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Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:48 AM

Do you think facebook makes society worse?


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No
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Reply Do you think facebook makes society worse? (Original post)
ColinC Nov 2021 OP
Ocelot II Nov 2021 #1
ColinC Nov 2021 #3
2naSalit Nov 2021 #9
AZProgressive Nov 2021 #2
brooklynite Nov 2021 #4
ColinC Nov 2021 #5
Celerity Nov 2021 #17
OAITW r.2.0 Nov 2021 #6
Maru Kitteh Nov 2021 #7
elleng Nov 2021 #8
Demobrat Nov 2021 #10
NewHendoLib Nov 2021 #11
HipChick Nov 2021 #12
leftstreet Nov 2021 #13
PoindexterOglethorpe Nov 2021 #14
sop Nov 2021 #15
Tomconroy Nov 2021 #16
DFW Nov 2021 #18
betsuni Nov 2021 #19
Buckeyeblue Nov 2021 #21
GoCubsGo Nov 2021 #27
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 2021 #20
brooklynite Nov 2021 #26
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 2021 #30
brooklynite Nov 2021 #31
sinkingfeeling Nov 2021 #22
Bettie Nov 2021 #23
Sympthsical Nov 2021 #24
LetMyPeopleVote Nov 2021 #25
Ron Obvious Nov 2021 #28
LiberalFighter Nov 2021 #29
Decoy of Fenris Nov 2021 #32
jcmaine72 Nov 2021 #33

Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:49 AM

1. Yes, but not just Facebook - they might be the worst, but social media in general

has turned out to be a total cesspool.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:51 AM

3. Agreed.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:19 AM

9. +1

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:50 AM

2. I think all the major sites do

Especially if they are poorly moderated which they usually are.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:56 AM

4. Ugly hatred has always found a way to express itself and will continue to do so...

...at least Facebook has cat videos.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:57 AM

5. I quit Facebook when they became too hard for me to find.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 06:03 AM

17. It is the algorithms that scientifically radicalise, plus the sheer scales of economy

that FB employs and posseses that make it such a unique and massive threat. I would say the same for most major social media platforms, but FB is the grand old bull elephant of sociopolitical destruction.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 12:58 AM

6. Never joined.

Maybe to my regret....I've missed a lot of inter-family communications. But I have enough internet time wasters. (Looking at you DU).

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:00 AM

7. Internals show Facebook thinks Facebook makes society worse.

Why would I argue?


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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:16 AM

8. No, but F-x does.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:20 AM

10. If undermining self esteem and exacerbating dissatisfaction

make society worse, yes.

According to Facebook everybody but me is living a perfect life of loving relationships, financial success, joyful holidays and wonderful vacations.

I stopped posting in 2009 because I couldnít keep up. But I did spend some lockdown time looking up people from my past. Everybodyís life is perfect. Didnít expect that.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:20 AM

11. FB, IG, Twitter, TikTok. All of them. absolutely

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:21 AM

12. No...FB and social media are ok

It's the users hat make for a poor experience of the tools

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:22 AM

13. No. But corporate news does

Interactive social media is the peoples media.

Corporate one way media has made society worse

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 01:57 AM

14. It depends.

It mainly depends on how you handle Facebook.

I am glad for FB for things that are highly personal, and allow me to be in contact with others who matter to me. How can I say this? When my son died more than four years ago, it was Facebook that got the news of his death to his friends. And enabled the planning of a memorial in his community.

Around 200 people came to that memorial. Most of them would not have even been aware of his death without FB. Honestly, it was a wonderful memorial. We held a raffle of his various possessions, which turned out to be joyous. His many t-shirts, most of which were from the various Ultimate Frisbee tournaments he attended, were well received.

Without Facebook, it would have been a vastly lot longer for his many friends to know he had died.

This is why I am a fan of FB.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 02:02 AM

15. Whenever any business puts profits over people, not just Facebook, society always suffers.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 05:47 AM

16. I think society makes facebook worse.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 06:20 AM

18. I don't spend enough time there to have the slightest idea. n/t

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 06:37 AM

19. People make society worse.

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Response to betsuni (Reply #19)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 07:00 AM

21. Yes. Facebook gives them a vehicle to be ugly without doing any leg work.

Throughout history humans have been petty horrible. So we continue this trend. Facebook gives people an easy way to express their ignorant hate. These people otherwise would be too lazy to actually work to get out their message.

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Response to betsuni (Reply #19)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 03:52 PM

27. Yep. Facebook and other social media outlets are merely

the black light you shine on the sofa that exposes all the nasty stuff, as John Fugelsang says. The Internet, in general, has been awful for decades. What one sees on Facebook today is no different than what we saw in the comments sections of articles on Yahoo! 25 years ago. It's why most sites that allow comments have moderators now. There will always be racists, misogynists, and bigots of every stripe, who will spout their hate wherever they can. It's easy when they can do it under the cover of anonymity that many outlets allow.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 06:44 AM

20. Social media helps to destroy humanity's natural way of communication, ie face-to-face....

or at a minimum, hearing a human voice on the phone. It also binds people to very large corporations by having to pay big monthly phone/internet bills. In other words, people now have to pay a monthly bill for their emotional health.

Lack of touch and lack of seeing and talking to people in-person is very unhealthy for humans. Social media tends to minimize those things due to human laziness, ignorance and complacency.

I remember the days when people used their telephone mostly in brief conversations to set up direct human contacts and when we got to see our family and friends, our hearts were uplifted in ways that nothing else can.

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 02:18 PM

26. So the best way to communicate is with the people immediately around you......

..or other people who's opinions you already know?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #26)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 08:36 PM

30. No, and my post does not suggest that.

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #30)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 12:15 AM

31. Your quote:

Öhumanity's natural way of communication, ie face-to-face.... or at a minimum, hearing a human voice on the phone


Unless you think I should phone total strangers, thatís going to limit my exposure.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 09:31 AM

22. And I dislike Twitter and Instagram as well.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 09:55 AM

23. I think society held up

a mirror or a magnifying lens to who people really are.

Some of them turned out to be horrible.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 10:24 AM

24. Human psychology just isn't set up for social media

The more experience I have with social media, the more I realize our brains are being manipulated. Remember, all those algorithms are there to get the dopamine hits, ping the outrage and fear mechanisms, and generally create a generalized state of anxiety and tribalism.

We've made it very, very easy to form a mob mentality about things you wouldn't even think could generate it. The Internet could be a tool to become more informed and see many different perspectives. Instead, I find the more time people spend cocooned in social media among preferred groups, the less they actually know about things.

Studies are bearing this sort of thing out.

At least it's interesting reading.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 02:13 PM

25. Water is also wet

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 03:56 PM

28. It doesn't have to be, but it does

It's the dopamine-feeding algorithms designed to keep people in information bubbles and to constantly feed their outrage.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sat Nov 13, 2021, 04:12 PM

29. There community standards are worthless.

They use AI to identify violators which calls into question their ability to monitor their site.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 03:21 AM

32. No. By and large, society has been enriched by FB.

 

I'm isolating the political lies (although there are indeed many of them) and focusing on the more positive; The hobby-lovers, the sports-enthusiasts, the "Crocheting" groups, and any number of other isolated groups of people seeking like-minded interaction with those who share their passions.

Fully 60-75% of Americans don't give a single shit about politics or the lies we love to rail against, and that's nothing to be said about the rest of the world that uses Facebook. FB as a networking software has done wonders, and in many ways is the template for human interaction on the Net.


If people want to find something worth condemning, I can name twenty websites that have done -far worse- than Facebook, dating back as long as my semi-recent memory, where snuff films and pictures of violent death and radicalization have sustained themselves.

By comparison, Facebook is a godsend.

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Response to ColinC (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 03:42 AM

33. I can't think of anything that has contributed more to the ongoing

isolation and Balkanization of our society than so-called "Social Media". Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, et al

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