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riolee2
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This question has been on my mind today. I just wanted to see what people think.

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Terry_Logic
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It makes everyone feel like they're part of something, and that they have a real social life even when it's obvious that they don't. I'll admit that it does make it easier for people like relatives and faraway friends to find you, but too many people just use it to prattle on about their uneventful lives and that's why it's so difficult for me to take it seriously.

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I like instagram... It shows me a little about my friend's lives I didn't know... And other programs just help to talk to someone you wouldn't normally be able to.

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I recently deleted my both my Facebook and Twitter, and I can't help but ask why I didn't do it sooner. Typical conversation goes as such:

"Hey Mav, why'd you delete your Facebook and Twitter?"

"Well I just got tired of using it, etc. I guess you'll actually have to talk to me know."

*conversation ensues because somehow I now have no knowledge of anything that goes on anymore*

But to answer the OP, people like to compensate. I had friends on FB that had 3000 *other* "friends". You can't possibly know that many people in reality, so what else could it be? People try to make up for their own insecurity about themselves by trying to appear popular. Its the same concept as why middle-aged men wear leather jackets and drive sports cars.

nichodemus
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To connect with people duh. The idea that the majority of SN users have no friends in real life is a sad misconception. It simply is a new way of communicating. Did people complain when the telegram was invented as well? Probably. Same story.

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I don't like any of it. All I have or use is pretty much facebook and that's about 1 to 3 times a week. I usually only use it to talk with friends from the US or other countries since I've moved internationally several times already. Most of my friends I have added are probably from my highschool, and I do know them all personally just most of them I don't actually consider friend friends.

I have about 10 close friends that I keep in contact with weekly. I don't like losing contact with cool people who i actually like xD.

The rest is stupidity to me. I have family that spends 24/7 on facebook and Twitter and it annoys me to see them waste so much time on it.

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Well, the way I use it is to communicate with people outside of the country. Calling or texting them costs too much. I also talk with a bunch of my friends from my old school that is about half way across the country. While I'm at it I figure that I might as well add my current friends. I don't really see a problem with it.
The problem comes when people get addicted. Like freaky addicted. There is this one girl who thinks she is so cool because she posts so much crap on Facebook. And on any picture you have all those "fake" complements. Its nt like its imporant stuff either, its just pointless and stupid things like "eating now Omg" It's annoying and I don't see the point of spending more than an hour a week on Facebook.

But back on topic, it's popular because people like to talk with other people. I'm sure you've heard the saying the world is getting smaller. This is it. People use it because other people use it because other people use it. Now businesses use it. That's why its popular I guess

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What pick said. I have a FB but I only use it to talk to people. I do not like ever post or anything.

xeano321
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I don't have FB, Twitter, Instagram, Plus, ETC...

Personally, I find them to take too much time to maintain. I don't like the idea of sitting around for 2 hours a day talking about nothing but a bunch of junk on Facebook.

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I'll put it frankly. If I had friends, I would spend time with them in the real world and not on some ridiculous shut-in site for people to brag about how "important" their ridiculously mundane lives are.

But speaking of friends, I was looking for old quotes from Floyd for a certain upcoming project, and I found his opinion of Facebook people on an old thread from way back when.

if their life sucks so much, they can go take some pills or cut themself or something, but they shouldnt tell us about their stupid life problems. do they honestly think we want to hear about them?


Carry on.
GhostOfMatrix
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Nobody here seems to realise that forums and social networking sites such as Facebook aren't all that different.

xeano321
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Nobody here seems to realise that forums and social networking sites such as Facebook aren't all that different.


There is a HUGE difference between AG and Facebook. Allow me to explain... Meh, never mind. If you don't see it, don't blame me.
GhostOfMatrix
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Are you referring to the posts you consider useless? Don't add people like that then. That also happens here, just to a lesser degree.

They're both ways of socializing with others with a ton of similarities.

nichodemus
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I'll put it frankly. If I had friends, I would spend time with them in the real world and not on some ridiculous shut-in site for people to brag about how "important" their ridiculously mundane lives are.


Er, how about no? It's not like I can spend all my time outside with every single friend; I spend my time with a core cadre of boon companions, and use FB/Twitter to stay in touch with the rest, and occasionally meet with them.
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but too many people just use it to prattle on about their uneventful lives


I know right. I only use it to prattle on about my eventful life.

On a slightly more serious note, some zeitgeist watchers have cottoned onto the fact that the immediacy and accessibility of social media is a double-edged sword: while it allows some people to live their lives vicariously, it causes others untold angst that they are not doing everything their friends are doing all at once. This is known as Fear Of Missing Out syndrome (FOMO).

FOMO-associated behaviours that really grind my gears on Facebook (therefore I do not indulge in it myself unless I get so pissed off I decide I'll give everybody a taste of their own medicine and rub it in their faces and subsequently feel like a giant ******bag):

1) Any photo taken with Instagram
2) Food porn (photos of food taken at a fancy/upmarket cafe/restaurant), which Melbournites are particularly notorious for
3) Relationship statuses and status updates about being in a relationship, except the "it's complicated" ones, because those are always amusing
4) Selfies. Well, the occasional selfy is absolutely fine. But I know people who take selfies on a daily basis, so they no longer feature on my news feed. These same people are the ones who use the exact same face on every selfy, so really, what's the point? You want me to monitor how you age with each passing day or what? I didn't think so.
5) Chain letters, especially those fail status updates about how to &quotrotect your property" on Facebook. Isn't it bad enough to pass it on through email? Enough said.
6) People who "like" all those really low-brow, racist gag interest groups and their poor taste jokes. I swear some people would jump at the chance to join the Hitler Youth if it were named something different.

After this you might ask why I use it. Well, it's by far the most efficient way to organise social events with my colleagues. That condition alone is sufficient.
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This is known as Fear Of Missing Out syndrome (FOMO).

FOMO-associated behaviours that really grind my gears on Facebook (therefore I do not indulge in it myself unless I get so pissed off I decide I'll give everybody a taste of their own medicine and rub it in their faces and subsequently feel like a giant ******bag):


Extended version of peer pressure in the modern age lor.
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