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Why is social networking so popular?

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 12:16am

GhostOfMatrix

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Knight

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

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 1:03am

xeano321

xeano321

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Knight

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.

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 1:15am

GhostOfMatrix

GhostOfMatrix

11,687 posts

Knight

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.

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 7:41am

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.

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 8:22am

Strop

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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 "protect 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.

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 9:11am

nichodemus

nichodemus

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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.

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 3:40pm

Terry_Logic

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3,993 posts

2) Food porn (photos of food taken at a fancy/upmarket cafe/restaurant), which Melbournites are particularly notorious for

My GF sends me those all the time, except they aren't from fancy restaurants, they're just random meals she takes pictures of. I have about 12 of her "food porn" pictures in my library in case I need to refer back to any of them. I can't say I understand this craze.

 

Posted Mar 16, '13 at 4:11pm

1337Player

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Many social networks are popular because it's just that. A social network.

People want to connect with each other. Social networking sites makes this extremely easier for everyone as people only have to get on their computer or mobile device and wah-lah, you can talk to anyone online. This attracts a lot of attention of the people who want to be recognized in their social groups and statuses. Through word of mouth and other forms of communication, the appeal of social networking spreads as people sign up and log in to these kinds of sites everyday.

 
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