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Facebook Makes People Unhappy and Lonely

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:42 PM

Facebook, the social networking website was created to enhance global communication. However, it is now causing more loneliness and reducing satisfaction and happiness among users, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan.

Researchers claimed that the site is having a negative impact on people's interactions and perception about oneself.

http://www.universit...onely-study.htm

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:45 PM

Ok...here it comes...I told you so! :yes:

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:57 PM

That was my view from day one. Sometimes non verbal messages tells more then verbal. Sometimes friend need hugh. And cousin needs to hear that she have good parfume.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:17 PM

Never used facebook. Never will. As far as "social goes", UM is it for me.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:24 PM

Iv never used facebook, my family does but not me

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:30 PM

(From the article: "The researchers arrived at the conclusion after studying 82 young adults. Each of them had smart phones and Facebook accounts. They texted them at random times five times a day for two weeks. Each text message contained a link to an online survey with five questions:

How do you feel right now?

How worried are you right now?

How lonely do you feel right now?

How much have you used Facebook since the last time we asked?

How much have you interacted with other people "directly" since the last time we asked?"

82 is Pretty small sample size and I imagine being asked those questions 5 times a day for 2 weeks would make me dwell on the negative more than normal.

The research seems like it actually changed the results by attempting to measuring it.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:10 AM

I find it comical how people will post on FB every little detail of their lives. For example:
Someone on my friends list posted how they woke up at 5:00am and ate breakfast. :sleepy:

It's good to have some skepticism so you won't be gullible & naïve. But to much skepticism can make you arrogant & egotistical.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:43 AM

I've never had a Facebook account although some friends of mine do. I've never been tempted to join them, I've got no interest in letting the world know all about me, I like my privacy too much.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:05 PM

I created one months back, but I'm not at all an active user. There are pros and cons to it. For example, it might help you keep in touch with a friend across the world if you can't call each other much because of different time zones. One of my friends from work explained that to me when I said I wasn't a big fan of facebook and I saw her point. Personally, I don't care to hear every detail about everybodys' daily life. And then when a friend sent out one of those, "Now I know who my real friends are..." message that was clearly directed at me, my reaction for FB was, "OK, Bye!" It can be for a good cause, but some people turn it into a soap opera too.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:30 PM

Social media has completely skewed the definition of friend, and these replacement friends often don't know you or interact with you much at all other than liking a post you made, trolling you or passing  you a rutabaga in Farmville (or whatever veg they use... I don't know). When all you can say to your friend is 150 character blurbs, which you don't even use actual words for, how fulfilling a relationship can it be?

I see SO many people describe someone saying, "Hi!" to you randomly or making a bit of small talk in the check-out line or whatever as creepy. Being nice and friendly is creepy now. But online someone sharing that they had eggs for breakfast or sex last night is not creepy, because they like your page?

Interpersonal relationships are screwed. Of course it's depressing.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:02 PM

I've had an account since 2008 but rarely post anything.
I'm on it for the games really and although most games require "friends" to assist your progress, I think of these individuals as connections and don't need to share any personal info with them.
True, some Facebook users seem to be using it as some kind of public journal and it gets obnoxious sometimes. They might enjoy blogging but don't want to take the trouble to learn how to set one up. If I find it bothers me I just go to the settings mode and adjust their status removing them from my news feed.
It's not like you have no control over the input or output, using the privacy settings, you can post to a specific group or subgroup. Family, Close Friends, Guilds etc.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:41 PM

I get very distraught when my wife posts a comment or picture and 42 people like it, but when I do it's  3. "What the hell?!?!" Same kinds of pictures and comments Rrrrrrrrrrr. Not good for my self esteem...

Now I just text her the picture and she posts it.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:25 PM

The people criticising Facebook (and other social media sites) are the same kind of people who criticised the internet 20 years ago, or phones 100 years before that, or the printing press 500 years ago, the written word 5000 years ago, and, for all I know, spoken language itself half a million years ago (probably quite inarticulately, though).

Be proud to be a Philistine if you like, no one is forcing you not to be. Announce your resistance to change to all who will listen, and take satisfaction in doing so. It will make not a blind bit of difference.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:38 PM

hm. cyber space is pretty cool... and i guess it's a form of social interaction ..?   but  while  we're  "HERE"   we are alone? ..i mean, my wife is in the next room,  and  aside from all of you of course ,   i'm  alone .    So, basically, time spent in cyber space is time spent  alone? I can see how it could be considered  isolating.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:28 AM

View Postlightly, on 16 September 2013 - 11:38 PM, said:

hm. cyber space is pretty cool... and i guess it's a form of social interaction ..?   but  while  we're  "HERE"   we are alone? ..i mean, my wife is in the next room,  and  aside from all of you of course ,   i'm  alone .    So, basically, time spent in cyber space is time spent  alone? I can see how it could be considered  isolating.

This is getting off the FB subject but when you mentioned being alone but yet someone is present, I feel alone when someone is a few feet
away from me but texting on their cellphone.most of the time and very little verbal conversation. I see it everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I have
a cellphone myself but I don't feel compelled to be using it 24/7.

It's good to have some skepticism so you won't be gullible & naïve. But to much skepticism can make you arrogant & egotistical.




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