A Lot of People Aren't On Facebook & Here's Why!

guy on computerLike every year, it was a big year for Facebook. Not only was the social media site the most searched for word on the Internet for the third year in row (really?), there are a lot of freakin' people on the site -- 800 million people to be exact. And, needless to say, that number is growing by the day. Statistics say Facebook will most likely reach the 1 billion mark sometime in 2012.

But, there's also a lot of people who aren't on Facebook. Six billion people to be exact. Shocking, I know. Who the heck are these people? And why am I married to one of them?

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All Facebook did a little research using the information of people who already have accounts, and here's what they deduced about those who don't.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the people who don't have Facebook accounts in the United States are those who are at or below the poverty line since they don't have regular access to computers and the Internet. Other people who are yet to jump on the bandwagon are professionals who don't want clients or patients seeing their accounts (understandable). And when looking at non-users from a global standpoint, countries like China, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea are off the grid, because the government restricts the site. Then there's my husband and some of my friends.

My husband lives in the good ol' U.S. of A., isn't at the poverty line, and has constant access to computers and smart phones. He's just not interested in Facebook. Plain and simple. Not even a little.

I know part of him doesn't want to go through the rigmarole of setting up a profile, posting photos, etc. But another part of him doesn't see the point. He'd rather be doing whatever it is he's doing -- working, watching TV, playing with our dog -- than wasting his time stalking people online. And I totally respect him for that; actually, I'm a even a little more attracted to him for it. But still, I could never.

When it comes to Facebook, I'm of the mind that once you're in, you're in. There's no turning back. For those of you who have quit it, I tip my hat to you, for I never could. Yes, it's a huge time waster, but it's something to do -- and it is a good way of keeping in touch with people you would have otherwise thought fell off the face of the earth. I'm not one of those people who updates constantly, posts 20 photos of myself after I went to the corner store, or who even checks Facebook daily. It's just nice knowing it's there. I know that should I need to, I can get in touch with pretty much anyone I'd like. Including Barack Obama. Because we're friends.

Also, it really is a fantastic time waster.

Are you on Facebook? Did you ever quit Facebook?

 

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