I think Facebook has worn out it’s welcome at my house. I’ve been so skeptical of it since first signing up a few years ago, after having my arm twisted. Since, my usage has gone in waves. I’ve enjoyed using it to hear what my friends out-of-state/country are up to, but over time I’m finding it less and less useful.
What is with using FB to to call others out or start arguments? I find internet muscles so unappealing. Several members of my family complain (or verbally attack) about their parents, children, siblings, cousins, etc. online – complaints that are posted for all their “friends” to see, including the one being called out. There’s something very passive aggressive about that. Even worse, the discussion that takes place is in front of all to see. Anyone who uses social media does have at least some “hey, look at me” qualities, but when it becomes hostile or disrespectful, I don’t have any tolerance for it. I've started blocking the posts of some of my family members because they were getting so irritating.
More recently, the political posts are becoming too much. It’s no secret, I’m a liberal, so the extreme right posts that are popping up on the newsfeed are driving me mad. Upon seeing some of the comments made by a few close friends I just feel deflated. How can we be such good friends and have complete opposite ideologies?
This month, FB began testing out their pay-for-posts plan on regular people. Apparently, businesses have been paying for posts for quite some time, but that would be considered part of their advertising I’d assume. Now, individuals who feel like their posts aren’t seen by enough of their friends, can pay $7 a post to make sure it is. Are you freaking kidding me? If i need someone to know something THAT badly, I can just call or email or text them. I wonder if people are actually paying for that.
So what does this all mean? It’s probably best to simply delete my account and wash my hands of it all. The problem is, the nosey side of me likes to read about what my friends are up to. Some of them are VERY funny and interesting, and I enjoy reading what they write – like I enjoy reading funny and interesting blog posts. Maybe Facebook can create a block button for posts that start arguments or have political leanings. That way I can just read the fun stuff.
On another liberal note, I found this article looking for the FB one. What is going on here? Who are these people that are running and getting elected into office. It’s truly frightening.