not a fan (revisited)


Back in July, I expressed my deep discomfort with Facebook and the new way of making “friends” in our era of social networking. Now it appears that I am not as much of an outlier as I’d thought.

According to a report on NPR today, some younger users of Facebook say that using the site often leaves them feeling sad, lonely, and inadequate. Browsers of the “perfect lives” of other people leaves them thinking that their real lives are very imperfect, indeed.

A new trend is emerging among these most intense of digital users: many in their teens and 20s are leaving the social network altogether. I personally believe this is a very positive development—if these Facebook dropouts will do something to make their real lives more meaningful and interesting.

I think too many people are paralyzed in inaction because they can’t decide what kind of act to commit themselves to. As if for many people the most important things in life aren’t accidental, the result of the obvious turn not taken, the offhand risk chanced.


Groove of the Day

Listen to the Counting Crows performing “Accidentally in Love”

2 Responses to “not a fan (revisited)”

  1. January 10, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Social networks like Facebook are double-edged tools. If they permit to find or keep in touch with old friends or members of your family, to keep abreast of the news, they expose you also in the eyes of the public. And no one likes to see its dark sides spread over the public square. And when we know that, when search you for a job of a certain level, the recruiters interested in your profile will seek to better understand who you are and that they will go to see your Facebook page, how to wonder that people presents always their best face? Then, people still more easily distort the truth about themselves in these networks than they could do in real life.
    There is nothing surprising to the fact that some people eventually lose interest in these networks. People find rarely a reflect of the difficulties they face and all this showcase of lies discourage them. We just hope that all these people will manage to build a richer and more interesting life turning more to real people.

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