A recent phone call conversation with a deeply anti- social media proponent spawned this post. You’re welcome for all of the fury that you are about to experience.
I realize that social media is a relatively new and extremely fast paced, ever changing world, and that can be kind of scary for some people. However, making sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube out to be evil, is absolutely absurd, and, dare I say it, ignorant.
Granted, I can cite many situations where a social media website was used poorly, if not in a down right evil manner. The awful suicide story of Megan Meier who was cyberbullied by a friend’s mother on Myspace is one example. Another is the story of Jamey Rodemeyer, a teen living outside of my hometown, Buffalo, NY, who was openly and proudly homosexual, and often posted YouTube videos about it to help and encourage other homosexual youth. Anonymous hate posts telling him to die on a semi-popular social media site called Formspring, and constant bullying on YouTube and in school caused his suicide. Not mention, the great number of times that people, specifically those in the public eye, have posted discriminatory and/or racial content on Twitter.
Additionally, social media can be used poorly in other less fatal, but offensive, ways. Passive aggressive status updates are a teenage girl’s best friend. Opinions that should often be kept to yourself are often vomited all over our news feeds- save extremist thoughts for the the dinner table, no one wants to feel offended while trying to look through their friends vaca photos.
To quote my mother, “Everything can be used in a good or bad way. Breathing, eating… even sleeping! Sleeping could be used in bad or evil way too!” Although I can’t currently think of a way that sleeping could be seen as evil (Oh wait, I got it- sleep is definitely evil during exam week. So tempting and desirable, but so unproductive), she has a point! Even the most wonderful, beneficial, nicest thing in the world, intended only for good, could be turned around and used the wrong way. Just look at the Genie in Aladdin… once Jafar had control of him, everything went to shit.
Anyway, after this incredibly annoying phone call, I took to the Internet and Googled (naturally), “why people don’t like Facebook”. People, I struck gold. Say hello to sickfacebook.com. I encourage you to read some of the articles posted, but I have to warn you that you will probably lose a few brain cells in the process.
The best article I read, which also happened to be the first, was titled “6 Advantages of Not Using Facebook“. The only thing worse than the arguments made is the grammar. Keep in mind, this is listed as one of their “Popular Posts”.
I have decided to respond to this article and each of the six “advantages”. Sickfacebook.com, I hope that you read this.
1. Don’t Have To Worry About Privacy– Yes, it’s true, Facebook does have some privacy issues. However, for those of us high-function humans who know not to jump into a van driven by a man who’s offering us candy, were able to decipher when it’s a good idea or not a good idea to post something on our page. I like to call it common sense.
2. Facebook Is A Waste of Time– So is your web page. So is the majority of the Internet. HEY, that’s a good idea! GUYS I GOT IT! Let’s ban the Internet! We will all be SO much more productive.
3. Control Over Types of Conversation– You actually have to read the article to understand what the heck this means. Actually, I still don’t really get it. This one is just funny.
4. Avoid Higher Risk of Effecting Your Computer From Malware and Scams– In this part of the argument, the author states that some people click on links on Facebook that lead to scams… again, as long as you know not to cuddle with a knife at night you probably know not to click 2f./bylgi.crp for the lifetime supply of iPads that your ex best friend from kindergarten, who you haven’t talked to in seven years, randomly messaged you. Also, this brings me back to the idea I got in response to number 2- we should probs just get rid of the Internet altogether! YEAH!
5. Reliable Communication– Here the author explains that sometimes people don’t go on Facebook very often! So how the heck are you supposed to get a hold of them!? DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK IMMEDIATELY AND REPLACE THAT CRAP WITH A PHONE. Because you can’t have both.
I mean, really.
6. Can Keep Things To Yourself– Refer to number 1.
Yup, that’s it. Good one, right? But I think it’s actually serious.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone that truly hated Facebook? Or Twitter (see my last post)? How did you respond? Do you agree with any of these arguments, or have any of your own? I know I was pretty blunt in my responses, but I do really want to understand where you are coming from if you find yourself against the social media movement. Fill me in or back me up in the comments! Gracias!