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    Overall threat of Facebook to Society:

    Time Expenditure
    Energy/Effort Expenditure
    =Low Productivity

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    Good point about the polarization. I like it a lot, but I totally respect that it isn't for everyone. It wouldn't even occur to me to evangelize about it like some people have reported experiencing. I wouldn't appreciate that, either. And yet, it seems perfectly acceptable to evangelize the opposite point of view. (Not that I think those who have voiced their displeasure with FB in this thread are evangelizing- you were asked, after all.)
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    It disturbs me slightly that people actually think "highest security setting" means anything... Nothing you post on the Internet is secure, stop kidding yourselves.
    Eg. Five hidden dangers of Facebook (Q&A) | Security - CNET News

    I hate Facebook, not just because it is frighteningly insecure (even dangerous), but because it both trivialises and commodifies "friendship". Because if I want to keep in touch with certain people I am coerced into joining their private public circus. It is the opposite of intimate, the opposite of what friendship means to me. Because it is actually changing our culture in tangible ways - making it more superficial, more stupid, more exhibitionistic, more cynical. When I look at it all I see is a tool for the exploitation of the vulnerable by the corrupt. I loathe everything it stands for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Schnitzel View Post
    Filtering out games takes about 5 seconds. Whenever you get an application in your news feed hover your mouse over the update and press the x on the right hand corner. Then it will give you the option of blocking the person or just the game from your news feed.
    Awesome! No more Scrabble updates!

    Quote Originally Posted by A Schnitzel View Post
    The pages can be a real problem if you have teenage girls as friends and there's no way of hiding them unless you hide the rest of the person's updates.
    Not so awesome, although there's a few people I'm considering breaking contact with altogether... too many people on my friends list that I've met once somewhere and never, ever talk to.
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    I hate Facebook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    I'm on it - but I don't use it.
    Same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Good point about the polarization. I like it a lot, but I totally respect that it isn't for everyone. It wouldn't even occur to me to evangelize about it like some people have reported experiencing. I wouldn't appreciate that, either. And yet, it seems perfectly acceptable to evangelize the opposite point of view. (Not that I think those who have voiced their displeasure with FB in this thread are evangelizing- you were asked, after all.)
    It's something I've experienced in real life but never online, that people will be anti-facebook and even try to get friends or partners to delete their accounts, I'm not talking parents concerned about their kids here but adults and not the perhaps obvious conclusion of one control freak trying to isolate the other partner either.

    Although I've tended to see that as a technology thing, internet users versus none users, some of the people who I've talked to have told me that they'd use their phones less, make less calls to people, write less letters, call around to peoples houses less if they used the internet like me. That's true. I think its part of the reason I dreamt up the time discipline deal about only going online once daily and using the net less than TV, TV less than books, books less than alternatives like socialising or hobbies.

    On the other hand I know there are people who I'd not be in contact with where it not for the easy of use of the chat function on FB and those people and the random chats that I do have with them are uplifting too. Especially if there's nothing else going on and I cant exactly call to their houses, ring them up and what not because of social norms or mores which would make that seem like an odd thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Although I've tended to see that as a technology thing, internet users versus none users
    LOL. That's not it.

    If I wanted a social networking app, I'd write one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    It disturbs me slightly that people actually think "highest security setting" means anything... Nothing you post on the Internet is secure, stop kidding yourselves.
    Eg. Five hidden dangers of Facebook (Q&A) | Security - CNET News
    I think you're assuming a lot about what people want regarding security.

    As a college teacher, all I want is for my students to not be able to find me on FB--with the highest security setting, they cannot. As for the other stuff, I use Google on my phone to call free internationally, and I'm making an informed choice about that one too. Everything has its pluses and minuses.

    BTW, timely XKCD on this subject xkcd: Password Reuse
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    *Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    I hate Facebook, not just because it is frighteningly insecure (even dangerous), but because it both trivialises and commodifies "friendship". Because if I want to keep in touch with certain people I am coerced into joining their private public circus. It is the opposite of intimate, the opposite of what friendship means to me. Because it is actually changing our culture in tangible ways - making it more superficial, more stupid, more exhibitionistic, more cynical. When I look at it all I see is a tool for the exploitation of the vulnerable by the corrupt. I loathe everything it stands for.
    Do you think it is really facebook that is doing this, or is it just that people are doing it and using facebook as their tool? How much credit/blame do you put on facebook itself and how much on people just being shallow and trivial, regardless of what it is connecting them to each other?

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