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NOTABLE! Why Facebook is a Joke (And various social media/smartphone insanity)

Discussion in 'People & Relationships' started by MJ DeMarco, Jun 25, 2014.

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    The only reason I still use Facebook is to reach my audience. Otherwise, I wouldn't be on there.

    Of course, it's a great advertising medium to reach millions. Another reason why I'm still there.

    Other than that, I don't post much.

    This pretty much sums up why -- it's one big carefully curated facade.



    I fear for young folks who use Facebook / Instagram / et. al. as a gauge to compare their lives to others. Expectation and comparison is path to perpetual misery. If I spend one hour on Facebook, even I would end up feeling inadequate, not fit enough, not well-traveled enough, not successful enough, and not liked enough, blah blah.

    Whats sad is that I am actually hearing that youngsters are making decisions based upon how certain activities will look when posted to social media. They're more concerned with having people *think* they're having fun than actually having it.

    Be aware people.
     
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    A kid died recently because he wanted to post the speedometer on his car going 100mph+

    Let that sink in for a moment.
     
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    This is why I go directly to /ads/manage/ . And maybe once or twice a week to checkout what competitors are doing with their ads.
     
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    Facebook also really opened Cyber-bullying. Girl from my school 2 years ago commit suicide due to it.

    Her name was Grace McComas.
     
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    Yes, I totally agree. I really don't hang out much on any social media site because any group online or offline becomes your mentality. That's why I'm having this issue about being on them to promote things. :( I feel sorry for the teens that get bullied and that have died over social media and Face book. :(
     
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    It's a good way to keep in contact with old friends. It's also a great way to be involved in the lives of those you can't see very often. I'm only friends with those I'm very close to though.
     
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    Have you guys seen the video alleging Facebook fraud? It's rather convincing.

     
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    I agree with you MJ with the comparison side. When I started this project of mine I got off. I found it to be a huge waste of time and kills productivity. That was enough for me.

    I sometimes think about getting back on when I'm off the ambulance and get my business moving along. Why? Spite. And that's more than enough to stay off altogether. I find minimal to no actual use for Facebook personally or professionally now.
     
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    Social proof is very powerful.

    I remember reading this book on being a "player" and it talked about going into a room and getting social proof as quickly as possible, even if it meant speaking to someone you weren't too fond of.

    People want to be liked, loved, approved, and want to feel better.

    That's all I see when I see people post tons of sh*t about this and that. LOL. You can see that it is attention whoring.

    In a subtle way, me having a facebook account lends me into seeking approval:

    For example: It's a let down when I see a red notification and its someone asking me to play a game with them. I'd much rather you like my status.

    Or, repeatedly logging in hope for notifications.
     
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    A few months back I stopped reading my news feed entirely. I use it only to get in contact with certain people, or check notifications. The only other time I use it would be for promotional/advertising purposes.

    Reading the negative thoughts and comments of those I care about was affecting my own well being. People use facebook to gain sympathy from everyone else who supposedly "hates life". I don't need to be part of the whole "life sucks" movement. I no longer associate with people who think the store running out of their favorite ice cream flavor is a facebook worthy life crisis with several angry emoticons.
     
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    Never had a real Facebook account and never will. I keep in touch with old friends through email, phone and real meetups.

    I made an account just so I could manage a few pages and do some advertising but other than that, there is no benefit in it for me either.

    Apart from the other great reasons already mentioned, it's also a huge waste of time. You could be doing so much more during that time instead of looking at pictures of people who you don't care about. I'd say if you want to use it, limit your time on it to 10 minutes a day. If 10 minutes is not enough, then you probably have too many "friends" on it.
     
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    I did a bookmark bar makeover a few weeks back, and removed every social media related site. I now only use facebook for Facebook Messenger. If someone REALLY has to contact me, they'll do it via the messenger, or just text me.

    I've kept youtube though as I use it for coding tutorials along with lamborghini inspiration every now and then. As long as there is a productive purpose.
     
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    Not had facebook for over 2 years.
    I couldnt stand to see people post constant selfies, tell the world what they where getting up too and when their kid last farted. It has become a farce people do it for self appraisal to give across this near perfect lifestyle when in fact its quite the opposite.


    Exactly this. I see people constantly traveling , gym, clubbing etc.
    This may come across as jealous but its far from it,
    Ive chosen not to follow the crowd anymore, I don't need approval off anyone about my life. Business yes in terms of advice and where to progress but not about what outfit im wearing, what night club im attending or what car I'm driving.
    Narcissistic place is Facebook. I like Twitter and Instagram only because the people I follow a few entrepreneurs on it giving a insight to their life is motivating.
     
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    Shoot I love Facebook, it's the only place I can impose pictures of my son on people all day every day and not feel bad about it.

    No joke. I love that kid though.
     
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    Wow. That video was f*cking great. For YEARS I have tried to explain why I don't use Facebook. And that video sums it all up better than I could ever put into words. That's it.

    No log-ins in a year (lost someone's phone #.)
    No profile picture changes in 3 years.
    No status updates in 5 years.

    f*ck Facebook. The only way I can ever see myself using it again is making a new account and adding 10-20 friends. That aunt from across the country. My close friend that no longer lives 5 minutes away. If only there was a portable phone that allowed me to contact those people at any time throughout the day.

    I realize there are legitimate uses for Facebook. But this whole internet popularity contest is disgusting and turns me off of the website as a whole.
     
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    New idea for a website.. a Private idea facebook which works similar to WhatsApp linking use up between phones, emails, web updates twitter etc.
    The niche ; you are only allowed 25 friends.
     
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    On a completely unrelated note. MJ's current avatar is awesome.
     
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    For affiliate marketers and MLMers, Facebook is a great way to reach out to millions of potential customers.
    There are also many 'online store" on Facebook and the owners make tons of money there. Internet marketers
    are also using Facebook as a tool to brand themselves, and attract many followers.
    Other than that, I think Facebook is just a time-waster :)
     
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    The Great Gatsby one of my favourite movies. Di Caprio played that part perfectly.
     
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    I can't see him now without thinking of The Wolf Of Wall Street.
     
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    Sorry to be offtopic.
    Yeah the Wolf of Wall Street was good but I preffer the elegance and storyline of Gatsby.
    He done everything possible to get Daisy set up what he thought was her ideal home , ideal life made all the money he could ever want. He essentially didn't even do it for himself he done it for the love of her.. But he could never have got her full love.
     
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    On a side unrelated note, I know a guy who met Leonardo DiCaprio.
     
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    Nice summary, damn, almost shed a tear. Love that movie.
     
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    I completely agree with MJ on every single point above. It is the world's largest phony fest. I stopped posting over a year ago. I like people's stuff every once in a while, but I'm literally on Facebook maybe 2-3 times per month.