I’ve decided to create a blog as to the reasons why facebook sucks.
Apparently facebook users are middle class professionals. I fall into this category and you won’t find me on the social networking site. Instead of being on facebook amongst the mindless herds of people I have decided to post my hate for the site in hopes it might attract some agreeable, level-headed fellow citizens. You might ask, “What is worse? Being on facebook and addicted for hours or writing a blog about how you hate the social networking site?” Sadly I have to say being on facebook for hours on end is much worse than this blog ever will be.
Shall we begin?
THE TOP 10 REASONS I HATE FACEBOOK AND QUIT.
1. FRIEND REQUESTS
Ok, so I barely remember you from middle school. Wait, I do, it’s coming back to me. You made fun of me in the lunch line. Now that we’ve moved on from then and out into the “real world,” you find it completely acceptable to find me online and send me a friend request. As much as I’d like to know how your life is and how your looks have steadily deteriorated since high school, I’m going to ignore your friend request. The one problem with ignoring a friend request is that you will likely run into that person. It may not be that week or even that month, but it will happen. Sometime in Target or out getting a coffee you will find yourself standing in front of the person in line creating the most awkward moment humanly possible.
2. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?
I know what’s on my mind. The problem is I don’t want to know what’s on your mind. I don’t want to know what you ate for breakfast, how you had a wonderful weekend with your fiance, how you hate frosted flakes, and how much you love Tuesdays. I find this information to be pointless and non-stimulating. In fact, I think it’s making me dumb. I believe we can’t read minds for a reason, because it’s too many random thoughts that will eventually drive us crazy. I prefer the thoughts of my own mind, where it’s calm, quiet and sane.
3. SOCIAL NETWORKING,…REALLY?
So when is social networking being glued to your computer screen for hours? Are we really becoming more social by the usage of “lol” and brief comments? How much time on facebook consists of an actual, ongoing conversation that is remotely satisfying? It seems the ‘socializing’ on facebook is so UN-satisfying that people become addicted to it for more. It only scrapes the top of our human needs, so we seek more connection and continue to post more attention seeking comments to fill the void. Shouldn’t a social networking site promote activities outside of your room and out of your pajama pants? We all know facebook was intended for social networking, but look what it has become. It has made us lazier and obsessed with our online persona.
3. HEY GRANDMA
Yes, grandma is now on facebook. She has a profile and she wants to post that baby picture of you naked in the sink. Either that, or she’ll start playing Farmville and soon grandma will be lost forever in her farm with her pigs and cows. Now Uncle Joe and Creepy Cousin Steve are all in your news feed and you don’t want to admit it, but you swear they facebook stalk you and you them.
4. 2ND GRADE ALL OVER AGAIN
Will you be my friend? You seem like one of the “cool” kids. You have so many friends and people leave so many comments on your posts. Please, please, please be my friend and comment back. Sound familiar? Remember in 2nd grade when you’d do anything to sit at the cool table at lunch break and have people like everything you said. Facebook is the highschool reunion from hell. It’s the playground all over again. It’s that sad, insecure belief that the cool kids are cool when in reality they are not.
Finally there are studies being done that look into facebook and its effects on narcissm. For example, Self-Presentation 2.0: Narcissism and Self-Esteem on Facebook, reveals that people who were narcissistic and have lower self-esteem, log into facebook more times per day. A narcissist believes every detail of their existence should be noted and observed by others. The world revolves around them right? Well, the facebook world actually does and that’s why all the narcissists love facebook . I’m convinced this will be the ruin of our generation. Everyone will become more reliant on instant validation and less able to take the time needed for empathy.
6. IS THAT YOU?
Our online personas are so different from our real ones that often we look at our friends on facebook and ask, “Who is this person?” Facebook is what we want others to see. It’s not who we really are. It gives introverts the chance to be extroverted: it makes losers seem like heroes. For example, the 30 year old loser living at home with his mom playing video games can have the most awesome facebook profile. C’mon, don’t act like you haven’t seen this.
7. “BUT I WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH MY PAST AND PEOPLE I’VE MET IN OTHER COUNTRIES”…
Oh the line I hear the most; “I love facebook! I know people all over the world and I keep in touch with them on facebook” Really? You have that many friends in other continents and you guys are soooo close that you rely on facebook instead of a phone call to keep in touch? Sounds like a close friendship. “Hey be my facebook friend so that I can know you’re still alive!” Sorry, but it’s not enough to make me want to be on the site or to think you’re going to see that person ever again.
Or should I say lack there of. It’s the worst thing when you respect a person and find them intriguing and then you realize they’re a facebook whore. They share all their information loosely and with everyone. They share stupid comments and stupid compliments with everyone. You know more about them than you want to. You know who their ex’s are (hence old wall posts and status changes), and suddenly it’s like it’s the morning after, you’re both lying in bed and you just want to get the hell out of there. The worst thing is when you see them again there’s nothing to talk about because you know everything from their facebook page.
9. STALKER? WHO ME?
Who ever thought you, yes you, would be up at 1am looking at your neighbor’s facebook page, because for some strange reason you can’t look away. Who ever thought you’d read every single word of your friends comments,or look at every single picture of that guy you met in passing? When did you become a stalker? When did you secretly know that the girl you work with, who you don’t really talk to, gets migraines, has 2 nephews, and goes the gym every other day? Why do you care? Because you are now officially a stalker. Facebook has made stalking easy, fun, addictive, and worse than crack. You stalk everyone. From that person who works at the grocery store, to the lady that does your hair. No one is off limits.
10. THE EX
I saved the worst for last. There’s nothing worse than having an ex as your facebook friend or on facebook period. You will stalk their page and their new partner’s page. You will look every time they post a photo or make an update. You will look and you will be ashamed of yourself. It’s like a perpetual hell where you are seemingly linked to this person forever because you’re both on god dam facebook. You broke up, it didn’t work out, yet they’re on your mind. WHY?! You found someone new, you know they weren’t right for you, then why are you looking at their facebook page? Because although facebook may not bring that person to you physically, they enter your mental realm. They are now in your head which is much worse than a physical meeting on the street. Facebook has been blamed for 1 in 5 divorces in the US. The problem is that you can’t leave the past behind and still have a facebook account. The past will creep into your present thoughts and if you’re not careful it may become your future.
So in conclusion, if you hate facebook and agree with me, keep on with the righteous fight.