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  • #31
    I have an account, and only about 30 friends. At first, it was a bit overwhelming. But I have learned to restrict feed from some people, and learned how to not get constant updates about games and crap that friends are playing. (I really don't care that you need to feed your virtual animals. I have my own real ones that I need to take care of.) I have a long list of people who would like to be my friends, but I really don't want to keep up with them all. I like having (in real life) a few close friends, and don't need to be in a popularity contest like middle school kids. I don't feel bad at all about not friending everyone who asks. People who actually know me understand why.

    Pluses - there are a few people, friends current and from the past that I have been better able to connect to. I enjoy the things that they bring up, usually health related, politics, injustices and other news worthy things. (It was through one of their links that I found MDA.) I belong to a couple of groups. One is mothers and otherwise "crunchy" people. Some are Paleo, some not, there are some great ideas, some not so great that I ignore. Another group is focused on the agrarian lifestyle. I joined a couple of groups for low cost/freebies but have since unjoined as the stuff they have is never free and isn't stuff that I am interested in following. I belong to a couple of closed homeschool groups. All in all, I prefer the closed groups so that stuff I post is not posted for everyone of my friends and family to see.

    Downside: I spend too much time checking to see what is new. I will probably need to downsize in groups that I belong to in the not distant future. There are some things I don't want to know. I don't need to know that your daughter broke up with her boyfriend. My parents might like it if I posted more photos of the kids, but I don't want them to have an online life yet. One friend did say that I needed to post more about my life, but really, I am very happy lurking in the shadows, speaking up when they have something that they feel is important to say. My life is not that interesting to my friends without kids, who have jobs, who are not homeschooling.


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      No pressure...


      • #33
        Fuck Facebook. Seriously, what an obnoxious waste of time it is. I deleted my account years ago, when it first started getting really annoying with all the "Feed" and notification crap. I've seen it plenty of times since and oh my gods, it's even worse than it was then.

        When I want to talk to my friends, I call them on the phone, write them an email or send them a text. I don't need to be updated with every inane life detail and shitty internet meme-of-the-day from everyone with whom I have even a passing acquaintance. I have real live things to do and real live people to see. And my social calendar is no emptier without it, because I have actual friends, who care about me, and who won't ignore me or forget to invite me to things just because I'm not on Facebook.
        Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

        My Primal Journal


        • #34
          I don't do FB and never have. I find the whole concept annoying and pointless. Those I care to keep in touch with I do so via phone, text or Skype.
          And what bugs me even more than FB itself are the frequent questions from acquaintances:

          Them: Do you have a Facebook account?
          Me: No. I don't get it and don't need it.
          Them: But you HAVE to get on there. It's absolutely awesome. You'll find old friends and school/work mates on there, and will be able to get in touch with them again.
          Me: And why exactly would I want to do that?
          End of conversation. LOL!


          • #35
            Last two posters - you seem a little angry Its just a web site that some enjoy.


            • #36
              I recently got a FB account. It has a fake alias, just like here. I'm a little surprised at how people don't realise that what they post is essentially in public.
              Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

              Griff's cholesterol primer
              5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
              Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
              TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
              bloodorchid is always right


              • #37
                I have one, but it's mostly so I can keep an eye on my (think they're) grown kids and because it's a good way for The Boyfriend's family to get to know me. I also use it to be updated on things like decent recipes, new studies and also to keep in the loop about career path I'm trying to get into.

                I don't do the whole obession thing, mostly because I don't have time to correct all of the stupidity I see. I've got past and current friends that are everything from uber-liberal vegan/LGBT activists to ultra-conservative pro-life Bible thumpers and everything in between. I can't possibly be patient with all of them, so I just limit my FB time.


                • #38
                  Originally posted by sarasue624 View Post

                  No pressure...
                  I'm a psychopath and unemployable? Oh, good grief.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


                  • #39
                    Make sure you click like on as many political related stuff as possible
                    Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
                    Starting Weight: 294 pounds
                    Current Weight: 235 pounds
                    Goal Weight: 195 pounds


                    • #40
                      I don't have a FB account and have no desire to get one. FB reminds me of those annoying Holiday newsletters families used to send out with Xmas cards; they seemed so impersonal, but at least they were only once a year whereas FB is constant. Maybe it works for people who have so many friends they can't possibly take the time to interact with them individually. Also if I've lost touch with people from my past it's probably not by accident. If some one really wants to to get in touch with me I'm sure they can find me.

                      RESIST SB!
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.


                      • #41
                        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                        I'm a psychopath and unemployable? Oh, good grief.
                        I don't have FB, I don't tweet, I don't have a cell phone, or cable TV. It's a good thing I don't have to worry about being employable. I can just go off and be a psychopath in peace then.


                        • #42
                          For me it's a necessarily evil. There was a time when I found it pointless and silly, and deactivated my account for years (joined in college when it was new). My siblings persuaded me to rejoin, which I did, because I do want to stay in touch with them and accepting that they're too lazy to email or call or visit. But will happily send msgs on fb. So now I use it to stay in touch with friends and family. Sometimes when I'm really bored I click around and read about people I haven't talked to in years. Kinda scary actually...


                          • #43
                            Originally posted by girlhk View Post
                            My siblings persuaded me to rejoin, which I did, because I do want to stay in touch with them and accepting that they're too lazy to email or call or visit. But will happily send msgs on fb.
                            (highlighted phrase bolded my me)

                            girlhk, even though I don't FB, I really have to give you kudos for making the effort. When I read your post, I actually got really upset for you... I am not even sure how to put it, but FAMILY that won't phone OR visit OR email?!?! Somehow I can't wrap my head around that.

                            My first inclination would be to say "screw them!" if they were my people. That probably makes you a better soul than I. I think it is the fact that your siblings evidently cannot be bothered to take the time to engage with you specifically and individually by searching you out for a visit or phone call to actually show you they value you.

                            I can understand getting wrapped up in one's life - happens to me as I raise my special-needs kid - but still... Wow.
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC


                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                              RESIST SB!
                              Not to worry. I've already lost interest again.

                              Hmm. Does not doing facebook count as "when primal has gone too far?"
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


                              • #45
                                I don't have a cell phone or cable tv either. Nor Facebook. Well, that's not true, I have a FB account that I set up when a friend of mine had his second grandchild, but after two pics of the kid, I never went back. That was so many years ago that I don't remember the password.

                                I'm not worried about employability since I have enough people worried that I'm becoming a shut-in that I could probably get mental disability fairly easily. Sometimes it pays to be crazy... er... eccentric.
                                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


                                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.