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Old 07-14-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Why you should deactivate your Facebook Acct

Sydney Morning Herald online published this reprint from Mashable this morning:

Why you should deactivate your Facebook account

In today's world, not having Facebook is akin to leprosy......

The existential crisis of the 21st century has become: "If something happens and you don't put it on Facebook, did it ever happen?"

Here are the 8 reasons why they say to ditch the account:

1. Unconscious addiction
2. Low self-esteem
3. The job hunt
4. Applying to university
5. The breakup
6. Facebook envy
7. Exam time
8. Privacy

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/d...714-2py1a.html

PS: I don't subscribe to Facebook
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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Other studies have shown that employers may believe a person not on Facebook is a psychopath, although that's one of the most extreme conclusions.
I stopped reading at this line - nobody with the ability to capably employ others is daft enough to make assumptions about a person's mental health based on the websites they frequent; if they are, nobody, social networker or not, should want to become their employee.

This article seems to make a big fuss over nothing - or, perhaps I simply don't befriend addictive people. My closest friends and my family members, myself included, are all fairly rare Facebook users. At least, compared to the "average" amount of Facebook time cited by this article - which I have trouble believing, but I suppose that people really can become addicted to everything.

I use Facebook in tandem with GoodReads, because I have bookish friends who use one and not the other. Aside from the occasional "check-in" posted by another person (you can tell the world where you are and who you're with), my Facebook wall is very rarely updated. I do check it a few times a week, as I have friends who have Facebook and don't have phones - Internet is often cheaper where I live. I check my messages, sometimes I have a brief scroll through my news feed, and I log off.

This article seems like a journalist clutching at straws on a slow day. "In today's news, human beings are narcissistic and obsessive! Coming up soon, the sky is blue!"
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:27 AM   #3
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I've given up giving up on facebook... some of my friends are so completely involved with it, that they no longer communicate by any other method. Pick up the phone? send an email? nope. Facebook or forget it. Pretty sad, but I want to keep the connection with these people and so it goes. For me, the line is drawn at LinkedIn, the spammiest social networking site on the net.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:10 AM   #4
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C'mon! The fact that this article exists on SMH, (regardless that it's a reprint from mashable), should indicate its horse-manure status.

Having said that, I don't subscribe to facebook either. I also like collecting bugs and staring at strangers for socially unacceptable lengths of time. Does that make me a psychopath?! Maybe... ok, whatever... the point is, I have people to stalk.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:10 AM   #5
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #6
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Why you should deactivate your Facebook Acct

I don't have a Facebook or a Twitter account. And a lot of my friends don't. I don't understand how this makes us psychopaths

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Not on Facebook? Employers, Psychiatrists May Think You're a Psychopath

There are more than 955 million Facebook users, and it could hurt you to not be one of them.

Some psychiatrists and employers now find it suspicious for an individual to keep off Facebook, reports The Daily Mail. That's because for today's young generation, having Facebook is considered "normal," while opting out is considered "abnormal."

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Old 07-15-2013, 08:59 AM   #7
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We psychopaths must stick together . I don't have a Facebook or a Twitter account either.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:04 AM   #8
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Here's what I know: I don't care in the least whether (rhetorical stranger) you does or doesn't use Facebook/Twitter. I'd appreciate it if (rhetorical strangers) y'all could find it in your hearts to reciprocate my indifference. Thanks.

The Facebook yea/nay discussions are just as meaningless as the Mac vs PC arguments (and in many ways more annoying). Don't be affected by what doesn't affect you.
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We psychopaths must stick together . I don't have a Facebook or a Twitter account either.
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As to communication with friends and "fb or forget it" - well, in my case it would be the latter; if Im not worth the time to return a call or email, then said friend is free to kiss me where the sun never shines.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:33 AM   #10
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As to communication with friends and "fb or forget it" - well, in my case it would be the latter; if Im not worth the time to return a call or email, then said friend is free to kiss me where the sun never shines.
It's probably largely a generational thing. I suspect that far fewer people in the 50+ age group (of which I'm a member) have FB accounts than is the case for the under 25s.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:39 AM   #11
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It's probably largely a generational thing. I suspect that far fewer people in the 50+ age group (of which I'm a member) have FB accounts than is the case for the under 25s.
I'm 60+, Harry, and so are most of my friends :-/ Not that I have a lot.

@ Freeshadow.. I would be mostly alone if I didn't have the facebook connection. The reasons for this are not for discussion here.
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It's probably largely a generational thing. I suspect that far fewer people in the 50+ age group (of which I'm a member) have FB accounts than is the case for the under 25s.
I'm 20 and my friends are between the ages of 20 and 23 and like I said in my earlier post we have neither. So I'm not sure it's a generational thing as I know people in their 40s and 50s who have Twitter accounts. People always assume that I have a Twitter account and when I tell them I don't they get really surprised as though they expect me to have one.
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So I'm not sure it's a generational thing as I know people in their 40s and 50s who have Twitter accounts.
So do I, but I also know a lot who don't, whereas all the young people I work with seem to spend half the day on Facebook . Perhaps I'm wrong - it's just an impression I get that older people are less likely to be into the whole "social networking" thing.
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So do I, but I also know a lot who don't, whereas all the young people I work with seem to spend half the day on Facebook . Perhaps I'm wrong - it's just an impression I get that older people are less likely to be into the whole "social networking" thing.
Don't know what you mean Harry, I like "social networking" - Pub's count right?

I haven't got the attention span to to use twit- ooh shiny
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