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01/04/2012

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Esther

I agree that the Facebook franchise can sometimes be overwhelmed but that is also the users fault. I recently had 900 friends on Facebook, and slowly started to delete them. There are some inappropriate things on Facebook, or arguments that get heated, but its that person's fault. One can block a user. People make Facebook look like its a bad site to visit. It's not, its how you respect yourself that makes it wrong. If your a person that posts about getting high that's your problem. In a way Facebook is a goof thing, for one think if you're looking for a job, employers will look at your profile, and see how you are like. Be careful what you post, and only invite people who are your friends to be your friends. Any site can be good or bad, its how you use it that determines it.

Krista

Facebook is not to blame for people's problems. Facebook is a social networking site. Not everything in society is pretty. There are innapropriate things in the world, as well as other online websites. However, Facebook gives the users the opprotunity to report another user or to block them. Facebook is a way to contact people, keep in touch with people, or share pictures/thoughts with friends. Many people are afraid of what can be seen on Facebook. If a user sets the appropriate security options, the average user will not be able to contact or view any of the profile, they would have to send a friend request. This is another helpful thing Facebook does, in order to add a friend, BOTH parties have to agree (unlike Twitter, where only one is needed in order to follow someone). Facebook is a good way for friends to stay in touch. When kids graduate from high school, most people lose touch with their old classmates. Facebook is a way to keep in touch with people that had gone to school with the users. Facebook is not to blame for any actions online, the users are. It is the users dicision to act the way they do, or post the things they post. Often times when people complain about Facebook, it is because people misuse Facebook, not because Facebook drove them to it.

Michael M

My aunt always told me Facebook is the devil and now I somewhat believe her. I use to be on Facebook every day but, it stirred up problems with my friend and me so now we are not even friends anymore. Many people do not use Facebook because of what Esther said, “There are some inappropriate things on Facebook, or arguments that get heated, but its that person’s fault.” Having Facebook was the cool thing to do once it came out but now people are taking other people’s statuses too seriously which stirs up problems. Many accounts are also being hacked and spammed frequently. One week there was an outbreak of porn and religious porn on Facebook; nobody wants to see that on their timeline. Don’t get me wrong, when used properly Facebook can be a good website to stay connected. I have family who lives in various states and Facebook is the only way we communicate. So just like Krista stated, “Facebook isa good way for friends to stay in touch.”
I have to also disagree with Krista about the privacy of Facebook. No matter how much someone changes their security settings, the people they do not want to see their Facebook can. Just like the article stated, “Many of the holdouts mention concerns about privacy.” They should be because once somebody posts anything online, it will always be there. Lurking is popular in the social networking world. Lurking is stalking online and the source of most online problems. It is true that users can block people and have to send friend requests to see each other profiles, however many people are friends with other people who use their page to look at somebody else page. For instance, my best friend had a picture of his mom, dad and himself on Facebook from a recent birthday party. The mom and the dad are not together and he has a wife. My best friend’s dad was wrapped around my best friend and his mom. My bestfriend’s half sister (by the wife and dad) showed her mom and the mom got mad at her husband. So, friends or not on Facebook there are ways of seeing people’s information.

Tommie Dunham

"Facebook is the Devil," as Michael stated before, is a familiar statement to my household as well, however I have come to believe Facebook is not the problem. Although there are many opportunities for fights and disagreements on Facebook, it is not the social network that is at fault, but its the people who control it. At the end of the day Facebook is not posting pictures of your life or updating your status for the day, in fact it is you and only you. In Krista's view, "Facebook is not to blame for peoples problems." In the situation with the ex-wife and current wife, described in Michael's comment earlier, it is not Facebook's fault that the current wife is insecure with her husband. Infidelity and jealousy is a condition that has been around way before Facebook and Facebook should be seen as nothing more than a social network for people to keep in touch and have fun with friends and family.

Tinamarie

I agree and disagree with many things in the article. We DO have the choice to change our privacy settings, accept certain friends, and not to put our business out there. All of these problems are not caused by Facebook, they are caused by the users. We tell Facebook what to post, and it posts it. I'm very careful with who I add, what I post, and what I choose to share with the wider community. I don't accept friend requests from people I do not know, and I do not share certain information. This being said, I have never had any privacy problems with using Facebook. It is all user based, and Facebook will hide anything you do not want seen. I also happen to still have face-to-face time with my friends at least once a week. Being a college student, I barely even have time for that, but I make it happen. It's our choices, not Facebooks choice, on what we let people know. It's our choice to see our friends or not. Facebook does not say, "don't hang out with your friends." We decided that. My point being, we as the users have the power of choice.

lauren

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends, however many people tend to abuse the privilege. If someone wants to post pictures and statuses multiple times a day, and in some cases tagging their gps location, they should not be complaining about privacy. If you don't want certain information displayed on a website, then don't share! It's also important to keep in mind that as a Facebook user you can choose who can see any part of your profile, and you can choose what you see. If you only want to use Facebook to keep in touch with old high school friends, you can do that. Facebook can be used for many different reasons, whether its photos or messages. It can be a very useful tool without completely submerging yourself in the Facebook world.

Mona Alharbi

Facebook technicians have made some significant changes to people’s profiles about sharing privet details over the last year . some of these changes were
Involved sharing the story of one’s life with others by posting apps, articles, posts and photos by year, music and video sharing, and maps of places he/she has traveled. People have the choice of sharing these information with the world or just their friends. Also, Facebook unveiled the timeline, which is a profile design that organizes the users page so people can find if more easily. The purpose of such improvement was to make people stick more and involve Facebook to every detail in their lives, which leads to enhance sharing and make it easier for people to share their information and be able to access others as well. However, some people disapproved these features and felt that they’re infringing on their privacy. For me, joining Facebook community was a good refreshing experience and these recent changes have made me stick to in even more by sharing my information’s and events. Yet, for some people change was hard especially the one’s who aren’t fans of sharing their privacy with others.

Nneka Jackson

2. The main as into why I would consider to deactivate my facebook is because of too much attention i waste on facebook and annoying Facebook friends. Instead of typing papers and doing work I'm too focused on liking pictures, writing statuses and adding friends. It's time consuming and a distractions to what I really have to do. Another reason is the whiney, complaining, nagging friends. I'm tired of hearing people brag or complain about how their life sucks or how other people lives suck. Then the drama that my facebook friends put up online is unnecessary and annoying. I would rather not deal with the drama and the bs.

Julieann

I agree and disagree, I had a facebook account and have disabled it. I felt like I spent too much time on there and felt like i wasnt having actual communication with my friends just the updates from their facebook accounts. I dont have to look at everyones drama now, I was never one to post about horrible days but some of my friends would go on about how horrible life was that it was pointless. At times it would become depressing being on there. I have a friend who is scared to delete people because of the drama that it would cause. She never sees the person either just communication from facebook but still won't delete her because she doesn't want any problems. On the other hand how it talked about not being able to see some events, pictures of my friends babies and weddings. I can't always go over to their houses and hang out with them. I think that's the only down fall, but I can always have them send me a text with pictures too and the bonus side of that is I don't have to see the opinions of everyone else I just have mine.

Steve H.

What facebook is and what it was intended to be are two different things. I am one of those people who have pretty much become a non-existant user of facebook due to the fact that I have simply grown up. Word of mouth and the popularity contest it is, makes me think that some people will never grow up. Facebook was just a rip off of other ideas made simpler (myspace, classmates.com, etc.), and will be replaced by the next big thing in time, which is another reason that facebook stock has lost money from day one. When I log in and read some of the comments posted by friends I am quickly reminded why I don't "check in" and "like" every little thing in everybodies life. It's really just a waste of time, time that could be spent on really making a difference in your life.

Sammi Berrafato

1. Facebook has been diminishing slowly as more social networks like twitter become popular. Facebook executives, however, should not worry because it’s not diminishing fast at all. It is the most popular site on the web still, although others are catching up. Facebook is not trying to get new users to make their worries go away; they are more concentrated on keeping the users they have and give them more ads. This is easier for the Facebook executives as well because they have their current users information and know how people use Facebook so they have an understanding of what to advertise to current users.
2. So many people have either abandoned Facebook or have never been hooked on it in the first place because of reasons such as privacy worries or even just not wanting to know so much about others lives. This makes perfect sense to me because not everything one reads on Facebook is interesting, social networking sites have been hacked before and many have heard the dangers about employers that check Facebook for future or even current employees. Some may disagree that this isn’t true but it is still a worry and could be a deciding factor for some considering joining Facebook. As a college student, I have had Facebook through my teen years and I don’t find the harm in it since I control what I put out there, and have adjusted knowing that.
3. Facebook likes to change; it keeps users interested. Some users think that it gets annoying or, maybe they like the “new” Facebook better. Usually it’s the layout that changes, sometime they add buttons or change the name of something. For me, I enjoy the changes because it makes me think, I like to be able to see things in a different way and it does keep me interested and I will find new things and keep searching on the site. In a way it helps Facebook because the changes do keep me online longer while I am figuring out the new layout or searching new things that didn’t exist before.
4. When I first started to use Facebook, I don’t think I ever left my computer. I was constantly posting something new or looking at what my friends were doing. Soon, I realized that I didn’t need to use it so much and I posted rarely. I would say I use it less because I have split the time I spend on Facebook with Twitter as well and it hasn’t been as much of an asset in my life. I enjoy going onto Facebook and checking up on what my friends and family are doing, now more than I did in the past year, since I have moved away but I still keep most things to myself and only post occasionally. Just as Ericka Gable said in the article, “it felt weird to see other peoples stuff all the time” I don’t think everyone I’m friends with on Facebook wants to see what I do constantly so I don’t post as often.

Dana Schultz

1.) Facebook executives are not troubled by the trend of users diminishing their Facebook visits because their main focus is to keep is the current users happy with the site. They are not concerned about people signing up, just staying on. As a Facebook user myself, I have noticed they make changes often to keep in touch with the other competitive social networks.
2.) There are many reasons why people did not jump in the Facebook bandwagon. A lot of people do not want to spend wasted time on the internet reading useless information about other people’s lives. Many other people think it is not personable at all, and that they would rather call their friend instead of writing on their wall. The last reason is that some people are not comfortable with posting their personal information on the web. Though all these reasons are valid, I think Facebook is a great way to connect with people all over the world. While you are on vacation or away from home you can still be connected with your friends everywhere. Calling and texting overseas can be very expensive, so it is a good way to keep in touch for free. In fact in, 2011 when the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Facebook was the only way my cousin could contact the family by saying she was alright. I personally think Facebook is what you make of it and it is up to you to make it enjoyable.
3.) I always know when there is a new Facebook change because that is everyone’s status that day. They rather love it or hate it. Personally, sometimes I can hardly tell the difference. One of the biggest changes that Facebook did was the timeline. This feature made it easier for users to look back on past memories. They made each status and picture almost like an event in history of your Facebook profile. I think Facebook continues to make changes to keep up with the competitive social networks like Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Another useful feature Facebook added was to connect social networks together. An example of this is that you can post a picture on Instagram and can have the picture link to Facebook as well. This helps prevent Facebook users from switching social networks since they are connected.
4.) “What’s on your mind?” is what Facebook asks you every time you update a status. Many people have hopped onto the Facebook bandwagon, but what is happening now? Faceboook users are starting to delete their accounts or others have never even started them. Personally I have a Facebook and love it. Even though I use it less, I think positive about it and that its great how they continue to make changes to Facebook to keep current users interested because it really does connect people.
Back in my Myspace days, I never thought I would use Facebook. Even when I started a Facebook I deactivated it for a while because I just wasn’t finding it enjoyable. I started using a lot more when more of my friends made an account. It was a nice way to communicate with people. I would enjoy seeing pictures of my friends’ vacations or statuses about my friends having a really awesome day. Though being in high school, Facebook was taken advantage of. I cannot even count the number of Facebook fights or how many times nasty girls made fun of other people on the internet. It got to be pathetic. I slowly drifted away from Facebook because I did not want to see all the negative things. Once I got a smart phone I started using other social networks more like Twitter and Instagram. Once I left for college I realized that Facebook still had a great purpose. It was a way for my mom to see how I am doing and a way to see how my family and friends are doing. Twitter only has statuses and Instagram only has pictures but Facebook has both. A recent example is my co-worker just had a baby. I will not get to see her until I am home for Thanksgiving, so it is nice I get to see pictures now on Facebook. Though I am not on Facebook every hour of every day I still check it often and still use it to communicate.
Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, the list goes on of all the different social networks Facebook competes with. I agree with Wortham that Facebook must make changes in order to keep the current users interested. Facebook’s main focus is not to have new people sign up; it is to keep current members signed in. Since having a Facebook there were always subtle changes. Of course people would complain about them but looking back on it now I cannt even picture what my original Facebook looked like. These subtle changes may not mean anything at the moment, but they are helping Facebook slowly evolve more characteristics like their competitors. One of Facebook’s newest editions is the timeline. The Facebook timeline makes Facebook almost into an online scrapbook of life. It takes the pictures and statuses you posted and turns them into events. It makes looking back on previous years a lot easier. Personally the edition did not phase me. I havebeen never the kind of person who cares what someone’s status was two years ago. For others, it is a great way to look back at important things like when your co-worker’s baby was born, or when it was your little sister’s first day of school. Another addition Facebook added was linking to the other social networks such as Instagram and Twitter. For example when you post a picture on Instagram you can link it to your Facebook account as well. This helps eliminate the competition between social networks because they are linked together. It also makes it easier for the user. In my opinion the changes Facebook have been making is only helping the social network keep its users.
Though many people are deleting or not even starting their Facebook accounts, it is good to take a step back on the good things Facebook does for us. As it helps connect people, I will continue to think positively about it, even though, I use it less. The Facebook changes only helps the company and its users. So the next time Facebook asks “What’s on your mind?”, take advantage of this useful social network and make it worth your while, because Facebook will be what you make of it.

molly cullen

In the article, “The Facebook Resisters,” Jenna Wortham investigates the real reason why many people are either deleting their Facebook accounts or not even signing up in the first place. Wortham interviewed many people and researched statistics on why people do not join the social networking sites in the first place. For example, privacy concerns, not connecting with friends or family on a personal level, and also the fear of having too much of their life exposed for people they barely know, are a few reasons people choose not to join. However, Facebook executives are not troubled by this trend. Facebook is preparing for a much-anticipated public offering, and the company is eager to show off its momentum by building on its membership. They are excited to have more than 800 million active users around the world. They are expecting and hoping for more in the future and are constantly trying to keep Facebook as modern and fun for its users as possible. Instead of worrying about the decreasing number of Facebook users, Facebook is only focusing on the future; making its site better and continuing to grow its active users.
Wortham interviewed many people and asked them about their personal experiences and opinions toward Facebook. Tyson Balcomb told the story of why he decided to quit Facebook after an uncomfortable encounter with a woman in an elevator. He noticed the woman in the elevator and had never met her, yet through Facebook he knew what her older brother looked like, where she was from, and where she recently vacationed. “I knew all these things about her, but I’d never even talked to her.” He knew then, that it was unhealthy and weird. Many of the people Wortham interviewed who never signed up for Facebook in the first place mentioned concerns about their privacy. Researchers have found that the issue boils down to trust. Many people say that the reason they do not have a Facebook account is because they are scared of the repercussions of a privacy violation. Will Brennan, a 26-year-old Brooklyn resident, said he had “heard too many horror stories” about the privacy pitfalls of Facebook. He said his friends are not always sympathetic to his anti-social-media stance. Many of the non-Facebook users mentioned how their friends always give them a hard time about not having a Facebook account and they are perfectly fine without one. These few examples of why people do not have Facebook accounts make a lot of sense to me. I believe that Facebook is just something that everyone expects everyone else to have. I think that the people Wortham interviewed gave really good examples of why they decided not to participate in Facebook. The privacy issue is a major concern and even though there are many privacy controls, it can still get very impersonal. I also agree that not calling a person and just looking at their profile is very unprofessional and does not really connect you to that person. I think it is crucial for friends to call, email, and write letters to each other. It sounds cliché, but I believe that in order to keep a strong relationship with someone you need to hear his or her voice and meet in person. Facebook is great because you can post messages to your friends and family and see photos of each other, but the relationship is not as strong as it is when you connect face to face.
Throughout my years of being on Facebook I have noticed an immense amount of changes. One change that I always notice is the layout changes. When Facebook changes its layout it creates a whole new level of different ways to look at or “stalk” someone. People get so used to the way their profile and their friends’ profiles look, that when a new layout arrives everyone gets curious and tries to figure it out. Another recent change is the ability for everyone to have a “cover photo”. This is a picture that appears large and is like a profile picture but bigger. This allows everyone to not only have one profile picture, but two. Personally, I have not been that affected by these changes. However, they do enhance my Facebook experience. They allow me to see my friends’ and families’ profiles and pictures easier and faster. For myself, I prefer to only look at pictures and with the new Facebook and all of the changes, this allows me to easily see the pictures instead of what people are posting or commenting. I really enjoy that because it used to get overwhelming always seeing comments and to be honest, I do not really care what people have to say about random posts.
I first joined Facebook in August 2008. I was just entering my freshman year of high school and was told it was a great way to connect and meet people who were going to the same school as me. During the first couple years of being on Facebook, I used it all the time. I would post status updates, comment on pictures and posts, and chat with my friends all the time. Now, I rarely post anything, never comment on much, and only use it to post pictures and see my friends’ profiles. My current attitude toward Facebook is that I feel like it is slowly becoming pointless. I feel that other social networks like Twitter, Skype, and Facetime are slowly becoming more popular and easier for our culture to use. As Wortham stated in her article, some people, even on the younger end of the age spectrum, just refuse to participate in Facebook, including people who have given it a try. A huge reason people are either deleting their Facebook accounts, or not even signing up to begin with is because they feel like it is ruining their personal relationships with their friends. “I wasn’t calling my friends anymore,” said Ashleigh Elser, 24, who is in graduate school in Charlottesville, VA. “I was just seeing their pictures and updates and felt like that was really connecting to them.” I believe that this is not a rare or uncommon feeling toward Facebook. I personally feel the same way. I will look at an old friend’s Facebook profile and feel like I got caught up with their life, when I really did not and should call them and catch up that way. Facebook has its positives and negatives, and I believe that recently it is more negative than positive. People are neglecting to keep a personal relationship with people they care about and are only connecting with them through looking at their pictures and posts. I think that Facebook is great for a casual update, but people need to still try and keep their relationships as close and personal as they can.

Lily Aguirre

This article raises the question about if social media is a good or bad thing. It takes many points of view from people who believe it has benefited their lives to not have opened a Facebook account because it makes them uncomfortable to know so much about a person. I do not see a problem in finding out to much about a person. I believe as humans our instincts are to want to investigate the people around us. It gives you a sense of awareness. Of course pre judgments about people are not great, but the fact that you can meet a person one night and find out more details about their lives within minutes is astounding. The problem that I see with Facebook is not how much a person can read up about an other individual, but how much time is spent on it a day. Like the article said, being on Facebook cuts your ties with people and I agree. You see pictures of friends and family and it makes you feel like you already know what is going on so you do not need to call and find out. Nothing is a surprise. You know what people are doing, eating, reading, what bars they are going to without even having to click on their page. It is all there in front of you. I also agree that people just need to be more careful with what they upload like Krista said. Employers can always find a way to look at your facebook. Even though you have temporarily deleted it, or really did delete it, nothing is even permanent on the internet. There is still a way for people to find something out about you. Even if it is just amongst friends, people should be very careful with what they post; you can never be too trust worthy of the people around you.

Jourdan Jefferson

Facebook, just like any other social website can be seen as the devil or just bad news in general. At first every social website including Facebook is fun to begin with, it allows you to re-connect with old friends and catch up with people and see how their doing after not talking to certain people for so long. Not everyone in the world has a facebook, because many people do not want to deal with social networking, or simply because many people do not want to be in the loop of certain thing, and lastly they do not want the drama I which a social networking can bring. At one point in time I wanted nothing to do with Facebook, because it had seemed as if everyone’s Facebook had gotten hacked and all over there timeline was porn, inappropriate religious pictures. Facebook has both a good and bad outcome, when used properly Facebook seems enjoyable and very fun to use; and when used improperly Facebook can also bring out peoples true colors. Although, at the end of the day any social networking website will always stirs up problems, and the main problem any social networks brings along is bulling. I personally feel bullying comes from the lack of privacy in which Facebook gives individuals. Even if an individual’s page is private, there are some things in which people can see, for example your cover photos are not private and there is no way to accessing them to become private. Do not get me wrong Facebook is a great and fun thing to use when you have good intentions, when your intensions are bad and a certain individual only use’s Facebook just to attack people and constantly start drama. This is when I feel that this certain individual’s Facebook should be deleted with no questions asked. Facebook over time has done a good job with getting rid of the individuals who should not be allowed to have a Facebook, by either putting their Facebook on restriction, or deleting their entire Facebook permanently. Overtime I do not use my facaebook as much as I used to before due to the fact of how much drama is created and it is easily time consuming. You can find yourself sitting in front of your computer screen for probably at least one hour or more doing absolutely nothing because they are very addicting.

Brenda Hwang

Many of the previous bloggers talk about the responsibility of each individual Facebook user. Everyone has the ability to make Facebook a great place to keep in touch with family and friends or to make it a place full of inappropriate content. Facebook has done a great job of giving users the ability to decide what we have to see on our newsfeed every time we log on to our account. I do not want to see five pictures of my second grade classmate’s “NEW HAAAIR!!” the second I log on to Facebook. I chose to have a Facebook account to keep in touch with friends and family while others seem to like the attention they get from posting pictures of themselves. I could delete my Facebook and lose touch with the family and friends out of the country, or I could block posts like that from showing up on my newsfeed.
While I can understand why many people chose to close their Facebook accounts or just never create them in the first place I still see a lot more benefits to having an account than to not have one. With our fast paced society only getting faster sometimes it is easier to post a special announcement on Facebook. It is much easier to give the few Facebook “hold-outs” a phone call rather than having to deliver the news to all involved parties and repeating myself over and over again.
Before I made a Facebook I was concerned about my privacy, as many people still are. However, the way I see it, people only know what we tell them. If there is something that we do not want all of our Facebook friends to know, it is as easy as just not posting it. If there is something you only want a few friends to know it is just as easy to change the settings to allow only certain friends to view a certain posting.
Facebook is what we make of it. The control is in our hands. With a click of a button an account can be created or deleted, friends added or deleted, and settings changed.

Jessica Adams

I always feel like somebody’s watching me

Most people could identify where comments such as “watching my fave show The Voice, my daughter is super cranky and teething” or “Joe Smith added a new photo” can be found. If you said Facebook you would be right. The behemoth of a social networking site has become as common place as breathing. Even with the site being bigger and better than MySpace, there are some people who don’t want any part of it. They are the “Facebook resisters” as Jenna Wortham (2011) calls them, and their ages and lifestyles would surprise you. Some of these people are in their twenties and in college, which is the right age and environment that fosters a need for connections to peers and the outside world. Others are twenty-something professionals, a little more mature, who are still not interested. Their reasons against using the site range from a feeling of a lack of privacy, a disconnection with those they call friend, or simply a lack of desire to put the details of their lives out for public display. These concerns are valid in a world where social networking sites have become the norm.
Privacy should be one of the biggest concerns about participating in social networking sites. Users have access to the life stories, feelings, and images of those known long ago, work together, or simply have the misfortune of being linked by a mutual “friend.” A majority of people would not go up to a complete stranger on the street and show them pictures of their children or talk about problems in their relationship. As a previous Facebook user, I did not list the year I was born, who I worked for, my relationship status, or any information that could be potentially damaging in another’s hands. For some reason people don’t consider the negative outcomes that result in over sharing. But where does this false sense of security stem from? Amanda Lenhart knows why: some people, she says, have “a general sense of trust in others and trust in institutions” (Wortham, 2011). But it has been proven time and again that personal information is vulnerable in this digital world.
Privacy concerns also creep into the dating realm. In keeping some things private about yourself, Mr.Munn remarks about potential mates, “They haven’t had a chance to dig up your entire life on Facebook before you meet” (Wortham, 2011). A person would not want their day to day activities to be used as a means to circumvent getting to know a person the old-fashioned way. Would some people even meet if they weren’t able to track the movements of the other person? Probably not. On the truly devious side, there are some who use the site to hide their duplicitous activities. A woman I know found out that the man she was dating had an account that he didn’t tell her about where he listed he was single. The majority of his friends were females. Suffice it to say their relationship ended after that discovery. People have always hidden their wrongdoings, but Facebook offers an easy, undercover way to hide it.
To be fair, there are many positives to using Facebook. The social networking site has been successful in connecting people all over the world in a way like never before. In the United States alone there are 200 million active users. Worldwide, Facebook’s membership is close to a billion (Wortham, 2011). Families and friends can always stay in touch with one another. You can reconnect with an old friend or high school classmate, reignite a spark with a lost love, or keep up with a favorite celebrity or business. Better yet, you can find brand new friends or a new love. There are touching stories of families reconnecting or a child locating a parent by conducting a simple search. Also, one of the best parts is that it doesn’t cost a dime. All that’s required is a smart phone, which many people have, or access to a computer, and people can talk to anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
Yes, Facebook can be a good thing. But there is no denying the potential risks its usage poses. There are risks to your privacy and well being. Secrets are kept on Facebook, people have always kept secrets, but how embarrassing would it be to find your significant other is keeping a double life and other people can see it because all they did was enter a user name and a password. Some are fighting against this need to be connected on all levels. I wonder how long the stragglers can resist in an increasing social networking society.

Jerry

1. The thing that matters more to the executives is keeping the Facebook customers that they currently have interested in staying.

2.Many people in this article gave an array of different reasons for either not having, or doing away with their Facebook accounts. One account of young lady said that Facebook was seen to her as "virtual clutter". I somewhat understand this view but only to a certain extent. If you have clutter you don't always just get rid of everything. There are times when you can just organize the clutter, yet still create closer relationships.
There is also another person who stated that they felt alienated when using Facebook, and I Highly disagree with that as the alienation is a direct result of overuse. If you are in fact alienating yourself on any level, you should probably just back off and cut back your time on Facebook. I myself, own a Facebook account, and it would never take the place of any activity I already had planned or even a spur of the moment plan.

3. I have noticed a few changes, first, the most noticeable is the timeline. The timeline better arranges the events that have happened on your Facebook so people can view what happened by year or month. Another change is the abundance of advertisements. The timeline has had minimal impact on my Facebook experience and the advertisements have had no impact whatsoever.

4. A growing number of Facebook users can identify with feelings of being alienated, overwhelmed, or feel like their life has been pried into. However, I for one, cant completely agree with this view. In some fashion, just signing up for a Facebook account is screaming "contact me" or "please look at me now". Most folks know what they are signing up for, don't they? Just for the sake of this article I went to Facebook's sign up page, and throughout the entire journey it tells you what can and cant be seen. Clearly, if your intelligent enough to know or think your being spied on, surly you can read the warnings, change your privacy settings, watch what information you enter, and not add strangers. Personally, I love Facebook. When I ended a long standing relationship with a partner, Facebook was there leading me to friends and essentially helping me through. Recently, when I had a hard time with a court case and my words were only hear-say, Facebook allowed me to gather evidence in the form of pictures of people completely inebriated. Also people posting status updates about doing drugs, and there activity with their children that was completely inappropriate. I have much to say to the dissatisfied users of Facebook. Obviously a portion of the 800 million estimated users are closing down their accounts, maybe you should do the same. However, I'm going to stay connected with my family and my friends.Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to update my status.

Behnke

1. It seems to me that the Facebook executives are caring more about keeping their current users, rather than trying to reel in more. For the past decade, they've been focusing on getting more people to use Facebook, but as the new year begins, statistics show that there is a decreasing number of users. It's more proactive for them to attempt to keep their current users, rather than focusing all their attention and bringing in more.

2. The main reason that was given as to why people choose not to have Facebook is the privacy issue. When you sign up for Facebook, you give away personal information without even realizing it. Even though Facebook was made to bring people closer, it's also doing the opposite and I've had experience with this first hand. Facebook has its positives and negatives. While it brings me closer to some, it also drifts me away from others. Rather than seeing someone to catch up, you could just go on Facebook and get information from there. I've lost touch with a handful of friends because of the use of Facebook. It not only drifts you away from people, but causes problems as well.

3. None of the changes have been very drastic. They main change would be the timeline, which better organizes your events. Otherwise I haven't noticed many changes.

4. Facebook may be a way of communicating, but it is also a way of drifting people apart. I've had a Facebook account for over 5 years. When I first began using it, I never left my computer. I was constantly updating my status, and seeing what my friends were doing. Rather than asking them myself, I relied on the internet to keep me updated with what my friends were doing. In the past year I've definitely began using it a lot less. My Facebook would be deleted by now but I use it to keep long distant relationships with my friends and family. Facebook has its positives and negatives, but lately the negatives seem to be outweighing the positives. I rarely go on Facebook anymore and am a better person because of it. I spend my time with my friends and family more than I used to, and I couldn't be happier because of it.

Thomas@Yourbuzz

The IPO of Facebook has caused more harm than good for the normal user which was used to the free service. While the service remains free, there are increasing pressures on business organizations to pay higher fees in order to deliver their message to their followers. This applies to Facebook pages where although for example you might have 10000 fans, when you post a status update, only a percentage of those see the message in their news feed. To increase this percentage companies have to pay.

Holly Cunningham  ISU

1.It seems that the only things the executives of Facebook are worried about are people’s continued use of Facebook. This includes reinventing Facebook continually to keep it current and exciting for its users.
2.To the majority of the interviewed individuals, Facebook became, or was previously, unnecessary and superfluous. In one instance, an individual claims it cluttered her life, while another is distrustful of Facebook’s ability to keep his information secure. I myself use Facebook, but think both of these stances on Facebook make perfect sense. I agree that using any social media carries risks, as does any instance of putting any personal information up on the internet.
3.I am a Facebook user and I have noticed certain changes the company has made to the website. Different changes include the whole layout of profile pages, how pictures are viewed, and being able to put locations on statuses. I do think that some changes that have been made have helped make Facebook more user-friendly and make the whole website experience more fun. However, I also think that with the many changes being enacted so often, people get sick of relearning Facebook’s layout. By making changes often, people are more active, using and familiarizing themselves with the website because of the newness. Overall I think changes in Facebook are good, it keeps the website from getting old and uninteresting.
4.I do have a Facebook account and I use it just as much as I did when I originally created it if not more. I have to agree with one of the individuals interviewed in Wortham’s article when they asserted that Facebook can often be unnecessarily distracting. Even though I do agree with the statement, it does not mean that I will cease to use it; on the contrary, Facebook has many positives aspects. Another interviewee says they love Facebook because they are introverted and the website allows them to connect with people easier than face to face communication.

Henry Hong

I agree and disagree with the article’s views. However, I have lived both sides of the arguments and my stand point mainly disagrees with the article’s claims about social media. As a Facebook user, I have deactivated my Facebook profile many times just because I was tired of social media. But whenever I did, I would end up giving into reactivating my account in order to see what my friends have been up to. The reason I enjoy social media is because it allows me to still be connected with people, without actually having to be in touch with them. It provides to opportunity of connections. I can empathize and see how other users may be experiencing problems such as drama, a plethora of information on someone or even addiction. Nevertheless, my take on this subject of whether social media is a bad thing for its users is quite simple. No. I do not believe that social media is a bad thing. This is because we should not allow technology or Social Medias to control our habits and mentality. As humans, we should be in control of social media not the other way around. It is simple to avoid the situation. Just do not participate in Social Media. If one’s views are so strongly against it then they have are entitled and have the will power to choose not to engage in it. But this does not mean that it is bad for all people. Like the Facebook spokesperson mentioned, the point of Facebook is to provide a new, free and fun social media for those willing to participate. Just like how Chris Munn’s quote stated that his social life was fine without Facebook, I strongly believe that it works both ways. One can still enjoy and have a social life while having Facebook. It does not necessarily ruin the experience or joy of going out to new meet people. Looking at the situation positively, it somewhat enhances social life because after meeting someone in real life you have the option to stay connected with them by friending them. While some choose to look at the situation in pessimistic way, I choose to look at social media in an optimistic approach. Facebook is not a bad thing it just depends on how we choose to look at it.

Jessica Anne

This article opened up with a very interesting story about a man named Tyson Balcomb who deactivated his account due to an encounter with a woman he had never met, yet he knew everything about her because of what he had read on facebook. This is a bit of startling news and could make anyone feel uneasy, but it makes me wonder how common this is. I know friends who have told me about their crushes whom they have never met yet they knew so much about them due to facebook. To be honest, I would consider this a form of stalking. As the article states, “The norms, are shifting ” which makes one wonder if looking up other people is now part of the “norm.” It is also a bit frightening to think if you were on the other end and if someone researched you. This could go wrong in so many ways because what if there was an instance such as Tyson’s encounter with the woman and he did not tell her he knew anything about her, but introduced himself and used his knowledge of her with malicious intent. Other than that facebook and any other form of social media should be regulated. It is the responsibility of the individual to control themselves while using social media. Not to say that all of social media is bad, but because of the anonymity it can easily be manipulated to cause harm. I agree with Henry Hong’s comment about how we, “should not allow technology or Social media to control our habits and mentality.” This makes perfect sense because we are slaves to our phones we must check them every moment we can, it is especially true for students. Whether we are reading text messages or check facebook status updates, we must remember that there is a world beyond of cellphone screens and computer screens.

Gabriela Olague

Facebook as well as many other social networks can be seen through many different aspects. In my opinion I believe facebook can be total negative source of communication among individuals. The use of facebook has isolated people from one another. Instead of having a person to person dialogue they rather communicate through facebook. Even families tend to communicate through this social network instead of giving a call to one another. Also, anybody can have access to this social network, even children. There has been many cases were children make up fake identities in order to hide it from their parents, and this may lead on to many issues. Children may be exposed to any type of physical stranger and rapist, etc., in which can put children in danger. It is important to say that facebook does create many conflicts among individuals. Facebook is a social network were people are practically exposed to anything such as pictures, comments, even people can easily track you down as in they can easily know where to locate you. I myself have a facebook and I am aware of the conflicts this media can create. This social network typically is known for causing drama. There has even been cases were people even become addicted to this social network. Also parents as well as children tend to have a lack on concentration on their responsibilities they are suppose to take care of, because they are to busy on that social networks that takes up so much of their time. Facebook itself is a total disaster it takes an individuals privacy and exposes them to anybody out there. That is why I feel that facebook is not necessary.

Nelly Hernandez

In the article “The Facebook Resister,” Jenna Wortham is explores the reasons why some people still reject the idea of being part of the Facebook community. I agree with Wortham’s explanations of why some college-age people refuse to be part of Facebook, especially when she states that what seems unappealing to the public about Facebook is that it not only diminishes the amount of face to face contact we have with people as well as the bond we have with them due to judgment one might make after seeing their profile, but it also puts one’s privacy at risk. Another reason why agree that more people are resisting to use Facebook as a social tool is because indeed, Facebook has become outdated among the vast amount of social networks that have been created since Facebook came about. Facebook has certainly failed its former and resistant users to deliver something new to the site and it has in fact made it less appealing through the amount of adds posted all over the screen that makes it almost impossible to distinguish between your friends’ posts and advertisements. The site itself recognizes this issue through its attempt to reach new users in areas that Facebook has not been heard of and people do not have any expectations, instead of keeping its current users satisfied. Lastly, as Worthham explains, privacy is of great concern to Facebook resisters and the idea of someone being able to have access to your information, even when they are not your “friend” on the site, reflects on their lack of participation in this social network. Many of these Facebook resisters are also concerned that this social network can interfere negatively with their career since the site has failed to be able to guarantee that one’s professional life and social life can be kept separated. Moreover, Facebook creates unnecessary tension between people since we now live in a society where responding to a meaningless comment on a profile is valued more than having a sincere face to face conversation which makes it difficult to form a true bond with someone, especially during an age where the bonds we make are going to affect the rest of our true social (not virtual) life.

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