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posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:15 PM
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Looking through the news i came across this...link~news.bbc.co.uk...

What is it with these sites,there almost like drugs for some people(alot of people),i found the above story interesting as i have family members and friends who look at facebook the same way she did,almost fanatical about it,cataloging everything they do.

Whilst i know that facebook and such do have there good points they just seem like ego boosters for most people,a shrine of sorts if you will, an example is my sister inlaw she comes round maybe once a month but when she does she spends the whole time logged into facebook on her laptop,its almost like she forets were she is,anyway this is just my view,let me know your opinions.Thankyou for your time


regards

[edit on 29-4-2010 by FeatheredSerpent]

[edit on 29-4-2010 by FeatheredSerpent]




posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:31 PM
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I spent a year or so 'hooked' om facebook. Catching up on old 'friends' whom I would probably ignore if I saw them on the street.

My greatest draw to facebook was Scrabble... I love that game!!!

I liked taking play chips off friends in Poker too!!

Once I got sick of phony relationships I withdrew from the site!


Now I am addicted to ATS but I have a feeling that with this board: I won't get bored!



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:41 PM
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I have a Facebook and I check it a couple times a day, update my status about once a day. I do not play any of the games. I'm on ATS A LOT more than Facebook tho.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:43 PM
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I don't bother anymore partly because I am engaged. The only use I would have for social sites is to promote my music, which my latest project isn't even close to being done. They are good if you like a false sense of accomplishment and believe that social sites are conducive to strong relationships.

[edit on 29-4-2010 by SmokeandShadow]



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:51 PM
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Yeah i know what you mean. People are beginning to have 5000 facebook friends but no real contact... It´s as if people are yearning for any sort of contact. Funny you should bring it up, cause i´m about to launch a social networksite my self, but with a twist, in skandinavia to begin with.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:51 PM
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No offence to females but it also seems like more females are sucked into this "fanatical facebook mode" than men,i make that judgement from the people around me though so i may be wrong,although i do know atleast 3 blokes who are real bad with it.

ATS isnt the same as facebook,i come on here seeking answers,not to see what my nextdoor neighbour is doing for tea,or how her sister is doing,or that she just farted.

For the people i know facebook is for one of two things it seems,gossip or sex,sorry to be so blunt but this is what i see from alot of people around me....

regards


CX

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:57 PM
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Never used it, never will.


I enjoy my time on ATS and a coupleof other non-conspiracy forums, but otherwise i enjoy talking to my friends on the phone or via real handwritten letters.

CX (old man
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posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:58 PM
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Social interaction is important to teenagers and some adults. These sites simply provide new ways of interaction. When reputations can be either enhanced or destroyed via this medium the importance becomes greatly augmented. This isn't a huge mystery. The best way to avoid the pitfalls of such mediums is to avoid them.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:05 PM
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True-life example of the phoniness that is Facebook and of the incredible addictive hold it has over people.

I quit Facebook late February. I haven't been invited to one party since. I know they happen because I hear about it later. They tell me they know they invited me because they invited everyone through Facebook. One person has actually started talking BS about me because I don't talk to her anymore. I've never actually spoken to her. She's never heard my voice. I added her as a friend a week before I quit.

They ask me why I'm trying to isolate myself. Preposterous. Because sitting at home on a computer and "poking" and IMing is not isolation? Being on Facebook is socializing? Not leaving my house is having a social life?

Pardon my slang but, WTF?


CX

posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:07 PM
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Originally posted by traditionaldrummer
Social interaction is important to teenagers and some adults.


I agree. I know people who probably could not have friends without it. I have family members with Aspergers that depend on the social side of the net greatly.

I do think many people neglect much of their life though and "real life" interaction because of this.

That said, like i say i've never used it so maybe i'm missing out? I'm sure i'll live though.


CX.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:14 PM
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Agreed it does have it good uses but all i see is hassle/grief,i dont have one myself although i have plenty of people telling me i should have one,they look sad when i tell them my opinion of it,like i have insulted them,some people can get real touchy about it(fanatical is more appropriate),even my 9 year old daughter keeps crazying for one as all her friends have them,9 is to young for it in my own opinion.thankyou for your time

regards



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:27 PM
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I would be hesitent about my flesh and blood using it too. Facebook is a minefield of social errors.

Sorry to sound hardline but I think I am right.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:31 PM
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I just got one late last year.

I used to do myspace, to keep up with my kids and their friends, then I realized a lot of people my age are on the site too, like coworkers and school chums.

Well, all of a sudden myspace died down (for our group) and it was all about facebook. So I switched.

It is real nice to keep up with kids and old friends. Ive moved since High School, and it is so cool to be able to "keep up" with people and see their kids pictures and such, without having to be all up in their business all the time. I am not much of a phone gabber, and am very solitary, not anti social, just solitary. So for me this is a nice way to connect and keep up.

If you cannot visit family without jumping online it isnt facebook that is the problem, it is an internet addiction.

I dont think there is anything wrong with facebook or using facebook, the problems come as always from those that use the service.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:32 PM
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Originally posted by Wide-Eyes
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I would be hesitent about my flesh and blood using it too. Facebook is a minefield of social errors.

Sorry to sound hardline but I think I am right.



Fully agree my friend


regards



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:35 PM
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Originally posted by CX

I do think many people neglect much of their life though and "real life" interaction because of this.


The landscape of communication is changing. As perverted as I think it is, my thoughts on the issue don't matter. The internet has changed nearly everything, including social interaction. My luddite side says it's bad and a wrong way of dealing with people. My realist side accepts it as an emerging social phenomenon. MP3s changed the landscape of music and its laws, social networking sites changed the landscape social interaction and its laws. We must accept this and advance through this new terrain.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:38 PM
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Originally posted by hotbakedtater
I just got one late last year.

I used to do myspace, to keep up with my kids and their friends, then I realized a lot of people my age are on the site too, like coworkers and school chums.

Well, all of a sudden myspace died down (for our group) and it was all about facebook. So I switched.

It is real nice to keep up with kids and old friends. Ive moved since High School, and it is so cool to be able to "keep up" with people and see their kids pictures and such, without having to be all up in their business all the time. I am not much of a phone gabber, and am very solitary, not anti social, just solitary. So for me this is a nice way to connect and keep up.

If you cannot visit family without jumping online it isnt facebook that is the problem, it is an internet addiction.

I dont think there is anything wrong with facebook or using facebook, the problems come as always from those that use the service.



I agree but i see alot of people getting really sucked into it,being logged in all day and night,makes me wonder what my sister inlaws children are upto while she spends all day and night logged into that site.i didnt say all people use it in that way,just that alot of people i know do.thankyou for your time

regards



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:50 PM
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Originally posted by FeatheredSerpent


I agree but i see alot of people getting really sucked into it,being logged in all day and night,makes me wonder what my sister inlaws children are upto while she spends all day and night logged into that site.i didnt say all people use it in that way,just that alot of people i know do.thankyou for your time

regards
Now that makes me sad, to think of parents neglecting their kids just to surf the web. A lot of my friends on facebook use the farmville and other stuff, but for the most they are teens/young adults and not neglecting responsibilities.

To say the face of communication is changing is an understatement. My children have NEVER KNOWN a life with the internet. I have been online dang near twenty years now myself.

I think the key for everything is adaptability and self control.

But, since this IS a conspiracy site.....

.....maybe there is something about facebook that is addicting? Like subliminally? But to what point?

Also, have you heard about people getting robbed because someone is following their status updates, and they get robbed when they post about being gone?



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:58 PM
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Originally posted by hotbakedtater

Originally posted by FeatheredSerpent


I agree but i see alot of people getting really sucked into it,being logged in all day and night,makes me wonder what my sister inlaws children are upto while she spends all day and night logged into that site.i didnt say all people use it in that way,just that alot of people i know do.thankyou for your time

regards
Now that makes me sad, to think of parents neglecting their kids just to surf the web. A lot of my friends on facebook use the farmville and other stuff, but for the most they are teens/young adults and not neglecting responsibilities.

To say the face of communication is changing is an understatement. My children have NEVER KNOWN a life with the internet. I have been online dang near twenty years now myself.

I think the key for everything is adaptability and self control.

But, since this IS a conspiracy site.....

.....maybe there is something about facebook that is addicting? Like subliminally? But to what point?

Also, have you heard about people getting robbed because someone is following their status updates, and they get robbed when they post about being gone?


Im unsure about subliminal messages but seems odd that people are getting seperation anxiety from it and ive seen that first hand myself,is worrying what we as a race now teach our kids(from a social standpoint) and no i havent heard of people getting robbed,thats truly shocking, i did hear about the young girl who was murdered..what is the world coming to........
thankyou for your time

regards



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 05:59 PM
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ATS > FACEBOOK

maybe we should get a social networking service on here!?



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 06:00 PM
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Its hypergossiping.

I think I'm the first one to say that. Maybe not.

I know a flying club that was completely destroyed as an organization by twit-ering.

I want my privacy back. Maybe its time to sue.





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