8 Reasons We're So Over Facebook

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I thought maybe I was the only one totally over Facebook, but apparently not. A new survey says that Facebook users are down 5% in the past six months. This is bad news for the network, which is counting on new users to justify its IPO to investors. CEO Mark Zuckerberg now has other people to answer to when things aren't going well, and things are not going well!

But why aren't they? Facebook is still the largest social network, with 835 million users worldwide. And many of us keep checking in with it because most of our friends and family are on it. However, I think a lot of us are using it less. I even know a few people who have logged off entirely.  Here are 8 reasons we're so over Facebook.

Secretive. Facebook continues to pull shady moves on its users, changing privacy settings without notice, giving our information to advertisers and god only knows who else. The latest shady move comes with the site changing our contact email to a Facebook email without even telling us. I don't even know how to check my @facebook.com email, do you?

Being used. We're now being used as spokespeople for various companies via those ads on the right side of the page that tell us things like "Katie likes Samsung Mobile." Personally, I don't like being used as an unpaid spokesperson. Which is why I don't "like" much of anything anymore unless I have to.

Everyone on it. There was a time when knowing everything your best friend ate that day was exhilerating. Or knowing each and every burp and diaper change of your cousin's baby was amazing. Not anymore. We are burnt out.

More from The Stir: 10 New Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

Alternatives. There are now many other ways to keep up with friends, family, and interests. Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. And they're a lot less invasive and sneaky.

Employers. A lot of them are blocking Facebook access. And we discovered we didn't mind.

Billions. Did anyone else love it when Zuckerberg and his early investors made billions off the IPO -- made billions off of US and our information? I didn't.

Timeline. Many of us didn't want this change that was forced on us. Although I still see people with the old profile, which makes me wonder if it was all one big threat. Another instance of Facebook being shady and untrustworthy.

Not new anymore. Just like most things, except soap and toilet paper, there comes a time when a product becomes old hat and people get bored with it.

Do you use Facebook less than you used to? Why?

 

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Meg Moore

i didnt like timeline at first and now i love it..i love making life events anb what not..


 

JAFE JAFE

I like the Timeline now too. I like the pictures part. You can look through all the pics and just close the box with the X and be where you were. What I hate is the constant changing of the setting and no, I have no idea how to check the "free email" they gave me. Is that where all my notifications are going? Because they aren't coming to me or anyone I know.

mustb... mustbeGRACE


Facebook has too much power. Sure, it's a private company, but it is so entrenched in the culture and so financially powerful as to represent a monopoly.


It's a place where you cannot have anonymity  and therefore are censored by an entity that may or may not agree with your opinion about a situation, dependong on how babified the local whiners may be.


As with CM, you'd better have the "correct" and "tolerant" view on current hot-button issues, or you're OUTTA THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


How's that for tolerance?


banan... banana-bear

I left FB for basically all of the reasons you posted. Another big reason: people complaining about their oh-so-hard lives when really, they are better off than millions of people right now.

jessi... jessicasmom1

yes far less than I used too and No I don't know my @facebook email ........either 

JoyfulJ JoyfulJ

I have a love/hate relationship with facebook.


I love that I can ask questions of friends I don't think are important enough for a call, and I don't want to bother with a txt that they may have to pay for. I also like that I can find out what is going on with my favorite companies. But I do get tired of the monologe of daily existance, I don't need an update every 20-30 minutes unless there is something important going on...i.e. the baby is born! or he is out of surgery and is doing fine. It is so much easier to make important anouncements without a lot of time on the phone or elaborate systems set up.

Liz132 Liz132

The only reason I keep my FB anymore is to keep up with friends and family who don't live close by, to see pics of their kids and such

choli... cholita1978

I keep Facebook only because I can keep up with friends and family, but I do check the privacy settings constantly to see of any changes.   Under privacy settings you can actually set it so that FB doesn't use you as an spoke person for their ads, who can see or not see your friends list or any info at all (yeah you have to click each one, it's annoying but if you don't want all your info out there then you have to take the time to do it) or get out of it.

Grace... GraceBryant

facebook is for the losers......

Kristina Tramel

As a military wife I have facebook to keep in contact with my husband when we are apart and when I visit him overseas I use it to talk to my family. Nothing anyone says is going to make me close my facebook account. I have all my privacy settings up so I'm not worried.

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