10 online ones?' lifestyle guru Susan MacTavish asked.

Unable to find the link to the actual poll through this article or Daily Mail, one of which is the reprint of the other, and not feeling as though I want to give a lifestyle guru blog much traffic to search around awful design, but from this quote appears she does mean Facebook specific friends as opposed to friends who also have Facebook accounts. Which makes perfect sense for about any user of Facebook. For myself, I tend to friend only folks I know in real life, with a couple associated people interacted with one time or another and could interact with again. For others, Facebook friends are amassed quick but no real connections are made, and thus few times is anyone planning events or getting together. Only a few make solid friends with people first met through Facebook.
 
2013-12-01 12:01:43 PM
...And that's the way 30% of us like it.
 
2013-12-01 12:05:23 PM
I'm only Facebook friends with Jesus and he was inside me just the other night.
 
2013-12-01 12:06:21 PM
That's what Facebook is for isn't it? Keeping in touch with old friends and acquaintances who live far away.
 
2013-12-01 12:08:52 PM
Facebook is stupid.
I haven't used it in like 2 years.
Didn't use it when I used it.

/Not trying to be hipster but really, it's stupid
 
2013-12-01 12:09:08 PM
If you wants friends, you have to have money and time. If you have those, then the internet is a bad option because that's what those facebook "friends" are waiting for, signs that you're rich.  Tons of people do this. Fark them all.
 
2013-12-01 12:24:26 PM
What BS - I see my 5.437 friends in real life every day or so...
 
2013-12-01 12:29:33 PM

Fluid: It's a useful communication platform. In many instances, I find it works better than e-mail or telephone.


Yep, that just about nails it.  And like most things, it's not for everybody, so it doesn't make you a badass if you don't have an account.
 
2013-12-01 12:36:42 PM
I have a few that I see almost every day, a bunch that I see every couple months, and some I haven't seen in more than 20 years. There's at least one I've never seen.
 
2013-12-01 12:38:41 PM

CPT Ethanolic: 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?


This! My entire family lives in another country and I have friends all over the globe. Of course I haven't seen my friend in New Zealand in the past two months! Over 2/3 of the people on my friends list don't live in the same city as me.
 
2013-12-01 12:38:41 PM

Begoggle: Facebook is stupid.
I haven't used it in like 2 years.
Didn't use it when I used it.

/Not trying to be hipster but really, it's stupid


Actually, it's whatever you want it to be. Don't like your friends and think they post stupid stuff? Get new ones and ditch them. Find websites you like and "like" them. It is a great way to keep up with some of my favorite journalists and authors.

If you think Facebook is stupid, that's because you don't understand how to use Facebook.
 
2013-12-01 12:45:41 PM
i would find it much more likely that americans have FRIENDED people they haven't seen in the past two months, and those people on average comprise 30% of the user's friend list.
 
2013-12-01 12:46:13 PM

walktoanarcade: If you wants friends, you have to have money and time. If you have those, then the internet is a bad option because that's what those facebook "friends" are waiting for, signs that you're rich.  Tons of people do this. Fark them all.


Money and time, well put. I'm scratching my head to think what else but I'd accept that empathy, or at least attention, also factor quite high.
If you spend time and money on being with someone, then look at them and listen to them while with them, they will possibly like you and be your friend.
Got it.

Vangor: 'If most of us have not actually met lately with 90 per cent or more of our Facebook friends, does that mean that Facebook friends are sort of like dog years? In other words, does one offline friend equal at least 10 online ones?' lifestyle guru Susan MacTavish asked.


It's that but in reverse, for every 10 online friends you create your cosmic supervisor permits you one actual flesh-world friend.
 
2013-12-01 12:49:05 PM
As with a lot of the above, many of my FB friends are family, scattered around the country and even the world.  I have a cousin who is in New Zealand and other family in Colorado, NY, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Carolina.  FB is how I keep up with what's going on and arrange physical get togethers.

I've got academic friends all over the US, in England, South Africa  and so on.  Likewise, because of FB, I've been able to get in touch with high school and college friends I lost track of 30-40 years ago and thru that, getting to meet up again.
 
2013-12-01 01:07:36 PM
I'm a developer, so I have more than one Facebook account. I need to, to test some things. Yes, it's a violation of their terms, but every developer needs to do it.
 
2013-12-01 01:19:28 PM

namegoeshere: Um, yeah. The only reason I'm on Facebook is to keep in contact with the people I can't see regularly.


Yeah, this article is giving the same shocking information as if someone did a poll 30 years ago and found that people who wrote letters hadn't seen the recipients in 2 months.
 
2013-12-01 01:26:19 PM
I probably haven't seen 70% of my fb friends in 5 years... but, then again, I moved to the other side of the country.
 
2013-12-01 01:28:09 PM
Well, I'm in that minority of 70%.
 
2013-12-01 01:31:31 PM
Funny. I just hung out with a girl yesterday who I haven't seen in like six years because I saw on Facebook she lives where I was spending Thanksgiving.
 
2013-12-01 01:32:50 PM

YoOjo: walktoanarcade: If you wants friends, you have to have money and time. If you have those, then the internet is a bad option because that's what those facebook "friends" are waiting for, signs that you're rich.  Tons of people do this. Fark them all.

Money and time, well put. I'm scratching my head to think what else but I'd accept that empathy, or at least attention, also factor quite high.
If you spend time and money on being with someone, then look at them and listen to them while with them, they will possibly like you and be your friend.
Got it.


Thanks. (I think?, hard to tell if snarky)
I thought spelling it all out would be condescending,I mean....yeah..empathy comes easily-so long as that person is giving me reasons.  That's all, I mean we all know that we should be good to each other, but just how..? ;)
 
2013-12-01 01:45:13 PM
Remember when "facebook" was an actual book full of pictures of mostly college freshmen that you could buy when you started out in college that upperclassmen used to check out the new hittable talent at school? Good times.
 
2013-12-01 01:46:00 PM

JuggleGeek: 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?


No.

I use Facebook to socialize online with my family who live 1200 miles away - and 2 or 3 friends who live in other states as well.
 
2013-12-01 01:48:37 PM

walktoanarcade: YoOjo: walktoanarcade: If you wants friends, you have to have money and time. If you have those, then the internet is a bad option because that's what those facebook "friends" are waiting for, signs that you're rich.  Tons of people do this. Fark them all.

Money and time, well put. I'm scratching my head to think what else but I'd accept that empathy, or at least attention, also factor quite high.
If you spend time and money on being with someone, then look at them and listen to them while with them, they will possibly like you and be your friend.
Got it.

Thanks. (I think?, hard to tell if snarky)
I thought spelling it all out would be condescending,I mean....yeah..empathy comes easily-so long as that person is giving me reasons.  That's all, I mean we all know that we should be good to each other, but just how..? ;)


No snark, I communicate in a dry manner sometimes.
 
2013-12-01 01:50:47 PM

YoOjo: walktoanarcade: YoOjo: walktoanarcade: If you wants friends, you have to have money and time. If you have those, then the internet is a bad option because that's what those facebook "friends" are waiting for, signs that you're rich.  Tons of people do this. Fark them all.

Money and time, well put. I'm scratching my head to think what else but I'd accept that empathy, or at least attention, also factor quite high.
If you spend time and money on being with someone, then look at them and listen to them while with them, they will possibly like you and be your friend.
Got it.

Thanks. (I think?, hard to tell if snarky)
I thought spelling it all out would be condescending,I mean....yeah..empathy comes easily-so long as that person is giving me reasons.  That's all, I mean we all know that we should be good to each other, but just how..? ;)

No snark, I communicate in a dry manner sometimes.


Oh cool! That's how I operate. If I'm ever being sarcastic or something, people know. I try to give some kind of clue because with it being online, it's easy to have that sail over my head.
 
2013-12-01 01:54:30 PM
Meh. Almost everyone I have on FB is someone I've hung out with in the last year, or at least shot photos of. If we don't see each other, we probably don't interact online, and it all goes into a holding pattern, otherwise we'll go drinking after joking around online. It can be a way to get to know someone better, or it can be a way to just not lose all contact with someone forever, either way it's not like there's any kind of obligation behind a Facebook connection. Unless you're in high school drama class.

Dirty secret: My own family are the ones I haven't seen in over a year now.

santadog: 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".


They're not really friends, they're all acquaintances, and Facebook now includes a built-in group for putting people there, even changes their icon and everything. Think of it more like subscribing to someone's newsletter than being their best friend forever.

Some people are just naturally awesome, and you want to hear from them regardless of how well you know them. You might even become friends with them.

Personally, without it I'd be up a creek for local events without Facebook. I have to imagine that it's probably one of the biggest things to happen to event promoters in decades, especially since anyone can invite everyone they know someplace. Finding local events doesn't mean hanging out on the corner downtown smoking until you run into the bassist for some band who's opening for someone, you can find everything and entertain yourself more than ever.

It's also the best refutation for everyone who says their city has nothing to do. They just aren't making the slightest effort.
 
2013-12-01 01:59:50 PM

buntz: 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!


You don't want to see the slop I put together. SUET! My ex, though, she made such beautiful plates that it was a shame not to post them.
 
2013-12-01 02:02:31 PM

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


Well math would prove no bs.  If 70% of FB have 1 family member, 1 coworker and 1 regularly seen friend, then that would meet your statement of most and still mean 30% don't see their FB friends in person.
 
2013-12-01 02:03:22 PM

JuggleGeek: 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.


I wonder how many of them had any "friends" at all, or had just signed up a few years ago and never logged in.

Also: "In fact, only 10 per cent admitted to seeing 90 per cent or more of their Facebook friends." As if anyone sees 90% of everyone they know in any given month. The 10% must be those whole only had spouses and coworkers.
 
2013-12-01 02:43:06 PM

Great_Milenko: 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.


I have a profile on Xykpo¥Π÷√4. But it won't become popular until the Twollians destroy Saturn and harvest human slaves to mine ore from Io.
 
2013-12-01 04:11:23 PM
Oooo send me an invite!
 
2013-12-01 04:30:51 PM
This is why I use fetlife instead,
not only do I regularly see most of my hundred plus friends, I regularly see them naked.
 
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