The Facebook craze that gave us Farmville and notes from "friends" about their breakfast and just about everything else may finally be ending. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that a huge group of users, 61 percent, are taking breaks from Facebook up to "several weeks" long, and that virtually all age groups are decreasing their time on the social media site that recently flopped in its initial public offering of publicly traded stock. Most devastating: 38 percent of users aged 18-29, the focus of advertisers on the site, plan to slash their time on Facebook this year.
I have never understood the point of Facebook. It seems the biggest waste of time and has no purpose. I had a page for awhile but deleted it because I got tired of total strangers wanting to ´friend´ me.
Facebook is a good idea that they just couldn´t leave alone. It has become invasive and geared toward gossipy morons who do nothing all day without "updating their status". I don´t use it anymore because I can´t stand having to scroll through "eating a bagel!" to get to anything real that´s going on with friends. Last time I signed in there were cell phone camera photos of someone´s meals. Breakfast lunch and dinner. Can your life be more empty than that?
I would guess 90%+ of the scroll is women, half of them posting stuff like Share This if You Love Your Mother. I only post rare or significant stuff, like when I wash my car. Both rare and significant, that one.
Some people just haven´t learned how to use Facebook effectively and efficiently. You can hide ´friends´ who tell you about eating a bagel; you can hide games.
Local emergency groups get info on tornadoes and other need-to-know situations on Facebook faster than it gets to your local TV. And if the power is out, you can´t get that news from your local TV, but you can get it instantly on your smartphone via Facebook. Need current weather radar? Check Facebook. Need to check in with a relative who lives near a reported explosion? Check Facebook. Want to re-connect with someone you have lost contact with? Facebook. Funeral plans for your former neighbor? Facebook.
#8 is correct. I have my Facebook set up so that I rarely see posts from most of my "friends." But I see everything posted by my geographically scattered family members - including those all important photos of the rapidly growing children.
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Fiesta del sol, 2/17/2013 7:20:30 AM (No. 9181097)
I quit Facebook because it was depressing to see the pictures of my nieces and nephews with their red Solo cups partying and scantily clad. My brother and his wife are hipsters with no kids, and the non stop pictures of the artisanal beer they were drinking plus my Sister in law´s posts "going to pasta class", "getting a massage today...my week has been SOOO stressful" made me dislike them, and I don´t want to dislike them.
Facebook was helpful during a natural disaster my parents were in last year, I was able to get some info, but I actually found Twitter to be even more useful than Facebook.
Isn´t this the company that Obama just gave a billion or so dollar tax break to? He does have a habit of backing losing endeavors, but that´s not the point. The point is that Facebook´s CEO is a huge Obama supporter and Obama is telling the business-owners of America that if you support him, you get free stuff -- the same thing he did with voters.
As for Facebook´s value in our culture, I can find nothing good. It´s a haven for self-absorbed egocentrics who believe that what they have to say is of value.
If Facebook vanished tomorrow, along with Twitter, MyButt.com and the rest, few but narcissists would suffer.
#1, you are never going to be able to delete yourself from Facebook. Once you sign up, you are theirs forever. And I notice that they don´t touch on all the marriages that have been destroyed over the years since Facebook started up.
Facebook is the crockpot of the devil and I personnally will not sign up for it.
It has caused much more harm than good in my experience. Hurtful comments between family members and friends leaving a terrible wake of destruction. It is hard to convey through a posting if it is meant as sarcasm or not.
I signed up twice and deleted my account before using both times. My family members love it though. The position I held last year was eliminated and I do believe that not being on facebook hurt my job search. During the third interview with the company I ended up working for, my soon to be boss came out and asked me why I´m not on FB. Since then I´ve spent some time nurturing my linkedin profile. Hopefully this article means I can continue to skip FB.
Pretty sure I was kicked off twitter during the campaign because I kept asking MSM twitterers why they weren´t covering Benghazi. Hey, they asked on the air for people to send them tweets so I did. I had quite a few followers too. LOL. Dont really miss it though.
Us ´oldsters´ are going to abandon, which is about right after eight/nine years of existence. Of course, Twitter will be the same way in five years. Thanks to the information age, the phrase ´built in obsolecense´ has a new generation of people to ´inform´.
For persons wrapped up in themselves, this is tremendous self promotion, but with employers now checking facebook posts are part of background checks, it is something that should be used sparingly.
If it was a subscription-only service and there was a fee based on time used on the Facebook, few could afford it, and that person´s time spent on it would fall dramatically, thereby causing more productive time at work.
This is such a time waster... as is a lot of the crap on television with self=promoting people of low character and morality...
Facebook is a kind of window on the world for me. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s and am aware of a world that existed that young people now cannot imagine. So I am sometimes disheartened when I see the postings that praise and advocate this issue or the other, but just seeing how so many people, many who are much younger than I, think and interact is instructive to me. I´ve found a couple of old friends and am able to keep up with people through facebook, but a lot of the postings is superficial and annoying. But even assessing the superficial and annoying is instructive. It helps to understand the world around us.
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Bad Dog, 2/17/2013 8:14:11 AM (No. 9181193)
I had no need for FB except that my adult kids post their kids´ photos there. I enjoy reading posts between my daughters - they both have quirky senses of humor, if sometimes a little too ribald for me, their mom - but I never post anything.
I opened two accounts over the years - one for my family and I tried to do that one - yawn. Plus, other family members ´friended´ me, or I them, or something. Anyway, their political posts (all extremely liberal libs) made me almost not want them as relatives any more. From brothers, to distant cousins. I lost a great deal of respect for most of them because of their juvenile, pro-Kerry, then pro-Obama/pro-New Establishment stuff. And of course, they always blamed GWB for everything.
Then I started a second account this past election year. (I´m just as political as my family, just the grown-up way.) But I kept getting ´friend requests´ from those on my original account. I hate the cross-over stuff. I don´t care about what childhood friends of my ex-husband´s second cousin is doing these days. I should close this last one, because sooner or later, the Obamatrons are going to turn me in. I can see it now - I´ll be arrested for dissing the Emperor, thrown into prison, and spend my final years waiting for the needle.
But! I´ll get 3 hots and a cot and medical care until then, eh?!
Good grief everyone, get a grip. If you´ve never been on FB then ignore it. If you are on FB, then block the posts or "friends" who are annoying. It is that simple. I have reconnected with old childhood and college friends which has been a lot of fun. It is a great way to keep up with nieces and nephews and other family members that I don´t get to see often. But the best part is seeing pics of my kids and grand kids. That is all I use it for and I for one know how to use it and enjoy it.
I have my Facebook page set up so I see the posts of my family and my close friends. It is the only way I can stay in touch with the younger members of my family, so I am there.
Through Facebook I have learned a lot more about some of the people I work with and associate with than I would like to know. But now I know that I really don´t need to get close to any of them.
The thing to do to keep the peace is learn how to give people a "restricted" status so they can´t see what you post. Once you have done this, stop them from being in your newsfeed and do not put them in any group. Then, if you need to contact them or want to find out what they are up to, you still can.
It may be that FB is moving in a direction that doesn´t interest those who are leaving.
I like FB. I belong to a couple of special interest groups with members all around the world. Comparing activities, notes, research, etc. is so convenient. One group is a DNA group ... we all share common ancestors thousands of years ago. Another group is focused on our hobby.
I don´t mind the advertising for products I "like." I´ve even won some drawings. It´s easy enough to block unwanted advertisers.
Our apartment managment company even uses FB to update residents. Local restaurants announce specials.
It´s great to keep in touch with family and friends around the country and share pictures - but that´s just a tiny part of FB.
It can be dangerous posting photos due to the technology availabe today anyone can click on the photos and get the exact location of where it was taken; therefore your home. Don´t need fb and don´t have an account for those who want and like it that is their cup of tea.
My brother-in-law has an account with FB. Talk about complete nonsense and self-bloviating, that is the place for it. Most of the stuff on FB is as important as all those stupid cell-phone conversations we have to live with in every public place we go. Sometimes technology is a bite in the butt.
I don´t have a FB account and don´t have a cellphone and I´m alive and well. Must be a miracle.
You facebookers should get out of the house and have a little fun. You could join me in Las Vegas for a few days - or more if you can keep up. For a limited time I am offering free tutoring in gambling, boozing, chasing women and general debauchery. This short, three day course has received rave reviews from the Hollywood set. Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen both gave it rave reviews.
#8 is correct. It can be fun just last night my whole family was connected since my nephew was in a State wrestling tounament and he was in the championship game, being that many of us were scattered across the country, the family that could go cheer him on they kept the rest of us informed . Our nephew knew the whole family was with him. Well he is now State Champ and we of course were celebrating, not in person but thru facebook. It isn´t just about inane things but families apart can connect real time.
I use it to quote scripture, to ask for prayer warriors for my family and friends who are battling cancer or serious illness and for the families of those whose loved ones have died. I use it to see photos of my children and grandchildren which makes me an immediate participant in their daily lives as we live far from them. It is like anything else...you can use it for good or you can use it as a tool for evil. Not unlike the Bible...it is good and meant for good but now is under attack. You had to know that sooner or later the interest will move to something else and therefore the rule is to destroy the former and praise the new. We see a perfect example of that strategy everyday.
Zuckerberg played it brilliantly. When it comes to tech, it is not alwyas immediately apparent whether you just invented the Apple personal computer or a pet rock. A game changer or a useless novelty? So make as much money as you can as quickly as possible, because next year they might not remember your name. The real question is whether Z is just a one hit wonder. I suppose at this point, what does he care, but he is way too young to waste the rest of his life just spending his money. My guess is he´s got nothing else. That was it. On the OTHER other hand, they´re still selling etch-a-sketches.
Wow---lots of passionate posts about something most of you say you´d never use.
I happen to really like Facebook. I have friends and family spread out across the country, and it´s a wonderful way to keep up with their lives. I really like knowing about my nephew´s wrestling tournament, or seeing a picture of my North Carolina friend´s latest quilt. I enjoy reading my far-away sister´s hilarious comments. Group members use Facebook as an efficient way to let others know what´s going on. Businesses use it to spread the word about special sales, etc. There are easy ways to block out the annoying stuff.
I guess I´m in the minority here. But hey--I like Christmas newsletters too.
For me I use FB to post some of my nature photography for friends and family. Occasionally I post a new song or interesting story. I have friends in bands and they will post their latest songs. Right now I have the final few racks of a nail biter billiards championship posted that my family likes. I stay away from politics as most of my family are LoFo.
I also use FB to log into various media sites moderated by DISQUS to leave comments. They use the FB commenting model. That is a different world where my political side can come out separate from FB. It´s robust back and forth high volume conversations and I´ve received likes in the thousands (from fellow conservatives of course). Luckily they don´t count dislikes from liberals as they would be high too. :-) So FB is more than just a gossip site for teenagers swooning over One Direction. It can be a portal to other opportunities.
I stopped using Facebook about 2 years ago, the day I discovered they had copied all the phone numbers on my cell phone onto their central computer. At first they denied doing it to people, but eventually they were forced to fess up. Bunch of liars. I really don´t miss it.
Facebook is the most useless, empty fad since the Pet Rock. Like all fads and crazes, its impetus comes from the human herd instinct, which dictates we must all be doing something because "everyone else is doing it." When Facebook first infested the Internet, it was mostly adopted by teenagers overcome with their own importance in the universe, and by grandmothers posting recipes or pictures of their grandkids. From there it grew into the pervasive, privacy-violating nuisance we have today.
If it is true that the Facebook fad is waning, then get out your Hula Hoops, guys, and celebrate.
If you don´t use it and don´t care, then we don´t need to know. Those that use it or quit using it have relevant comments. Facebook keeps me connected to my family and friends that I would not be able to as easily. It´s wonderful, in my estimation. If you don´t enjoy it, stay off.
How is Facebook a tax cheat for deducting compensation to their employees? Every business does this. They just passed the tax on to the individuals.
The government got the same amount of tax. Cheating occurs when no one pays the tax. Those who are complaining - did you want FB to pay the tax and then pay it out to the individuals who would also pay the tax?
It´s not clear from reading the Pew Poll linked in the article that these shifts in Facebook use translate to a decline in overall membership. It seems some people go off for a while for various reasons and then come back on. Only 10% left because they regarded it as a waste of time.
Looks to me like the author over-reached with his conclusions.
"Facebook is the crockpot of the devil." Hilarious!
I just checked out my niece´s new senior pictures, made plans to meet up (for the third year in a row) with my best old high school friend that I reconnected with on FB, and found a new quilt block pattern to try.
I´m thinking of "deactivating". All my posts didn´t manage to save the world from "The Won", didn´t convince any of my "friends", relatives and real friends not to vote for him or the lefties. Many or most of them simply won´t read anything antithetical to the Won.
It´s also an enormous waste or usage of time and for what? Pictures of somebodies breakfast, lunch or dinner? Pictures of their dogs and cats, cars and kids?
If it´s "free", they´re making money off you. I signed up for a FB account a couple of years ago to see what the craze was. I used a fake name,(I´ll say: Zeke Zibble). I never posted anything, nor accepted or denied "friends", nor gave out but the bare minimal info on me. Once or twice a week I still get notices in my spam folder that I have "two friends" trying to contact me. I will get emails from FB asking me if I know so-and-so, someone I hadn´t heard of since high school 40 years ago! The kicker was last week when I was talking to a Romanian friend living in Italy. He asked me if I knew a Zeke Zibble. I said, "Why?" He said that his FB account connected him to Zeke Zibble and Zeke Zibble has MY phone number! (I never gave FB my phone number.) I join the chorus that FB has become an invasive Big Brother and a venue for insecure, lonely, narcissistic people. They whore out your name and info to others to make a "FB" - "Fast Buck". It´s as bad as Wells Fargo -ever since I signed up for an account with them, I´ve been flooded with junk mail from credit card companies, etc.
I´m with #28. I knew this would bring out a generous share of pedestal-squatters proudly declaring that they are not FB users, as if this somehow shows them to be independent thinkers and worldly. I still use FB, and I still like it, for the most part. I´ve connected with old friends and actually made some great new ones. I also get directed to a number of links that I´m interested, from news to sports to discussion groups. It is easy to make it too frequent a habit, however. But to those of you who are so quick to criticize those who enjoy it, congratulations. And try not to injure your shoulder with all of that patting yourself on the back.
I quit Facebook back during the "Arab Spring" when the Muslim Brotherhood were using it to organize. The powers that be there had no problem with the MB´s using it but would not allow the TEA party to do likewise.
I don´t know why, but after deactivating my page, I´ve never received any correspondence from Facebook at all.
If Facebook tanks, two things will happen - a lot of people will need to be put on suicide watch and the damnocrats will have a much harder time organizing their hoards of fraudulent voters.
Deactivated my face book account right after the election last November due to censorship issues with face book. Joined the "tea party community" but quit there too because they also censor posts. Don´t tweet either....
I kick myself in the butt for ever having had a Facebook account. However, it didn´t take long for me to come to my senses and abandon it. I am now a proud ex- Facebook user. If Obama approves of it, it´s a no brainer to dump it.
My wife had an account for a while. Concluded from her sister-in-law´s posts that she was having multiple affairs. The rest of the family refused to believe it. Turns out she was right. Fascinating, but I still refuse to participate.
If it keeps people in contact, if information of all types can be more easily shared, and if it gives people some downtime fun rather than drinking or other things that boredom leads too, that´s all upside.
Like everything else, it can be overused and become a compulsion. An interesting thought...how many complainers here spend maybe just a little too much time on Lucianne?!
My personal experience is I have been on for about a year, don´t go on much, but a guy I hardly remember from high school friended me. He friended also a good chunk of my graduating class.
The fulfilling part of that was seeing what happened to so many of the popular guys, and the pretty girls that would not give me the time of day in high school. Most of the guys are blubbery with big heavy faces, and most of the hot girls just look like someone´s flabby old tired mom. I could only find one other guy besides myself that is in any kind of good physical shape or doesn´t look 10-20 years older than me, easily.
I use facebook. I´ve ´liked´ pages by John Podhoretz, Chicks on the Right, Jan Morgan, Surber, Thayrone Xington, Taranto, Ben Swann and gotten in on some of their nascent thoughts and more of their personality. There are great sites/pages like Sarah Palin´s, No Lapdog Media, Newsbusters and Federalist Papers.
I hate to say this but I´ve noticed a drop in output over here on lucianne... and I´ve noticed some overlap and even more stuff getting linked and posted on FB on the conservative sites there.
BTW, as I share conservative cartoons and ´like´ conservative posts, I´m sure I´m getting excised from peoples´ ´like´ lists. So what.
Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea and cheated those that started Facebook. The people who run Facebook committed stock fraud with help from Wall Street and the news media hype.
There are no 900,000,000 users. Cannot be. Look at the population of the USA and Europe etc. Not that many people online and certainly not using Facebook.
They sell your information without your consent and constantly change settings so you cannot feel secure in what you post.
Your photos belong to them - they were caught trying to claim this so backed off for a bit but they will try again. Your company can check Facebook for your posts which may get you fired or not even hired in the first place.
And... they are a source along with google for information for the democrats to help undermine this country.
Beware of polls that ask people about future intentions. We all intend to be better people by and by, right? And ditto for polls that people feel they should answer in a certain way. So many morally superior types put down FB (usually without understanding why we use it) that it takes courage to say you are a "user."
I abandoned Facebook, because it became something that I did not want. It was my thought process that this would be a private connectivity between invited guests, but it turned into a vast array of people whose utterences were posted on my page. The utterences of others would offend one person or another, so I bid it goodbye. I have not missed it.
What is wrong with you judgmental people??? I get to speak to people in Ireland, Ghana, Indonesia and Canada through FB. I get to see all my grandkids and many of my great nieces and nephews each and every week. I simply do not understand the hatred most of you have towards it.
Remember MySpace? They were (are) a predecessor to Facebook. They both do the same thing but somehow MySpace became uncool and it disappeared from the radar faster than a fart in a fan factory.
I wish someone could explain to me how the googles or facebooks of the world make that kind of money. I have never clicked on any ads and if i did I wouldn´t buy anything anyways. Do people actually click and buy?
I "like" #47 & #53 :-) I started using FB back when my son was Iiving in an isolated mt community in WA state where they have no phones, tv, radio, but did have Internet and it was easier for him to post photos via FB than email. Our family uses FB mostly to share photos of the grandbabies :-)
I use Facebook to primarily connect and stay in touch wth far flung members of my extended family, from the U.K. to Australia, and points in between. I used it to help coordinate a Family Reunion in Scotland several years back. So it definitely has its usefulness. However a lot of the features they have added lately are meaningless fluff.
From another article at slashdot: "Despite earning more than $1 billion in profits last year, social media juggernaut Facebook paid zilch when it came to federal and state taxes in 2012. In fact, the website will actually be getting a refund totaling $429 million thanks to a tax reduction for executive stock options. In the coming years, Facebook will continue to get monster tax breaks, totaling about $3 billion.
´The employees cash in stock options, and at that point there is tax deduction for the company,´ Robert McIntyre, of watchdog group Citizens for Tax Justice, said.
´Because even though it doesn´t cost Facebook a nickel, the government treats it as wages and they get a deduction for it.´"
You can get family updates and pics etc in e-mails. No need for everyone to see your stuff. As for finding long lost school chums from 40 yrs ago, if I made it 40 yrs without them, I don´t need them. Sorry, I ain´t that lonely yet.
I agree with 5 & 8. I mainly started using FB a couple years ago for my 30 year reunion. I got to talk to folks I hadn´t seen in over 20 years. It was fun for a while but now I mostly just use it to post important articles. Most of the folks just ignore them but some like them. Most of the hard lefties unfriended me. I used to get into some heavy debates in the beginning but that ended eventually. Anyway, I still go there once in a while but not often. As a Marketer, I am supposed to love social media. Ugh...Yes, I set up an FB site for my company but LinkedIn is so much better for us because we are so specialized. Other than that, I would be happy if social media burned out. I prefer more traditional forms of marketing anyway. It is more fun creating print ads and less time pressure.
I could not in good conscience support Zucker any longer. I unfriended him last month after another pro liberal stance on something none of his business. Forget which one it was. Besides the politics, the continual leakage of personal information and dancing lawyers was enough to get me to go out and buy envelopes and stamps.
The stock was a fantasy - a ´social media bubble.´ Evidently investors didn´t learn from the 1999 tech burst. I do hope only the pampered elite get burned when FB burns out.
Well since I can´t stand most people, being on Faceplant is really not going to do much for me. I have caller ID so I know not to answer the phone when most people call me. I prefer to catch up with family every 6 months or so. That way I can get the important hi-lights, without the day to day boring stuff.
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get er done, 2/17/2013 5:20:39 PM (No. 9181966)
Years ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to participate in her "church" website. It turned out that she registered me on Facebook without my knowledge or consent, and against my husband´s expressed wishes. To this day, Facebook sends me unsolicited emails telling me I have x number of friends requests and new messages, and urging me to "reactivate" my account. My husband´s objection was that what is posted on social websites is there for all the world to see and can become the property of the social network.
Like a gun, FB is just a tool. My extended family is spread out here and in Europe. I use it to stay involved with them, don´t friend strangers nor accept them as friends, post rarely and could live without it if I had too. IMO those whose friend lists total more than 100 are being way too casual with their friendships.
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings