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Facebook is useful for communication but all the bullshit in the newsfeed are boring and depressing (pictures of other people's kids are annoying as fuck, who cares about that seriously ?)

Out of curiosity, why do pics of other peoples kids annoy you so much? Only asking cos I post pics of my daughter now and then, mainly for the benefit of relatives who don't see her that much. I know it annoys people though, especially my wife's middle aged spinster mates who still behave like they're 18 years old. Probably makes them feel their biological clock is about to run out or something. I've seen a few passive aggressive comments from them 'apologising' for not posting photos of kids, then posting pics of themselves making drunken twats of themselves on a nightly basis. I unfollowed them, bloody harridans.

 

Anyway, after reviewing my post above I realise I am a boring bastard busybody and seriously need to quit Facebook now.

 

 

 

Pictures of your kid should not be publicly displayed on the internet until they're 30 and have accomplished something worthy of widespread attention, until then you're just showing off your ability to come in a vagina and not have a retard pop out, which doesn't impress anybody but your parents. :emotawesomepm9:

 

Do you ever think about how your kids are unable to give informed consent about this public photo documentation of their lives and, upon turning 18, may seriously resent you for it? I know that if my parents posted "just had his first poo!" with a picture of 4-year-old me standing next to an excrement-filled toilet, and it was out in the digital ether linked to my legal name forever, I'd probably be furious. Not saying you'd do something that crude, but you ARE putting them into a giant facial recognition database that might land them jail time when they get into graffiti at age 19 and are picked up by speed cameras linked to a global law enforcement AI.

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dude, I'm pretty young and you know what ? I don't want kids. There's no personal pictures on my account. Why do you think peoples would care about your kids taking a poop or whatever ? Now girls are posting pictures of their ecography "hey come on everyone look at my foetus !!!" I mean WTF ?

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Facebook is useful for communication but all the bullshit in the newsfeed are boring and depressing (pictures of other people's kids are annoying as fuck, who cares about that seriously ?)

Out of curiosity, why do pics of other peoples kids annoy you so much? Only asking cos I post pics of my daughter now and then, mainly for the benefit of relatives who don't see her that much. I know it annoys people though, especially my wife's middle aged spinster mates who still behave like they're 18 years old. Probably makes them feel their biological clock is about to run out or something. I've seen a few passive aggressive comments from them 'apologising' for not posting photos of kids, then posting pics of themselves making drunken twats of themselves on a nightly basis. I unfollowed them, bloody harridans.

 

Anyway, after reviewing my post above I realise I am a boring bastard busybody and seriously need to quit Facebook now.

Pictures of your kid should not be publicly displayed on the internet until they're 30 and have accomplished something worthy of widespread attention, until then you're just showing off your ability to come in a vagina and not have a retard pop out, which doesn't impress anybody but your parents. :emotawesomepm9:

 

Do you ever think about how your kids are unable to give informed consent about this public photo documentation of their lives and, upon turning 18, may seriously resent you for it? I know that if my parents posted "just had his first poo!" with a picture of 4-year-old me standing next to an excrement-filled toilet, and it was out in the digital ether linked to my legal name forever, I'd probably be furious. Not saying you'd do something that crude, but you ARE putting them into a giant facial recognition database that might land them jail time when they get into graffiti at age 19 and are picked up by speed cameras linked to a global law enforcement AI.

This.

 

dude, I'm pretty young and you know what ? I don't want kids. There's no personal pictures on my account. Why do you think peoples would care about your kids taking a poop or whatever ? Now girls are posting pictures of their ecography "hey come on everyone look at my foetus !!!" I mean WTF ?

I don't post pictures of my kid shitting. What do you post? I don't know but I bet that's pretty fucking dull too.

 

I guess people draw the line between online sharing and real life sharing in different ways. I could go the whole hog and withdraw from online conversation totally, only taking part in intense real life one to one conversations that end in passionate lovemaking or a crying hug. If it's privacy you're concerned about, don't worry - the NSA and GHCQ are tracking your movements and beliefs wether you've opted to share them in Facebook or not.

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Also, if you get angry when people post pics of themselves being generally happy, then maybe the problem isn't them, it's you. Again, I'm guilty of that.

 

I'd say that's true too but the other point about you being a PR agent for yourself is perhaps more the factor that pisses people off rather than their own insecurities. But there's a thin line between the two right. Example, a friend posts a picture of their new car - a non FB based reaction in a pub would be ''ah that's cool'' followed by questions to show further interest..whereas on FB I instantly just resent the fact that they are sharing something to make others feel lesser which is more than likely not their intention..but that's the affect it tends to have.

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Also, if you get angry when people post pics of themselves being generally happy, then maybe the problem isn't them, it's you. Again, I'm guilty of that.

I'd say that's true too but the other point about you being a PR agent for yourself is perhaps more the factor that pisses people off rather than their own insecurities. But there's a thin line between the two right. Example, a friend posts a picture of their new car - a non FB based reaction in a pub would be ''ah that's cool'' followed by questions to show further interest..whereas on FB I instantly just resent the fact that they are sharing something to make others feel lesser which is more than likely not their intention..but that's the affect it tends to have.

That's very true. That's what concerns me more than the privacy issue. It makes life more about competition than community. Everyone's just secretly fucking fuming about each other.

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Heh sorry for picking on you Westhead. Obviously if I saw a pic of your kid smiling on a swingset I wouldn't be like "fuck this asshole!". I was just being kind of obnoxious for a lol.

 

However, I was 100% serious about how I think it's kind of unfair to involuntarily publicly photo document a child's life when they couldn't possibly fully understand the implications of such a thing until well into their educated 20s.

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I'd imagine if your in your mid-thirties plus, it's a bit easier to disregard the whole thing. It's just not really important or essential in your sphere of life. Most people in this age group I know, see it very cynically, though wives and girlfriends use it to gossip on.

 

Probably a whole different ball game for the younger generation.

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Heh sorry for picking on you Westhead. Obviously if I saw a pic of your kid smiling on a swingset I wouldn't be like "fuck this asshole!". I was just being kind of obnoxious for a lol.

 

However, I was 100% serious about how I think it's kind of unfair to involuntarily publicly photo document a child's life when they couldn't possibly fully understand the implications of such a thing until well into their educated 20s.

No worries mate. You're right though, and I do feel guilty about it - but my selfish pathetic desire for validation takes precedence ;)

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I'd imagine if your in your mid-thirties plus, it's a bit easier to disregard the whole thing. It's just not really important or essential in your sphere of life. Most people in this age group I know, see it very cynically, though wives and girlfriends use it to gossip on.

 

Probably a whole different ball game for the younger generation.

 

Definitely. It's pretty much incomprehensible to not be on every single social media site to all the 21-year-olds I know. They don't have the perspective of how much more chill (for better or worse) life was before it, I guess.

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.... or - people have less of a social life as they get older and have to compensate via social media? If I had more of a social life I wouldn't be on Facebook as much. Or watmm.

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Could it be a chicken/egg thing though where one of the reasons people are less social is because they spend their time alone on sites "together" in cyberspace, when traditionally that time would've been spent in the same room making eye contact?

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Or is it laziness? I think it's very,very easy to just get locked up in the web. Anything you want to see or listen to is pretty much instantly available for free.

 

I've been making tunes for the past few days and went out for a walk in the woods today and it was fucking lovely...was listening to Actress too. There used to be a time where I was almost always outside no matter the weather. That's really changed in the last 10 years.

 

 

 

I'd imagine if your in your mid-thirties plus, it's a bit easier to disregard the whole thing. It's just not really important or essential in your sphere of life. Most people in this age group I know, see it very cynically, though wives and girlfriends use it to gossip on.

Probably a whole different ball game for the younger generation.

 

Definitely. It's pretty much incomprehensible to not be on every single social media site to all the 21-year-olds I know. They don't have the perspective of how much more chill (for better or worse) life was before it, I guess.

 

 

I'd say the above is very true. I've been a teacher for a few years and I see first hand how glued to smart phones kids are now. NOT good.

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I like to have FB around just so I can contact old aquaintances and follow various pages, but I don't go on it every day. I wouldn't want to delete it but I sometimes feel guilty for not participating more but then posting my own shit every couple months. I go on every other week or so and mass like a bunch of stuff. And yeah there can be stupid shit on there, I've often wanted to make lengthy political posts or whatever like I do when anon but I hesitate since its under my real name.

 

My vices are reddit and youtube however. Check them many times per day and post comments often, but it has a serious adverse effect on my attention span. I'm in the process in the past few weeks to cut usage and try to focus on music / visual arts. The refresh / click / open in new tab mania has broken my brain a bit but it is under my control. Generally I like to be anonymous online and use it to follow people I have no relationship with so ya

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Recently a 4chan post purporting to be of a fat man being bullied started spreading on the Internet, and then the Internet mobilized to his rescue.

 

First, the Twitter campaign started. Which quickly snowballed into a campaign to not only identify this man, but to seek him out for a dance party with thousands of strangers, "all women," because apparently their gender matters. Nothing conveys your message sincerely like misspelling the word "sincerely:"

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It's just robots left on facebook and twitter. Facebook capitalized on peoples desires for attention and not wanting to feel alone and used their data to build robots to replace them. On the rare occasion when it is a human, they are only regurgitating what the robots posted earlier or metaphorically screaming like a petulant child for attention.

 

It's turned into old media.

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I'm a 28 year old American male, and while I barely use Facebook, it seems like its popularity is dwindling. Other social media apps like Instagram, snapchat, Twitter, etc seem to have taken some of its thunder and novelty. But those somehow seem less intrusive and in-your-fucking-personal face so I'm not as worried. Those are less like a LinkedIn page for social status positions.

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When I was on it briefly about 6 years ago I remember getting friend requests from people who in real life ignore me lol. I think I pulled the plug on the whole thing not long after that :happy:

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I'm debating whether to get video recordings of the Ae North America tour a month from now. But the amount of awkward might be too much if I upload them on FB for public viewing. Unless I customize it to where only friends who are already into Ae can see them. I've always regarded them as a closely-guarded secret from the uninitiated, as weird and culty as that sounds.

Either way, I'm pretty much done with the validation game on social media sites.

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Makes me sad when people are out and about in social situations and just can't help but check their phones every five minutes. IRL friends sitting right next to them are less important than status updates in the virtual world.

same, it makes me less sad when its someone still in their teens or early twenties. it make me the most sad when people my age do it and act like its not weird as shit

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I really dislike Facebook nowadays. I never got into Twitter. And Instagram is fairly interesting, but pretty much brain-rot after a while.

 

Facebook used to play an important role in my life though. I connected with a lot of interesting people, met a girlfriend, had a much needed public outlet for my thoughts, etc. But these days if I ever hop on, it's just scroll, scroll, scroll, click, scroll, comment, scroll, scroll, like, envy the popularity some chick has just by being gorgeous, scroll, scroll. When I noticed how inane and repetitive it had become, and how many people were doing the exact same pointless thing with their time I got fed up and disconnected. Unfortunately, I have about 1,000 non-Facebook accounts linked through Facebook, including the company I work for - I log in to work with my Facebook info... awful. So unfortunately I can't delete it without a lot of hassle.

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By the way, I just downloaded this thing yesterday from the App Store - it's just called "Time Out Free" - it's free. And it will free you. Kind of nice to have computers do things I can't do for myself, like take a fucking break from the computer.

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^ those are two strongly contradicting paragraphs

Explain?

 

 

Facebook used to play an important role in my life though. I connected with a lot of interesting people, met a girlfriend, had a much needed public outlet for my thoughts, etc. But these days if I ever hop on, it's just scroll, scroll, scroll, click, scroll, comment, scroll, scroll, like, envy the popularity some chick has just by being gorgeous, scroll, scroll. When I noticed how inane and repetitive it had become, and how many people were doing the exact same pointless thing with their time I got fed up and disconnected. Unfortunately, I have about 1,000 non-Facebook accounts linked through Facebook, including the company I work for - I log in to work with my Facebook info... awful. So unfortunately I can't delete it without a lot of hassle.

Probably safe to say that's a common sentiment now

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interesting thread - I have social media accounts but i don't use them as much as my peers but i still feel like i waste time on them...considering going cold turkey as much as possible...or limiting my usage of them purely to my personal hobbies (running a tape label for example, one-on-one communication with people though messages)

 

FB especially is interesting - been on it since back in 2004 (my university was one of the first non Ivy League schools to have it) and back then it was a bit of a weird joke. Everyone you "knew" on it were usually random people from high school who also happened to have FB. You couldn't post on walls. There was no feed. People couldn't even friend each other outside of their college. Groups were the only way to "interact." Before that I had a LJ and xanga account - fuck, it's surreal to think about those sites and the embarrasing angsty crap I posted there.When myspace came around it was all exciting and customization-heavy and also messy (i.e. anyone could join). Now I use it to keep up with some family and friends and because I've edited my feed so much it's not as overwhelmingly shitty as others feeds I suppose. Still seems like such a time waster.

 

 

 

Makes me sad when people are out and about in social situations and just can't help but check their phones every five minutes. IRL friends sitting right next to them are less important than status updates in the virtual world.

same, it makes me less sad when its someone still in their teens or early twenties. it make me the most sad when people my age do it and act like its not weird as shit

 

 

ditto - i didn't have a smart phone until late last year so for a long time so to me it was very foreign

 

hell, i dont even check it much when i am actually in a dull situation (waiting rooms, in work truck in traffic); I prefer to sit and think, stare out the car window if im not driving, or find something tangible to read

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Yeah I hear you lot leaving fb . I'm going to get one of those blocker things. Half of it don't care for, the other half are friends I could be seeing, and yeah, then the token gorgeous girl talking about herself .

 

And shit tons of politics. And cat videos

 

 

Mehbook. I even open it with an excuse 'to see what's going on' that's bs I just want to socialise. Get out and do it then, dummy.

 

I have got a slight excuse as I'm out of town, but as soon as I'm moved in to London fb is going away bigtime. I'll use RA for my clubbing info.

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