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Facebook is by far the largest social networking site in the world, with a userbase of 1.3 billion. The question is, why?

Facebook isn’t exactly a beloved institution, and yet it’s able to deflect most of the criticism that comes its way and hold onto its users. We need to investigate why this is the case, and we need your help to do so.

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We want to know, Why Are You Still Using Facebook? It’s a simple question, but one that may require some serious navel-gazing on your part. Essentially, we want to know what keeps you coming back to Facebook time and again despite your reservations about the site, its practices, and its influence over your life.

You see, there’s a strange phenomenon afoot at the moment, whereby almost everybody is on Facebook and yet almost nobody likes Facebook. At least 1.3 billion people around the world use the social networking site, but at times it feels as though 1.2 billion of those are complaining about Facebook.

There are constant complaints about changes to the service 8 Of The Biggest Changes From Facebook in 2013 [Weekly Facebook Tips] 8 Of The Biggest Changes From Facebook in 2013 [Weekly Facebook Tips] While the world stops to admire the big events and changes of 2013, the Facebook landscape is worth a look as well. Surprisingly, quite a lot has changed. Read More , the default privacy settings Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings - A Complete Guide Make Sure You're Secure With Facebook's New Privacy Settings - A Complete Guide Facebook also means two other things: frequent changes and privacy concerns. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Facebook, is that they’re not really concerned about what we like or our privacy. Nor should they... Read More , and the way Facebook treats Pages. And then to top it all off came news that Facebook has experimented on its users Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed What determines what is and isn't a top Facebook post? How often you interact with a person, topics you're interested in, how many likes or comments the post attracts, and – apparently – psychological experiments. Read More , altering their moods, and much more besides. This is unacceptable, if not legally, then at least morally and ethically How Do You Feel About Being In Facebook's Psych Experiment? [Weekly Facebook Tips] How Do You Feel About Being In Facebook's Psych Experiment? [Weekly Facebook Tips] You've probably heard about the latest scandal from the Facebook world: Facebook has been experimenting on users and playing with their emotions. Yes, really. Read More .

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And yet despite all this Facebook plows on like a juggernaut with no brakes. Google+ is utterly failing to compete, while Twitter is flatlining. When MySpace messed up, its users fled as fast as their legs could carry them, but the same fate has not befallen Facebook.

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All we need from you is one good reason why you still Facebook. Whether you’re a fan of Facebook completely unfazed by the criticisms or a crotchety critic shouting barbed comments from the balcony, please take to the comments section below and let us know what you love about Facebook.

We will use the comments received to compile a list of the reasons people have for sticking with Facebook. Whether it’s because Facebook is what you’re used to, that the alternatives all suck Is There Anything Left For Facebook Alternatives? [Opinion] Is There Anything Left For Facebook Alternatives? [Opinion] Being #1 is tough. For any sports fans out there, Facebook is the Patriots, Yankees, and Heat of its kind. The social network is so methodically "good" to the point that we're ready to jump... Read More , or that you have all your photos stored there, we want to know your personal reasons for sticking with Facebook.

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