Today I stumbled across an article written by 13-year-old Ruby Karp who said that she has a Facebook account but none of her friends do, and I was shocked. I thought everyone at least had a Facebook account, even if they didn’t really use it. When I meet someone who doesn’t have FB, I’m concerned and feel like I can’t trust them for some reason.
Ruby went on to say that Facebook is sort of a problem because, “Let’s say I get invited to a party, and there’s underage drinking. I’m not drinking, but someone pulls out a camera. Even if I’m not carrying a red Solo cup, I could be photographed behind a girl doing shots. Later that week, the dumb-dumb decides to post photos from that “amazing” party. If my mom saw I was at a party with drinking, even if I wasn’t participating, I’d be dead. This isn’t Facebook’s fault, but it happens there.”
Ruby also said that her generation is more into simple apps like Twitter and Instagram, which I totally agree with. Facebook is becoming increasingly more complicated and is changing way too often for most of us to keep up. I really only use Facebook for work anyway. I’m primarily on Twitter or Instagram, and I think that Facebook is becoming kind of lame.
Do you know how hard Facebook makes it to change your privacy settings? With other outlets you can choose private or public, that's it. With FB, you have to jump through a million different hoops to make sure your pictures are private.
Do y'all use status updates anymore? I think that's what Twitter is used for. Usually the status updates I see are people ranting with more than 140 characters.
It Keeps Changing
Facebook can't just let things be. They keep changing things the second we get used to the last change. Just let us adapt for a second and maybe we'd use it more!
Facebook is a good way to keep all of your pics in one place, but you can't control what goes up of you. Ruby's right, it's frustrating to not have control over who posts something and tags you in it.
I get SO MANY event requests from things in different states. No, I don't want to come to your second cousin's band's gig.
OMG IF I GET ONE MORE REQUEST FOR CANDY CRUSH I AM GOING TO FREAK OUT.
Friends That Aren't Your Friends
How many of your Facebook friends are actually your friends in real life? With Twitter and other social outlets, it's more about interacting with people and having discussions so it makes sense to have "friends" that you don't really know.
Twitter does this sometimes too, and it's annoying. But Facebook does this ALL the time! You're just scrolling along your newsfeed and BAM! Sponsored post from something that doesn't even relate to you.
What do you think about Facebook? Do you use it often? Do you use other social networks more? Tell us in the comments!