Peter Reynolds

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Facebook – It’s A Snide, Snide World

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I don’t know the name of the geek from Facebook who said that he wanted everyone on the planet to become a member of his website but he follows Adolf, Joseph, Benito, Francisco and other tyrants in having ambitions that must be thwarted at all costs.

Let me be clear, yes, you can find me on Facebook.  It’s true, with nearly half a billion members it is difficult to ignore it.  I use it to publicise this blog to as wide an audience as possible.  You can call me a hypocrite if you want but I don’t and won’t participate in the snide, puerile and thoroughly unhealthy relationships and lifestyle that it promotes.

Is This The Real Life Or Is It Just Fantasy?

If there are nearly a half a billion members on the site there must be at least a billion virtually identical photographs that consist of two or three faces (usually inane blondes at a party) pressed together cheek to cheek with vile grimaces or smiles.   If it’s supposed to be about individuals why does everyone look exactly the same, talk exactly the same and behave exactly the same?

There are now an extraordinary number of sad, dysfunctional people who live their life, vicariously and actually, on Facebook.  This, I believe, should be of great concern to all of us.  More than that, the site encourages behaviour that is dishonest, underhand and snide.  It’s not a force for good.  It’s a force for evil.  It’s a perversion and abuse of the internet, probably mankind’s greatest ever invention.

You know the sort of person who’d rather text than make a phone call?  It’s often very dishonest communication, the ideal way for a coward to make excuses, lie or deceive.  It’s said that 80% of communication is non-verbal and you certainly get a lot of that extra meaning over the phone.  You get none at all by text.  It’s just the bare, badly, carelessly or deceptively chosen words. Facebook goes even further, it encourages members to post messages and pictures so that they’re seen by third parties as well.  In fact, often the message or picture is posted mainly for their benefit, to embarass or annoy.  This is the real wickedness.  It’s already led to murders and countless, countless, arguments and disputes which have ended in violence.  Of course, it depends on you.   You or your friends can behave badly through any medium or face to face.  The point is Facebook encourages you to be snide.  It’s not nice.

I don’t know what the answer is.  I certainly wouldn’t be encouraging children to use it.  For many it’s already become a substitute for real life.  Its most well known deficiency is the way it makes you collect an ever greater quantity of friends with no regard whatsoever for quality.  My sons and all their real world friends have in excess of 1,000 Facebook friends.  I have 24 so that must make me – what?

There’s no doubt that there are business opportunities presented by Facebook. With that many members there’s bound to be.  In that context it’s not surprising that Cheryl Cole has 1,698,477 friends.  Mind you, Paul Macartney only has 11!

So I’ll be staying on Facebook but I won’t be participating in it.  I think it should have a big warning flash up on the screen every time you log in: “GET A LIFE”

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  1. i like this blog..


    May 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

  2. Excellent post. You said it like no other. FB gives me that uneasy feeling that something evil is indeed brewing. I have never seen such a popular service receive so much animosity and ill-will (not even Microsoft was this hated).

    It is like everyone feels that they have to use it, but deep down inside (in the pit of our stomachs where the human instinct resides) knows that the outcome will not be good at all.

    We are all just bowing down to the evil overloads…YIKES!!!!

    Alex Christoforou

    June 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  3. Alas, all too true.

    I do wonder if the 500m estimate is accurate though, I have two dormant accounts.

    Alan H

    October 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    • I read somewhere that membership might reach 1 billion by the end of this year!

      Peter Reynolds

      October 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm

  4. Only c.1.5bn on the internet and 1 bn of them on Facebook? I give up. I would like to resign my membership of the human race; clearly not worth saving.

    Alan H

    October 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

  5. reality is dissolving, merging with cyberspace – we are NOT anonymous… we are the BORG

    resistance is futile


    January 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

  6. I totally agree Peter. In my opinion people should communicate in person, they should have the courage to speak in a charming and honest manner to everyone they meet without fear of reprocussions. Having said that, I do text frequently, because it saves me time.

    The worst thing about smartphones is that sometimes when I’m down the pub, certain friends of mine are communicating electronically with people not at the pub, which means they’re not communicating whom their with.


    January 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  7. amen to that!!


    January 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  8. Yes I agree you should not be on Facebook


    January 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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