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POLL Would the world be better off without Facebook?

Facebook- is it a net good or bad thing-
Does it promote a "me" culture?
Or does it connect people to each other?

Are we better off with or without Facebook-like social media?

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"Meh - probably the same" is my answer to almost every question smile001.gif

Hellbent Level 6 Nov 30, 2017
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Facebook used to be about keeping up with friends and family, but lately I'm seeing very few posts from friends and my "liked" pages are dominating my newsfeed. I find myself checking FB a lot less frequently, and really use Messenger more than FB. I kind of think overall we'd be better without social media at all, because I don't think it's enriching people's lives. It feels very egocentric and reinforces that perspective (not to mention how it bolsters confirmation bias). If I didn't have Facebook over the last decade, what would I have missed out on of value? Cat memes, random pokes, and Farmville?

resserts Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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pokes you

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I keep in touch with more people with less effort than I did in the past as well as being aware what most of those people are up to in their lives. I find value in that. Otherwise, they'd be unknowns to me most of the time. There are some drawbacks I understand but up to now I think I can adequately deal with them.

SamL Level 7 Dec 1, 2017
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I do use Facebook daily, but I don't think of it as a necessity (my life has not changed one bit for better or worse since I signed up)...I do, however, think that it has opened a pathway for people to become LESS social [yes, I realize that I'm saying that "Social Media" is making people less social]...now, instead of meeting people face-to-face and talking (whether about issues or just visiting), they can be as rude, overbearing and obnoxious as they want with almost total anonymity. It has also become, unfortunately, a platform for naïve (or just plain ignorant) people to vent their spleen at those who don't share their exact belief system.

twitch Level 4 Nov 30, 2017
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I’ve met people on fb who were pivotal in helping me away from theism and woo.
I was a silent audience member in a religious debate group on fb for a couple years before engagaing and eventually becoming an admin, what I gained from that experience is incredibly valuable to me.
Some of the people I met there have become friends IRL and many that I still haven’t met, I consider close friends.

My atheist parents grief group is there as well, and I need that support.

I go on to my son’s profile daily.. leave a heart or a song or a love note when I need something that feels like him..

I met my current boyfriend on fb.
I dig a lot of the neuroscience and humor pages that I follow, too.

And, I think all the points made here are valid, I simply refine my fb experience so that I can both be of service and learn.


AMGT Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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That's a perspective I wouldn't have thought of! Thanks. I'm glad it's service is of use to you.

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You guys are intellectuals, so let me share a troubling, but interesting video(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFTWM7HV2UI). In it she talks about how Facebook is a cog in the wheel of polarization, why they do it and even a reasonable start as to how. Personally I would MUCH prefer this site remain completely non-profit/non-prophet for the reasons she describes.

That being said, Facebook is another space to engage with people and as a large community, it does have value.

DJVJ311 Level 6 Nov 30, 2017
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Answering honestly, facebook actually isnt the problem, we are. as humans we tend to make things Dark.

twshield Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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I miss MySpace to be honest.

ViscoInferno Level 3 Dec 1, 2017
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how was that different /better?

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MS wasn't as cooperate as FB is. It really was more about being social and communicating with friends. I suppose FB can be and still is that, but there is so much BS with the sharing of "news" stories and all the ads. I think MS was just simpler.

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I’m more social because of it. I’m able to connect daily with friends and family, that normally I wouldn’t talk to for long times due to my anxiety and whatnot and not leaving the house.

I love the pages I’m subscribed to. Lots of science, archaeology, geology. I don’t follow much else. A few atheist sites.

I got into MySpace, and then Facebook, to stalk my kids. Lol

I only have a few dozen ‘friends’. And only two people on my list that I’ve never met in person.

Annaleda Level 6 Dec 1, 2017
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Facebook would be better off without facebook

davtim68 Level 6 Nov 30, 2017
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lol

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I voted better without.
I'm as guilty as anyone about spending too much time on there.
I feel too much time is wasted on there that could otherwise be spent doing something in the real world.

Paul628 Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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My ex signed me up years ago, and I laughed at her.

Now, it's invaluable to me!

I move and travel around so much that it's the only way people can keep track of me. Not to mention, it's where I store all of my photos. smile001.gif

Kreig Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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It certainly helps people communicate but leaves out a certain human touch in communication.

Bucky12 Level 5 Nov 30, 2017
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It isn't much different from any other social media platform.

Maya405 Level 6 Nov 30, 2017
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there are goods and bads, but.. people would call more

Psilovybin Level 5 Nov 30, 2017
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I use FB quite a bit,I can connect with a lot of people with common interests from all over the world while living in a rural area and doing work that requires me to step back to rejuvenate. If a person bothers me enough I just block them. leave the group. unfolow or whatever.Like moving to a different room at the party



btroje Level 7 Dec 7, 2017
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I say Meh, Probably The Same...

I think life was great before Facebook as a general. We called, Emailed, Wrote and went to visit each other and that was a great thing. I only have people I know personally on my Facebook page and I do that for a very specific reason for keeping the chaos and drama down in my own life. I don't need people posting strange things or starting little drama fights over differences of opinions with my friends or family If I don't actually know them myself. I can account for everyone on my Facebook page. I like that we have Facebook to have brought us together with people we may have lost contact with. Facebook helps me in many ways as I have issues getting up and leaving the house. If I am not going to class or Therapy I am usually at home. I have severe problems with my anxiety and depression.

I also like that Facebook is a great networking tool also. It helps people get jobs, get around and advance. There are a lot of great things that have come from having Facebook. There have sadly been a lot of bad things as well.

Mplsguy80 Level 3 Dec 2, 2017
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I really don't know as everything is a double-edged sword.

LeighShelton Level 6 Dec 1, 2017
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Sure seems to be the case.

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If they don't use FB they will use some other media. I like Facebook but I'm slowly using it less. I keep thinking that the more they post, the lonelier they are. I want to close my account but sadly I need social media to sell things online!

GeekLeen Level 6 Nov 30, 2017
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I myself don’t use Facebook that much but some people seem obsessed with it.

Harleyman Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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it has its use. if it was not called face book it would be something else. it gave people a chance to post things without media spin, much needed for the elections.

MichaelSpinler Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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Facebook is fantastic at bringing like-minded people together, which is something the whole world needs. It’s far from perfect, can be addictive, but it definitely has a place in the world and I hope it progresses getting better with time.

Hugene2002 Level 7 Nov 30, 2017
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