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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.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You ResultsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post!

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Janosanfran
    October 15, 2014 at 3:24 am

    My family, and closest friends are easy to keep up with, but I only see my "group" once a year, on Carnaval Day in my city.
    Facebook was, and still is magic to me, because I can follow these people, see what shows they're performing in, where they're dancing and listening to their (my) music. I shoot a Carnaval video every year, and Facebook is by far the best way to share it widely, with the people who are performing in it. We can all see what the winning contingents looked and sounded like. Contingent Leaders can see what the other contingents looked like, sometimes getting inspired by what they see.
    When someone in the group becomes my friend, we can enlarge our circle of friends, making our group more and more complete. Few of these people will ever be close friends, but being on Facebook, we can share each others' lives.

  2. joandykema
    September 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Because I like the ease of using it. I don't appreciate being forced to use something in which I'm not interested. You can take off the news feeds, sports, games and all the other nonsense cluttering my yahoo home page and give back bookmarks and face book.

  3. guess
    August 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Before "social media," I easily made income via the internet, whether from selling or auctioning things, or finding gigs/jobs/paid assignments posted online. I began going online when Prodigy began... The more and more people and begin accounts and sites, the LESS real and important information seems to be online AND offline. The internet is controlled by organized crime and hackers (from junior high, harmless hackers, to high-level governmental and private hackers.) They don't give a fk. They will slander, libel, try to kill, lie, cheat, rape, kidnap, assault, blitzkrieg upon anyone they want to. For any reason. I am sent death threats every day. All the things I worked 30 years on have been stolen , copyright illegally transferred to identity thieves, my friendships, professional relations and reputation, personal relations, family relations, and more have almost all abandoned me due to the hackers' millions of sites making me seem like an evil, stupid, gullible, idiot, slut, liar, stalker, malingering injuries and such to try to get money from people and the government... I HATE social media. Friendster and MySpace WORKED for me. Talent networking sites GOT ME WORK. I WON legit writing contests, photography contests, etc. Cash, real, reputable. I obtained SO much via online that I spend about 8 years never even watching TV but only using the internet for all forms of media, etc. When Facebook and others took off, I was so anxious I vomited a few times while on Facebook. I still try to maintain reputable, legitimate helpful sites, reviews, referrals online. But no one wants to read or hear me due to the hideous lies and stolen content and dragging my character through the mud SIMPLY because some sick males become badly obsessed with me, either to HATE ME, or because i "rejected* them. Due to Facebook, I have had almost everything stolen from me, and I don't think I can reverse the damage they have done unless the Internet is " kill switched" or somehow all these negative and harmful things are removed. I am said I am evil, I am the devil, I am god, I am not real at all, I am worthless, all my EVERYTHING is free for all and I don't have to be protected by basic laws. One of my goals is to take down the internet everywhere, so it reduces its meaningless power and is considered similar to a tabloid magazine, pre planned game shows, or gambling in Vegas (it is fun for awhile but don't rely on it for profit or positive networking.) One more thing, o told tkuvnot to hack my stuff nor impersonate me etc. Why? Because you aren't the only ones, but also by your ENEMIES, law enforcement, governments, people and groups of all different types. I merely mind my own business online but they even block me from trying to male $10/day. Because of FB ans all the info stolen from it, I am at least $800,000 in debt from fraud and add a HUGE sum to that for a the physical and other incurable damage they caused attacking me in real life, ruining my works but messing them up or deleting then or stealing them.

    I am still creating... But now, my works are not gong to make hackers or stalked happy at all. Because I now expose them, out them, and allow THEIR information to be stolen. (I have a lot of their info.)

    I want the best for reputable people and businesses. I want the internet thugs to realize I am not the type of person they underestimated me to be and I wear a velvet glove over an iron fist. They have destroyed my resources, my opportunities, my reasons to be ME. I tell my side, and get accused even more, as stated, put in hospitals.

    I am done with the BS. I don't care what I say, where, when , how, or why. I do what I want and don't do what I do not want to do. Stop acting like I am a terrorist, gang member, cop, scorned woman, murderer, etc. Perhaps YOU ARE. I am NOT those things. To use FB for harming and killing and ruining people makes you a loser, chump, sociopathic piece of trash. Ans I don't care WHO, you will get caught sooner or later. Leave me alone unless you are 100% without bad ulterior motives against me etc. You broke my life, now you have to pay to fix it.

  4. Andrew
    August 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Honestly its because I have tons of pictures on it that I dont want to lose, and im unaware of how to get them all. Im also a fan of the ability to make events and invite ppl to them. If I had my pics though id say to hell with fb and shut er down

  5. John Jokinen
    July 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I'm not 100% totally sure about this, but one thing I have learned that whatever can go wrong, it will go wrong. I use Facebook to contact people in other places and countries. They do not prefer e-mails and they know nothing or very little about other possibilities such as Private Messaging Applications. Let's talk about video- and messaging chats, are they private after all? Just thinking? What if someone records them. Records your life and you will end up on somewhere, and even as an edited version of you, you even not knowing about it. Someone getting money, laughs or anything at all from your video chats, msgs, likes and overall from your profile that they create from all of your activities. I know, I use it too (not the video of course, but the msgs). I wish people would understand the use of Pidgin and other secure chats, but they don't want to learn about them, so it doesn't matter if one person knows about them when all the other people are dumb as fucks and let the Facebook own them, sorry, not to be rude, but maybe many people are just ignorant about this thing called privacy and what it really means and simply maybe they do not care? Facebook is an open book and everything will be stored there. If they own everything, they own You as your information (whatever you post, chat, video chat, like, dislike - sound like creating a profile about people and putting them into some categories? Sound familiar when thinking what has happened in the history of the world?). The only thing they do not own is your thoughts, but wait for a while, some years and that is also true. Scifi or not, that's the future and you can't do anything about it, when they promote the microchips to people and everybody wants to use them as a cool gadget, when it's actually an enslavement machine to everybody. Sad but true! Just some thoughts, I will not care, because I have a Protector, we all have if we want and all these things will be destroyed in the end. So, does it even matter after all? You be the judge to that and be mindful what is the sole purpose of Facebook or any social network after all. I have tried to help people to understand the importance of the Privacy of an Individual by telling them to use software to encrypt everything, it's not really that hard even. Nobody just doesn't care. Maybe nobody cares when the world knows everything about you when it happens, maybe it's too late, like a frog boiling in the water pan after hours of cooking. Maybe it doesn't matter then anymore, we are already cooked. I like my cooks with chili anyways ;)

    • guess
      August 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Agreed.

  6. Niko Käst
    July 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Three reasons... though I DO hate it, are:

    1. Because of its 1.3 billion users: making it easy to contact and keep in touch with people, some who may have been long lost to me otherwise.

    2. Because the integration of the "Sign in with Facebook" feature and the availability/ubiquity of its many other frameworks (including web development tools built on the Facebook platform) throughout the web, eliminating the need to register with other sites services or keep track of additional usernames/passwords. Others are employing and expanding upon these strategies, and while I don't know who started the trend, it is an invaluable tool for both web users and developers.

    3. Because better alternatives either don't exist yet or simply haven't gained enough traction to make the switch elsewhere.

  7. Z
    July 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    All my friends are on FB. Most of them are in other places but not all together. It's easy/ Why start over?

  8. Andy
    July 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    It's pretty much simply because that's where everyone is. In fact, I stubbornly avoided getting an account until only a few months ago, but with many people, it's the only way I have to keep in touch. Sure, I enjoy some of the discussion groups and such, but if most of my friends and family were on G+, I'd have signed up to that instead.

  9. Rushinth John
    July 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I use Facebook of course to socialize and to share stuff with all of my friends at the same time I would like to do the same and lot more at Google+ and Twitter but all of my friends on Facebook either are not on Google+/Twitter or don't use those platforms as frequent as Facebook. This is the case for most users and everyone ends up being glued to Facebook. Besides the Facebook UI is universal like its part of everyone's life.

  10. dave
    July 17, 2014 at 12:13 am

    It is very simple. I stopped using Facebook when they introduced the timeline. It wasn't just to do with that though, I was sick of the amount of hours I would waste procrastinating on it but more importantly decided to do a social experiment and see who would really get in touch with me. I now have only a few numbers on my mobile phone but that is fantastic because I don't really want any more than that and my relationships with people are better in terms of quality rather than quantity and pointless chit chat.

  11. Dimitrios T
    July 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I use facebook to keep track of what is happening in my home town, since i now live away. I do not post anything. A funny story here, a familiar person died and his birthday was some days after... and the day of his birthday his timeline was full of wishes from people that did not know he was already gone... Sad..

  12. Susanna
    July 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I have recently committed Facebook suicide. It feels great, so very liberating to be out of that cramped little virtual box. Plus the latest news of their experimenting with users' emotions was definitely the creepiest last straw.
    I have plenty of friends and real-life interactions with people. I have aggregated all my news into Feedly. My best friends can call me, email me, skype me or call on me. I spend a lot of time on my computer because of my job and my eyes felt increasingly tired of trying to keep up with what everyone was doing. In my precious little free time I want to be away from my computer as much as possible. I still have Tumblr which feels slightly less intrusive, immersive and addictive, not to mention the big yawn that is LinkedIn which I keep for professional reasons. The only thing I kind of miss is knowing instantly what's on tonight, a gig, vernissage, party etc. without necessarily having to call someone to find out. Any good Android apps for events?

  13. Ta
    July 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I've tried to get friends and family to switch to other social networking sites (like Google+), but to no avail. As is typical in other arenas of life, there is a lot of complaining, but overall, no one wants to take action. So, I'm not on it as often as I used to be, but I still have an account to quickly keep up with friends and family (because I abhor email).

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

      I suspect what will be needed is a mass migration day, where everyone moves across from FB to whatever other service is picked as an alternative. Perhaps we should organize it here on MUO.

  14. Leah
    July 14, 2014 at 1:41 am

    It makes connecting with family and friends so much easier. My brother shares pictures and video of his daughter. I read about the adventures of my cousin's dog. I keep in contact with the kids I want to keep in contact with that I went to school with. If I move I'll be able to keep in contact with friends I have here. I also like using Facebook to discuss things like TV shows. I can find pages to discuss these things with people who also appreciate what I like.

  15. Kevin
    July 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I use Facebook because occasionally one or two of my nearly 500 "friends", who are mostly strangers, write something unusually witty and funny every now and then. Plus who can't love it when you see people air their grievances publicly. I laugh when someone posts pictures of their ugly babies too.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Oh, I'm with you on the last point. You can't laugh when they show you in person, but a baby picture on FB is totally fair game.

  16. Imaduddin Sawal
    July 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Perhaps the most important reason for me using facebook is its popularity . Really , that's it .
    For example I am taking an online course of Harvard U , CS50 x . It has its own facebook page and that's the main source of help for the students and the instructor David J. Malan actively engages with his students . Although it has its own StackExchange and Reddit Page , the most students seek help with the Facebook Page .
    Most of my friends are on Facebook . Well , only a minority is on any other social network such as Twitter .
    If some other network gains the same popularity it is only a matter of time before I switch to it.

  17. Nicolas L
    July 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I use it to connect to websites (like this one :P), chat with friends, share stuff, etc. Like 99% of my friends use Facebook, so yeah, it's the best way to share things with them.

  18. Matt Black
    July 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Couple of reasons:
    - The IM client. I use Facebook to chat. Loads of friends aren't on Google Chat or Skype, but everyone is on Facebook Chat.
    - Events. Why? Cause I'm lazy and keeping track of events and birthdays thanks to Facebook makes life 1000x easier
    - The simplest and worst answer: I am (and I think almost all of us on this string) are far too invested. We've connected with old school friends, created albums for special occasions, have a business page we manage (either as a career, our blog or just a friends business we're looking after) and when our friends say 'So I posted it to Facebook, check it out'. We're way too invested in Facebook to just let go.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

      That's a good point. We would all have to start disconnecting for that investment to dwindle. And I cannot see that happening unless and until a better alternative comes along.

  19. Winner
    July 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I use it to enter sweepstakes since so many companies have migrated to Facebook to hold their promotions. I also use it to contact a company to get a problem resolved when conventional methods fail.

  20. Bill J
    July 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    the question of facebook: Since i have never looked at a computer until i got this one, my son set this up. i did not know any better. i have just about stopped logging in to facebook

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

      How are you finding Facebook so far? Do you have mostly family members on there?

  21. Cliff
    July 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Facebook is like having your name on your gate. People can find you. Google+ is a much better product but having it tied into all other Google products is, I think, scaring many people away. Also Google cannot be trusted as they are just as likely to get a vast number of people using a product then replace it with something inferior like they did with latitude.

  22. Jeff
    July 12, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I hate Facebook and that membership is often required to comment on sites or enter contests. I feel it's almost discriminatory to not be able to enter contests or comments without membership to a website that doesn't know what the meaning of the word friend is.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:24 am

      That's a fair point. For websites it's a simple and effective way of verifying people exist and are only entering once. But I can understand the frustration.

  23. kojak
    July 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I made a Family Tree going back 5 generations. Many of those relatives are on Facebook. That is why I have a Facebook account. If I could find another way to see how family is doing I'd jump at the chance. Sadly Google+ did not fill the bill. Twitter, with it's 140 character limit, does not allow any in depth conversations.
    Personally it does no bother me that I am Facebooks product. I like the idea it is free. I am however continually being flummoxed with Facebook changes without adequate explanation as to how those changes might impact my Facebook experience.
    I must say Facebook's Help has improved over time. Not only can I find information but it is written to an average user rather than the holder of a PhD in Computer Science.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:23 am

      You must have some elderly family member on FB then. That's impressive.

      Facebook had certainly improved its help pages, but only because people were continually complaining about how overcomplicated they were.

  24. Bill Earl
    July 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I actually don't use Facebook, have never started a page and never will. There are three outstanding reasons why I won't use it. First: The organization (Facebook) has been caught many times violating its own security policies. Any website that would do that is untrustworthy and I will not use it. Second: It seems to be an incredible time waster. I waste a lot of time on the internet and don't need another way to do so. Even minimal users seem to spend a lot of Facebook time. (I ask, to what avail?) And third: To me, Facebook is mostly a gossip and innuendo medium, lower than the worst of Jerry Springer. I refuse to descend to that level.
    And, there is some good indication from the psychological literature that Facebook users are generally less happy than non-users.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Facebook users who become envious of how other people are living their lives definitely suffer. That's why you need to take everything said on social networks with a pinch of salt.

      As for time wasting, you have MUO for that, right?! ;)

  25. george
    July 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    today = friday
    tues or wed i droped/cancelled/deleted/terminated
    now you ask why im on facebook lol

  26. george
    July 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    today = friday
    tues or wed i droped/cancelled/deleted/terminated
    now you ask why im on facebook lol

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:19 am

      What made you delete your FB? Was it as a direct result of the experimenting on users?

  27. Arl
    July 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I have more than 300 friends, many of whom are superficial connections. But some are people with whom I would lose touch completely without FB, however overcommercialized, crappy, and irritating it's become. This includes an increasingly large number of relatives, old friends with whom I'd been out of contact for years, and a bunch of people I went to school with 712 years ago. I started a closed group for the school friends, and was surprised to find how much pleasure there is in rediscovering childhood connections...something strong and sweet about the bond that forms in youth. I also started a page for a youth sports league with which my daughter was involved. I've contemplated quitting FB many times, but I don't want to lose those contacts. Maybe I'd be my time and effort would be better spent making those contacts the old-fashioned ways: in person, by phone, email, and, even snail mail.

    So that's the main reason. Secondary reason is that I've grown a little better informed thanks to intelligent posts by some of my FB friends and their links to news articles and other information. I discovered Make Use Of through FB and so happy to have found you! I'm learning/trying to skip the crap, most of the dog-cat-baby dancing videos and other time-killers and focus on material that will improve and inform. BTW, thanks to one your articles, I'm now using Social Fixer, which seems to have made the FB experience slightly more tolerable.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Wait. If you discovered MakeUseOf through Facebook I had better stop giving them such a hard time.

      Also, I have to ask, what was school like 712 years ago? ;)

    • Arl
      July 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      It's OK; keep giving 'em a hard time.

      As to school, I meant 712 decades. You must remember, Dave. You were in my cave for hieroglyphics class. Sat at the rock next to me and always had to borrow my stone chisel.

  28. Kim
    July 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I use it to see what friends and family are doing, I rarely post and don't check it very often (2-3 times a week).

    I'd honestly rather use twitter or G+ but no one I know uses them so they end up being used for news, tech info and photography interests.

  29. Scott Raun
    July 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    For my online social activities I use, in order of preference, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, and Facebook. I only use Facebook because it's where most of the people I want to interact with / keep track of ARE - inertia is keeping it going, because I'm not seeing any good replacement. I have a Google+ account, but I haven't touched it in over a year - they had, and still have, the Real Name policy that doesn't play well with my friends and what they want to do online.

  30. Annon123456
    July 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Because it has reached critical mass, there are a lot of sunk costs that affect leaving, and no competitor has managed to get everyone (eg all your friends and their friends and their friends friends...) to make a mass exodus to the same platform in a short period of time… They have managed, at this point in time, to make themselves more or less non-substitutable due to scale and how they have managed link to/embed themselves in other activities people do on computers.

    The closest analogy is PC and Windows which, despite Mac users, rules the PC world. In this case Mac has made enough inroads that programs had incentive to allow documents, etc. to be more or less seamlessly usable on either, however that did not used to be the case and both have been forced to make it easier for users to change platforms without losing everything they have with Mac having to do more of the adapting. Facebook, as the defacto "standard" (similar to dollars or other currencies "standard" vs bitcoms), has not yet been forced into a situation to have to take into consideration competitors and so it can still control its competitive space since there is no substitute that has figured out how to mitigate the costs of switching.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 7:46 am

      In which case we should all get behind one of the competitors, whether it be one that already exists or one that hasn't emerged yet. Even if it doesn't kill Facebook, providing competition would be enough.

  31. Steven R
    July 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I use Facebook for a number of reasons, the most important of which is because that's where all my friends are, so I can keep tabs on them all in one place. I "Like" and "Share" more than I post, and carefully consider every original post I do make, especially since I'm on the lookout for a new job.

    Another reason I use Facebook is because it's ubiquitous, especially on Android cell phones and tablets. I log into half my apps using FB, and selectively decide which apps may make posts on my behalf.

    I also review my privacy settings every time I receive an email from FB announcing an update to their privacy policy and/or terms of use.

  32. KATE SARSFIELD
    July 11, 2014 at 11:43 am

    FB is just one of the sites I use for entering competitions - since I lost my job I've become a bit of a 'comper' & have won a lot of prizes including some biggies.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

      And now I want to know what you've won. At least the biggies.

  33. Vaibhav
    July 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I think I use Facebook more to know what my mates are all up to and what's going on in their lives more than I use it to share my own experiences.

    And I believe that's mainly attracts large sums of Facebook users

  34. Samyak Sahoo
    July 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I use it to play marvel avengers alliance.

  35. JudyC
    July 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I use facebook as I know many of my profession disseminate links to articles and research there. I rarely use it for anything personal. Privacy is high and no games for me.

  36. Jon
    July 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Because everyone else is there...

    (and that really is the only reason I use facebook)

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Judging by these comments you're definitely not alone there.

  37. Pat
    July 11, 2014 at 5:57 am

    The only site where I use facebook to sign in is the Twin Harbors/West End Eagle Watching site and that's because I do want to share that experience. Otherwise I refuse to use the login option. If I paid attention to the professional "shoulds," I'd be more active. Just can't get past the loss of privacy and the use of my data to blast me with ads.

  38. SK RASHID ALI
    July 11, 2014 at 5:20 am

    I guess the first reason would be getting close to friends. I stay in a place where I do not have much friends and who ever is there, they are all busy. I can't make friends easily. And like keep professional and personal life separate. I would its more of passing time though. I know you would say there are lot other stuffs out there but doing those stuffs alone is boring. so I just log into it and keep in touch with friends and family.

  39. Mark
    July 11, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Because all my international friends and relatives (other than my mother) use it. One message gets to all of them. I also use it to promote my business locally and the Kiwanis Club I belong to.

    If I want to keep anything private, I do not put it in Facebook!

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

      That's very sensible. I do the same. The worst thing is people putting their lives all over FB and then complaining when everyone knows their business. You cannot have it both ways.

  40. Gus
    July 11, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I am responsible for my organization's Facebook page. We have well over 100 likes and Facebook can't show more than 20 of them any of my posts. Much of my family and some friends I don't see any more are on Facebook, and this is about the only place I ever "see" any of them.

  41. Nick Major
    July 11, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Most of my actual friends are still on Facebook, and are unaware of Google+ or don't know how to use it. I have uninstalled it from my phone after reading the permissions. nasty.

    • Dave P
      July 15, 2014 at 7:38 am

      What permissions on Google+ concern you the most? Are Facebook's better?

  42. Alan T
    July 11, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Simply because so many of my friends and contacts are on Facebook I find it self perpetuating. I live 7000 miles from where I grew up, went to school and worked and no other platform gives you the ability to get an up to date snapshot of what is going on back home. If it did I would probably use it.

  43. Beau
    July 11, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I use it to promote my band, although with the changes made to who sees your status updates, there aren't many unless you pay to promote the post.

  44. Nancy C
    July 11, 2014 at 12:59 am

    If you are in business you are forced to use Social Media.
    It sucks.
    Small business owners have better things to do than deal with Social media or pay someone to do it.
    I design websites and have to learn about this 'other' thing and teach my clients. Or, hire someone to do so which is a losing battle for the size of my client's businesses.

    I really don't like being railroaded like this, but..

    Personally, I have nothing that needs saying or sharing that can't be done in a personal email.

    I think Andy Warhol was waaaay beyond his time with his pithy statement, "In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." He nailed that one.
    Everyone is famous in their own mind on Facebook.

    Another thing... people pour their lives out on FB - something they would never do elsewhere. If the government ASKED for the same info, everyone would be up in arms! FB is not secure! Why would anyone be so stupid as to think it is????

    People! Get a life!

    Okay. Down off the soap box I go!
    Thanks for allowing my rant!

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      It never ceases to amaze me the things people share on social networks. I still have a private life despite being on FB, as is right and proper. Thanks for commenting!

  45. Dan
    July 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

    I have 14 friends and my profile is blocked from public viewing. I mostly just use it to make sarcastic comments on my friends pictures.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Oh, do you now?! How very clever of you. /sarcasm ;)

  46. Darryl S
    July 11, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I actually tried to quit facebook but guess what, you can't. Do you know why you can't? It's because everything on the web is in some way connected to facebook. Every freebie site, every company, every service of every type is connected to facebook. Therefore, if you are going to use the Internet you will find that you are going to use facebook.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      It IS difficult to disconnect for that very reason, but not impossible. I adore Spotify, but they really annoyed me when they switched to using FB as the login.

  47. Tom
    July 11, 2014 at 12:28 am

    The only reason I have a Facebook page is to have a place for long lost friends to contact me. I only log in once every 6 months or so. And I never, ever click a like button. I wouldn't have a page there at all if it were not for the critical mass of the FB user base.

  48. Mark
    July 11, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Most of my friends use Facebook and nothing else for instant messages, so I keep it alive for that. Also, some giveaways are only done through Facebook. I don't post public statuses at all.

  49. jundy
    July 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Because my friends are still using it and it keeps me up to date with their lives.

  50. Me
    July 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I never joined Myspace because it was owned by Rupert Murdoch and I'm not a fan of generating revenue for NewsCorp (Fox.) My distrust extended to facebook initially, and then they earned their mistrust all by themselves. I created an account under a different name once to reconnect with a misplaced old friend, but that's the extent of it.

  51. tobias
    July 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    from the user perspective, facebook exists because you can go there if you want an idiot proof way to have access to a large circle of friends & various influencers & the information they share in a format that is ALMOST conducive to two way conversations.

    replace it with an open source system that is controlled something like torrents are, perhaps, & it will become too obvious that the powers that be are using facebook's dumbed down "social network" to dis-enfranchise the population while harvesting every nuance of information about their lives in order to strengthen centralized control.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Ooh, we have a conspiracy theorist in our midst. User data is definitely being harvested, but I'd like to know what evidence you have that the authorities are using FB to disenfranchise the general population?

  52. Andy
    July 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I don't actually use Facebook as such and have everything blocked off (ha ha, optimist!). Only stay with it because it's sometimes the only way I can get info for some clients. (I'm a copywriter).

  53. Linda
    July 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I continue to use Facebook for a couple of reasons, the main one being that I am home bound and Facebook allows me a place to interact with friends and family in a single arena. It allows me to interact and "participate" in their lives even though i am physically unable to be with them, wherever they may be. Also, because I am a shut-in, I play a lot of "social" games, games that depend on friends and "neighbors" to complete goals. Facebook, is the only place that offers some of these games (Farmville, for example) and, having met and becoming friends with some of my co-gamers nearly five years ago, they have become very important to me. Our friendships have developed far beyond the constrains of the gaming world and they have become very real friends - friends that, often times, will notice my absence way before family or so called "real life" friends. Until there is another, more secure and widely accepted way to keep up this same sort of interaction with those people that make a difference in my life, I will remain on Facebook, guard myself and my life as diligently as possible.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Linda. It sounds like, for you at least, FB is a truly positive influence. Do you use any other social networking sites such as Twitter or Google+?

  54. Gregori G
    July 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I use it only because my friends are not in Google+. I feel that all my stuff is not secure in Facebook, but feel it is on Google.

  55. Cloe
    July 10, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I use Facebook when I'm away to post holiday snaps. Otherwise use it to keep in touch with overseas family but this year we have moved over to what's app. I've posted all old photos of myself and family to Facebook in case there is a fire at home or if family in the future want to see their ancestors.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Using FB as an online repository of photos is a great idea. As long as you trust FB to keep them safe and not go out of business in the future! :)

  56. Robyn McIntyre
    July 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I use FB because my non-tech friends and family are there and it's easy to keep tabs on what's happening with them. For that reason, and that reason alone.

  57. Govertz
    July 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I have an account on facebook, and I only use it to give likes to giveaways.

  58. Buffet
    July 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Never have. Never will!

  59. Sonda Donovan
    July 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    All else aside, I learn something every time I log in.

  60. Charles R
    July 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I'm part of the Millennial generation that remembers life before FB/Myspace/social networking. And yet almost everyone I know is on FB. It's the "mature" social network that we grew up into; early on in highschool, I remember thinking, "Myspace is dumb now, I can't wait until I can get a FB profile." For me and others, FB's "college only" was a cool thing and we wanted in on it.
    There are now younger people who have a FB profile, but rarely use it; most of their activity is via Snapchat or Instagram (FB junior imo). While I have an Instagram account, I find it too annoying to try to keep up with everything new, like I used to. I don't see the point of Twitter or Snapchat much and although I have a Google+ account, I really don't use it much.
    So basically, I have a FB account because most everyone I know is reachable through it. Pretty much everyone I know doesn't want to migrate entirely to another network because there's no easy way to just transfer data over; we'd have to start all over again.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      That's a great point about having to start over. Who wants the hassle of that?!

  61. Kathy
    July 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I still use Facebook because my distant family, nieces and nephews, all use Facebook to post family pictures and news.

  62. Wes
    July 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I use Facebook for Obama Bashing. When Obama is out of office I will stop using Facebook

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Unless Hillary Clinton gets in, naturally.

  63. martink
    July 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I don't really "use" Facebook but I have found or been found by several old friends from when I was in the military so for that reason I keep an account. I hate all the game updates and likes and all that garbage. I mostly ignore it and have email notifications for certain things I do like about Facebook. If it wasn't for email notifications I probably wouldn't ever log on to my account.

  64. LeslieW
    July 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I use facebook stricktly to play myVEGAS. Absolutely nothing else

  65. Aedwin
    July 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I created an account because I wanted to make it easy for the government and it's various unconstitutional organizations to track me, and catagorize me. I thought I would do my part as a compliant and obedient citizen and make it easy for the NSA and CIA to keep tabs on me. Further more, I wanted to make it easy for the government and it's various unconstitutional organizations to create their very own profile of me for my own protection and security. Just doing my part as compliant citizen.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Ha, nice. Thanks for being an obedient citizen, your compliance is appreciated.

  66. No Social media Here
    July 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I signed up because of a pending high school reunion. I have never used it since nor do I use twitter or anything else because I really don't care what people had for breakfast or how cute there kid is after pooping! Life is too invasive as it is why make it worse?!

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      What about what someone's kid had for breakfast after pooping. Surely you're interested in that.

  67. Debra B
    July 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I use Facebook because most of my family and friends don't know how or unwilling to use any other social network. Personally, I would rather use Google +. Since only one or two friends use it, I don't get on it that much.

  68. Lazar Kaganovich
    July 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Once upon a time, five jews met to further their plan to control the gentile and the world.

    The first jew said, "In order to control the cattle we need to know all about them; their names, addresses,phone numbers and email addresses, names of all friends and relatives, where they work, play, and bank, the books they read, the organizations they belong to, the companies they patronize, what they believe, what they think. We need a complete dossier on every gentile. Just like the soviet secret police we started long ago. That way, once we gain total power, we will know who to come for.

    But how do we do this said the third jew?

    The second jew said,"I know!" We'll send out teams of bolshevik jew thugs with clipboards out into every neighborhood. We'll bang on every door and demand the information under the threat of injury, arrest, death, or anti-semitism. We're entitled. God chose us.

    The third jew said,"That won't work. The gentile will become alarmed and rise up with their firearms and there will be shootings and chaos and revolt. The cattle might stampede. We'll never get all their personal information that way."

    The fourth jew said, "I know! We'll set up a special social network website for the gentile to join for free. We will entice him with great social privileges and interaction with other cattle -- I mean other gentiles -- with the lure of hot sex contacts and lots of fun! Everyone can have their very own web page! All he will have to do is fill it up with all of their personal information which he can share with all his friends who will provide their personal information too. He will do all our work for us by networking all of his personal information and linking it with all of the personal data from his family and friends. It will all snowball. We will have the complete data hierarchy of everyone he knows and everyone they know. Then we will make it impossible for him to ever remove the information, keep it private, or close his account.

    The fifth jew said, "Shlomo, you're a genius! The gentile will trip over himself giving us voluntarily all of the private information we couldn't ever have gotten through force! What will you call this website?

    The fourth jew said, "I call it jewbook."

    The third jew said, "You can't call it that! Then the gentile will be suspicious. They have face like dumb cattle but they might stampede.

    The fifth jew said, "That's it!! We call it Facebook!!! And all the jews cheered! And so it came to be.

  69. Pippa
    July 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    As an immigrant to the US with a far flung group of friends and relatives, I use FB to stay in touch with their lives (and vice versa). I'm selective in what non-"friend" orgs/groups I follow, which keeps me informed of topics I care about. I prune my friend group fairly often if the relationships feel stale or no longer serve the purpose of staying in touch. I don't share anything I would be ashamed of if it appeared in a national newspaper!!

  70. M
    July 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Well, I did quit facebook. Then by mistake I logged back in. As to friends on facebook well like with anything else there are alot of fakes and vain people. I still have twitter, instagram, yahoo, google, google + and whats app and my space to name a few. I use them all equally. - Not really on any of them for any length of time. It is fun to see what some people like to post or chat about. - Personally, they are just like TV: entertainment!
    My 'real' live is in books and work or going places; this is why it limits my time on any of them!!!

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      You still use MySpace? Wow, you're a rare breed.

  71. Randy Morris
    July 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I put up with Facebook, just like most people put up with Microsoft. Let's face it, neither of these companies has a stellar reputation when it comes to taking care of their users/customers, but they're the big boys on the block. Linux and Apple have always been better and leaner operating systems than Microsoft, but the majority of software was written to be compatible with their system, so we all jumped on board. Since Facebook is for socializing, you go where all of your friends are. Where are all of my friends? On Facebook. It will take quite a bit of screwing up on their part to be dethroned.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Or another alternative that everyone flocks to quickly and in large groups. I cannot see that happening for some time.

  72. Denise E
    July 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I use Facebook to stay in touch with my old friends, and share stuff with my family. I admit that privacy is a concern of mine, though I am too blasé about it and just ignore it.

    It seems to be a bit of a drawback though, because having friends on facebook doesn't mean that you have their email. and when you need to send something to them? I had to PM a few people to ask for their email addresses....

    I can't think of an alternative to facebook where I'd be as well connected. Perhaps it means I need to work on being more of a friend IRL than stalking people and feeling like I hate my life all the time.

    As for advertising, I use adblock and ignore the "suggestions" that pop up after liking something.

    and lastly, since I'm not in the habit of reading the news; I get my updates from facebook because people will be talking about important things and sharing them. which is nice. good for procrastinating too!

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      On your last point, yes, that's a good way of looking at FB. If you share the same interests with your friends then it will provide a kind of filtered news feed.

  73. gene
    July 10, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I no longer use Facebook.
    Thank God I wasn't using my real name.

    Facebook doesn't care about user privacy and keeps changing privacy settings.
    Facebook treats users like garbage.
    I was once banned from posting because I posted too many comments on my own timeline.

    At least I had unwanted advertisements filtered out with Adblock.
    You can't even get in touch with a real human being if and when there is a need.

    Slaves probably get better treatment than what Facebook gives it's users.

    I took a break from Facebook several months ago and am glad I haven't been back there since then.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      You were banned from your own timeline? Someone must have marked your posts as spam.

      You're one of the few people here to have declared yourself as not on Facebook. Which says it all really.

  74. Lori
    July 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I use Facebook simply because it is the site the vast majority of my family and friends use; that *is* the whole point of a social network, right? I wouldn't mind moving to a different network, but how on earth would I orchestrate the move of all the people I regularly keep in touch with, plus all *their* contacts as well? It's simply not doable. And, in any case, I'm not convinced that any other network would be better in terms of privacy, security and advertising. Google+? Ha! Not likely!

  75. JohnBUK
    July 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    As a retired "older generation" user I find it convenient to keep in touch with my family who are scattered across the globe (Seattle, Hawaii and London). I still don't know how the thing works (nor am I particularly interested) but I get to see their comments and photos on a regular basis.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      It's pretty much invaluable for you then. And if you're literally just logging in and reading rather than posting comments, any privacy issues likely won't concern you.

  76. rosboy
    July 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I wouldn't use Facebook even if you paid me! To many privacy issues

  77. Chris
    July 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Most everyone uses it. Personally I would rather text/call/email people since those are more private lines of communication and I would use forums for large group conversations. But unfortunately, I have many friends who don't even know what a forum is simply because they are technologically inept. They understand Facebook though, so I can find the people I need to talk to, when I want to talk to them.

    It is kind of unfortunate that we have all these "friends" that really aren't our friends, just people we would like to be able to contact if we need them. For instance, I just messaged someone who is really more of an acquaintence than a friend because I remembered him mentioning an easy course to take and I needed the course number.

    Bottom line: Facebook is not the best platform for talking to people you actually want to talk to, but it does a hell of a job of aggregating every person you are willing/might ever need to talk to. Oh, and it doesn't help when most of your friends only use Facebook for communication.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      FB is definitely more for acquaintances than real friends. I mean, you'll also have real friends on there, but you're more likely to keep in touch with them via other means.

  78. Tim S
    July 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I use it because my mom can't figure out Google+ and she wants to see photo of her grand daughter.

  79. Igor948
    July 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I find it is the easiest way to enrage or insult the largest number of people simultaneously, because it is full of liberal morons who aren't smart enough to use other forms of communication. Where else can I be guaranteed to upset LGBT whiners, Democrats, and Obama-lovers all in one place?

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      And they keep you as a friend?

  80. Paul B
    July 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I only use it to see what some others are doing who are not so good at sending emails. Also I use it to get latest news from a club I am in.

  81. Bud
    July 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I use FB only for 2 things, mainly.......to post well-written articles about the current scandals going on in the nefarious Obama administration, or the dumb-assed mentality of Islam and their attempts of imposing Sharia Law on those living in non-Muslim countries, or to wile away my retirement days, playing a few games available there.

    FB WILL eventually become like the old cars or original Windows/Mac OS's that end-up in the trash-heap of history. Only thing that lasted longer were the old VW Beetles ! :)))

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      I'm interested, do all your FB friends share the same views or do you sometimes have heated arguments about the things you post?

  82. David Cordero
    July 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Because the people I have in my friend list are not likely to switch over to another service, like Google+ or Diaspora, I don't really use facebook often, I only use it for answering messages

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      If everyone did agree to switch to another service, would you be happy? I mean, is it about the platform itself or purely because of the people using that platform?

  83. DPorter
    July 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Most people who hate FB are techs or at least tech savvy. But people who use FB aren't necessarily connected online in that many different ways. So, they don't know they should hate FB and that their info is being tossed around by nefarious this and thats. They just love sharing their days with their friends and family. It's like the phone used to be - or the local diner way back when. It's a hangout for anytime of day.

  84. Cristina T
    July 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Back in 2009, I first used facebook to play Farmville (shaaaaame) and post pictures of my college parties, mostly because of the joy that all the comments and likes brought us; it was fun, but pretty limited to that.

    Now my colleagues and I use facebook groups as our information billboard, to post important messages that we all need to know fast, also tips and questions. It's also a good platform to exchange notes and comments while working on a project, because everyone has a facebook account, and we can share files too, with versions and all - it's better than emailing.

    I also use facebook to get updated on my favorite tv-shows, world news and my friends' life (I guess), mostly because I hate twitter.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      It seems you use FB for plenty of different things. Does the invasion of privacy or experiments on users not worry you in any way?

  85. Mike K
    July 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I am the one. I don't and never have used FB. Providing personal information to everyone in the world is not my cup of tea.

  86. Xoandre
    July 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Facebook is a part of nearly everyone's lives.

    I have met some people who refuse to get a facebook account, for fear of Orwellian monitoring of their daily activities. These people dread the thought of anyone or any company controlling their information or having access to their finances, be it credit card accounts, bank accounts, or itunes playlists. Many walk around with iPhones and claim that Apple respects their privacy.... Yeah right!

    Why do I use facebook? Well, it is the only access I have to other human beings. I live alone - utterly alone. I have no friends or family and I work so much that such socialization is nearly impossible outside of being able to log on and post to my wall, comment on friends' posts, and play a few flash games.

    I am an odd one, so what I say may not apply to many other people.

    Facebook is necessary in the modern WiFi/3G/4G world in order to be connected to events.

    Lately, though, facebook has begun to incorporate elements that signaled the END of Myspace. Specifically, all those "Who are you?" surveys and buzzfeed postings that link to links that link to links and never really pay off or have any true meaning in the world.

    Facebook is just... well... THE PLACE TO BE.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      If anyone uses an iPhone and yet refuses to use FB I fear they're kidding themselves. Apple, Google, Facebook, they all use your data in some way.

      I agree, FB is looking more like MySpace with every passing day.

      Man, I feel bad you live alone and have no friends. Is there not anything you can do to fix that? Assuming you want to, of course.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      July 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      I Bet Hating Sports Does Not Help Either.

      Cheers.

  87. Jitendra A
    July 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Well, I use and am continuing with Facebook for the following reasons:

    1) All my friends and relatives are on it.
    2) Its being around so am very much used to it.
    3) Have a huge collection of photographs shared via Albums
    4) I do not find the alternates to be that good.
    5) I am not bother about Facebook knowing where I live, my FB browsing habits, etc. as it does not make a difference to my life. (I feel people are just paranoid about this, more so in the west).
    5) And of course...I use Facebook to log into MakeUseOf (and some other websites).

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      That's a nice set of reasons!

      Re: no. 5. Are you not at all worried about how that data will be used against you in the future?

    • Lola B
      July 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Umm, no, not unless you're plotting to overthrow your government and install yourself as Absolute Dictator and you're recruiting minions o help you carry out the plot.

  88. John
    July 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Knowing what a fringe friend ate for breakfast is empowering! [Data is power].
    Cauliflower-Pancakes, really?

  89. Aimsly
    July 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I quit Facebook for one week, and then reinstated it when I started having issues with communication.

    I remembered, "Crap, I need to get in touch with John Smith about [random wedding plans]." I only had this person's Facebook as a point of contact.

    I wanted to quickly and easily browse photos and videos of my nephews, which I could only do easily via Facebook. In fact, most of my family was baffled when I quit. "How are we going to know what's going on with you, and vice versa?" At first I thoguht they were being stupid, and that we'd just use e-mail and Dropbox for photo/file sharing. Three days in, it was becoming impossible to reach them. Why? Because e-mail is becoming a thing of the past in the private sector. If you can't be reached immediately and easily, people won't reach out to you, period.

    I still have it, only because I feel I need to in order to stay in touch with friends and family. And, event planning - nothing's come close yet (not enough friends on Google+).

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      So, it isn't enough that one person wants to quit FB, it has to be all out or no-one out. That means FB is in a truly enviable position.

  90. Vipul J
    July 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    At first, I joined Facebook because it was 'the thing' and everyone was on it. So even I joined it to make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
    Then I started playing Mafia wars and stuff, and my friend list rose from 100 something to a drastic 500+. It was out of control.
    Luckily I got out of that phase pretty soon and dumped every contact on FB I didn't know in real life, along with those dumb games.
    Then was the time of "pics or didn't happen".
    So I was flooding my profile with images & check-ins of every trip or occasion. The likes & comments flowed in from people I knew, and I honestly enjoyed that, still do a bit :p
    After that phase passed too, next is the present time.

    Now I use FB for these sole purposes only
    1. I maintain a page.
    2. Birthday reminders, biggest reason for me!
    3. Sort of a RSS Feed of News, 9gag, funny videos (I guess now it's called vines), Emma Stone images and a what's up with my friends (Thanks to the close friends list to filter the people I care about).

    I joined sometime in 2008, and now almost 6-7 years later, it's sort of part of my life. And no matter what happens to it tomorrow, I highly doubt I can let go.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Birthday reminders and as a sort of RSS feed are two great reasons. Oh, and Emma Stone images... you have extremely good taste.

  91. Eric
    July 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I use it to advertise for our live trivia shows.
    I HATE HATE HATE Facebook, but realize that the majority of my audience is constantly wired into social media; the king of which is currently Facebook.

  92. Diane
    July 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I feel that I have outgrown Facebook--it's like being a teenager when you begin--keeping up with all your friends, detailing all the minutia of your life. But after a while, you get bored with everyone's silly updates, and you realize that if you're tired of reading about your friends updates, they probably feel that same about yours. Facebook is very narcissistic. I find that the people I really care about and want to keep in contact with I actually CALL on the phone (or text). I'm sorry Facebook but I'm not in middle school anymore.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      I somewhat agree. I used to use FB all the damn time. But now I either use FB or just keep in touch with people offline. Perhaps Facebook's big challenge isn't keeping its userbase but keeping that userbase engaged.

  93. Birrell Walsh
    July 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Do I trust them? No. If there were a good alternative, would I bail. Oh yes. But with all the grief, Facebook is like a party made up entirely of people I like. That is a rare, good thing.

  94. Kevin G
    July 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Two words: critical mass. Even if there are much better services out there (and really, there aren't--have you tried Google+?), this is the only one where you have a decent chance of connecting with friends. When Myspace screwed up, it didn't have half the planet as account holders.

    Facebook is like the phone book 30 years ago--it might be difficult to read and incomplete, but if you didn't have a listing you were very, very hard to find. FB can afford to screw up because it is effectively the only game in town.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      You're spot-on, of course, although I think the biggest problem with Google+ IS its lack of users.

  95. Helana
    July 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I've lived in a lot of places, and my friends and family are spread out around the world, so FB is a great way to keep in touch with a lot of people. It's also fun--I keep it light, and while I do have political and religious opinions, I try to keep them off FB. I think it's a great way to share humor, experiences, and pictures.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Sharing political and religious opinions on FB is a surefire way to lose friends fast. So I don't blame you for keeping them off there.

  96. Lola B
    July 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    And notice my avatar? Its because I used the FB login to create my account here.

  97. Lola B
    July 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Also - groups. I'm in quite a few groups there. What is good about FB is that it makes it really easy to share pictures and links. Yes, I know about bulletin boards but you do have to do some work to put up pics and the vBulletin format (and siblings) has been seriously stagnating for years. There is Discourse but I think it has a ways to catch up.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      That's true. Facebook took what was good about bulletin boards and improved upon it. Still, you give up more for using FB than any forum.

  98. Lola B
    July 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Because . . . friends and family are on there. In many cases, it is the only way I can keep track of them (and they're never going to switch to Google+ - it is just too esoteric for them). I use the Messenger feature quite often since I can't use the phone (deafness) and I don't really like to use the Video Relay Service. I do keep my profile locked down and very rarely make my posts available to the public.

  99. Evelyn
    July 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I like the continuity. Being able to download all my prior posts is a big plus. Mostly I like that my friends family and acquaintances are linked to me and share with me. It is so easy to use. The site loads fast even on mobile. I've never had it crash.

  100. Keith Hamon
    July 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I use FB because I still get the primary value from it that it has always promised and mostly delivered: reasonably easy, consistent connections to people that I otherwise would not connect to so well. I have a fairly active G+ network of mostly professional people, but almost all my personal contacts are still on FB. They may complain, though most don't and even those who do complain do not leave. Coordinating a mass transition to a new platform seems too difficult. It requires more energy and time than I'm willing to give it just now. I don't think people will move until they are pulled by another service that does significantly more, significantly differently than FB does now.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      You're right, FB does do its core job well. Although, delivering status updates out of order has made it a lot less useful for me personally.

  101. Shelley Anderson
    July 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    If I could follow my friends somewhere else, I'd leave Facebook in a millisecond! I don't do any of their other junk anyway. I hate how they control me and what I do. We need a way to control them back, even if it would be government intervention - a law. Facebook isn't alone. Too many places throw my life around as if I am not an individual with thoughts of my own, not to mention rights.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Sadly, even though some of the stuff FB does is unethical, it's all within the bounds of the law. That suggests the law is an ass, and not FB itself.

  102. Sheepy
    July 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I use it because a lot of my friends and family use it, and I can use it to stay in touch with and keep track of them.

  103. CallMeGrumpy
    July 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Never, never, never, right from the get-go. I always knew FB was evil. Vive la resistance.

    • Bud
      July 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I can buy that !!!

    • Bud
      July 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Install FB-Purity, a browser extension available to clean-up useless junk on your FB homepage !!!

  104. TGolightly
    July 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Sometimes, the only way I can be sure my oldest is still breathing is that he posts on Facebook. Even when I don't like what he posts, I know he is still there. It's also the way I know several relatives are doing well.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Ha, I hear you. I wish I could get my parents on there for the same reasons.

  105. A41202813GMAIL
    July 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Create A GOOGLE+ Profile, Use Both For Several Weeks, And Then Make A Comparison.

    Cheers.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      I've done that. Google+ is a wasteland, and do any of us really believe Google is a more ethical company than Facebook? I suspect not. However, that doesn't explain why people stay on FB. You don't NEED any social networks.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      July 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Speak For Yourself.

      I Do Not Give A Crap About Ethics.

      I Just Like To Get Different News And Content - And Comment On Them.

      LINKEDIN Has Some Great Articles, And I Have Found There Some Old Colleagues, I Knew Nothing About For 25+ Years.

      GOOGLE+ Has Some Nice Pictures And Small Movies - Lots Of F1 Diehards, Also.

      Cut Your Gaming In Half, And You Will Have Some Time To Look Around.

      Cheers.

  106. Maryon Jeane
    July 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Facebook is just about OK if you keep it under control and use everything available to ensure your privacy. Don't accept default settings but set them at the highest level; don't sign into anywhere else using your Facebook login; use a good tracker blocker such as Ghostery; and censor what you say on Facebook by remembering that it's effectively public, it's going to be seen in a lot of different contexts, and it's out there for ever.

    Why use it? Because a lot of people you know are on it; because a lot of people you know aren't available anywhere else where you can get away with a quick 'Hello - Goodbye for now'; because people watching is fun and you don't even have to go to your nearest café; because people don't do everything to protect their privacy so you can find out what they're really doing and thinking.

    Social networking was never innocent and straightforward and simply fun even when it wasn't done online. Everything nefarious that Facebook does was always done. Journalists and psychologists lurked at cocktail parties, clubs and bars; people recorded private conversations both for fun and for more wicked purposes; undercover private eyes and police infiltrated groups - and all this still happens of course, but now it happens on Facebook too. Why did we expect it would be any different to the real world? Why should cyberspace be different from meatspace when people are the same?

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      I guess the difference is in the meatspace it was done on a personal, one-on-one level. With Facebook and other social networks it's one company using its power on a massive scale.

  107. Charlene F
    July 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Everyone's on facebook, and I don't want acquaintances to have my number. So facebooks my only way to keep in contact with old and foreign friends. It's a pity though, because every time i log in i find someone new to despise. Facebook should offer free anger management.

    Also i'm hopelessly addicted.

  108. Diana
    July 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    With Facebook I can communicate daily (or as often as I wish) with family that, before FB, I would only see to catch up with once a year at most! With busy lives just making a phone call to say 'hi, how are you?' to all the family (and a few close friends) who aren't close would take so much time. Facebook gives me the ability to catch up on their family activities and photos they post, when the timing is right/convenient for me. Maybe I'm more of a family person than most but it's become a valuable communication tool for my use! I've even gotten closer to extended family because of the ability to communication more often. :)

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      I must admit I'm with you on the "getting closer to extended family" through Facebook. I now know what they're getting up to most weeks, whereas previously I'd catch up maybe once a year.

  109. Tom W
    July 10, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I expect the majority of people use Facebook for the same reason: everybody else that they know uses Facebook. It's a vicious circle. Sure, I could move away from Facebook, but whatever service I choose to move to wouldn't have my friends. I could invite my friends, but they don't have time for two social networks so they have to choose between moving to my choice of network (which may not be the best choice for them) or staying with Facebook. If all of them move, only a small amount of their friends (the ones we share mutually) will be on the new service, so they have to convince their friends to move.

    Here's the thing: People didn't ditch Myspace because it sucked, or because it made some mistake or another, they started using Facebook for features that Myspace didn't have. Facebook was much better at organising events, social groups, gatherings, etc., which is why it gained so much momentum with its initial audience of college / university students. Most people who used Facebook at first probably kept using Myspace for the "social network" stuff, like friends and statuses, until the majority of their friends were using Facebook. The next social network won't start out as a replacement for Facebook, it'll offer a new unique feature (or at least a vastly improved existing feature) that makes their lives so much easier that they sign up for a new service just for that service. Once their friends do the same, they'll all start logging into Facebook less often.

    There's another reason why people still use Facebook. They just don't care. Privacy is becoming less important to people. As long as they have the sense to delete embarrassing posts before applying for a job, it doesn't seem to affect most people in an overall negative way. The people who do, truly, care about privacy have already left Facebook, and a lot of them are very vocal about it.

    So, what service will people move to? I don't think it exists yet. There are a lot of niche services, such as Instagram and Whatsapp (both now owned by Facebook), that people use alongside Facebook for a specific feature. These don't, however, have a strong enough social presence to be able to actually be a user's main social network.
    Google+ does have these features, but it doesn't have a unique feature to make people use it. Hangouts are cool, but they don't match up with Skype in a way that interests most users. The Circles are novel, but serve no real purpose. The privacy settings are equally as confusing as Facebook's, and seem to be getting less strict while Facebook is actually making it easier to maintain your privacy. (And, again, people don't care about privacy).

    A new service is needed, then, and it must meet the following criteria:
    * Be useful without having to create an account, or provide an option to log in using Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.
    * Have a singular feature that is amazing enough to convince people to use this service.
    * Have social features to match Facebook's, but don't make them a major focus. They should be easy to access, but not overbearing. Users will start using them naturally.
    * Get noticed. Mainstream press needs to bring this service to the attention of the masses in such a way that they're compelled to actually use it.
    * Scale well. If it starts to crumble under the pressure of a flood of new users, it won't get far. One of Facebook's key features is that it's never (well, close enough) offline.
    * Don't try to kill Facebook. Aside from all of the complaints, people don't actually want Facebook gone.

    So, the TL:DR version is that people complain about Facebook because they like complaining. Facebook has the users, it has the functionality, it has no real rivals, and people don't care enough about its failings to force them to act. That's why I'm still using Facebook, along with 1.3Bn other people.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      A brilliant comment, as usual, Tom.

      Google+ is surely in the best position to steal people away from Facebook. But what unique feature could they employ to persuade people to give it a go? It's difficult to see what isn't being offered by one of the alternatives at this point.

      The only question remaining is, do you think FB will survive almost anything at this point? The chances of it doing a MySpace lessen with every passing day.

    • Tom W
      July 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      The chances of Facebook dying actually increase every day. The older any service gets, the slower it has to move with regards to updates, features, etc. It's barely noticeable right now, but in a few years time I'm sure people will start to see it.

      The magic service that can replace Facebook is likely to have a function which is unrelated to social networks, but still enhanced by a social presence. This will ensure it gets an initial userbase (because people want to use it for this new function), and that it gets friend connections established (because it's made better by a social circle). After that, it's just a small step for this service to gain a foothold as a Facebook competitor, should it wish to do that.

      Both Whatsapp and Instagram are examples of services that were positioned correctly. Whatsapp started off by providing a fantastically easy to use messaging system that was designed to replace text messages with a free (or very cheap) alternative. It could have positioned itself as an alternative to Facebook's messaging system, but it would have failed because it adds no real value. Instagram is a way to share photos. Again, it didn't aim to replace Facebook's photo albums, but instead tried to extend the functionality of the smartphone camera. Both of these services got bought out by Facebook before they could become competition.

      By this logic, Google can't replace Facebook. Unless they kill off Google+ in a very absolute, final, and complete manner, any service that they create that could fit the above criteria will have to use Google+ for its social features. People aren't going to do that because it would essentially mean ditching Facebook for an alternative, which they don't want to do. This could actually affect the popularity of the service because it's unable to gain a social presence.

      Hopefully all of that makes sense.

  110. David M
    July 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I was going to close my account recently, but my wife wanted me to keep it open. So, I only use Facebook Messenger. Most of my friends on Facebook are not close friends and I've been trying to find a better social network to find new friends on. I will occasionally browse nearby posts on Google+.

    • Bud
      July 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      NOT SO!!! As there are other social sites to connect and chat with.

    • David
      July 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I didn't day there wasn't.

  111. Jason
    July 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Its a case of tyranny of the majority.

    In the old days, if friends wanted to communicate, or arrange a get-together, they would use the telephone. Later, people switched to SMS, then emails. Nowadays they use Facebook. So those who don't use Facebook find themselves out of the loop.
    So, no Facebook = stunted social life.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      That's a nice explanation of the problem :)

  112. Peter F
    July 10, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Facebook is a necessary evil for me. I moved away from my friends and family to start a new life out in the countryside and live 100+ from where I spent the first 30 years of my life. The easiest/cheapest/most effective way to keep in touch with my nearest and dearest was to start a facebook account.
    I still visit in person when i can, but being able to chat and share things on a regular basis with those I hold dear is important and facebook is the easiest way to do that.
    I have tried my hardest to convince everyone to use G+, as I find it is a much better social network for my needs, but there are those who are too stuck in their ways.
    Conversely, Facebook has shown me the real side of some people i thought i knew well (it is amazing just how thoughtless some idiots can be with a keyboard and lack of internal monologue!!) and with a simple click of a button i have been able to cut them out of my life for the better and have never looked back.
    I started off having around 60+ "friends" on facebook but have now thinned the herd to a nice manageable 16 proper friends/family who I actually want to talk to and share things with.
    I have noticed, however, that with apps like "Whatsapp" and those friends that are borderline geniuses who have made the transition to G+, that i use Facebook less and Google hangouts or email more and more.
    In due time I will close my facebook account for good. Until then I think I'm stuck with it. It's a small price to pay for keeping REAL friends in my life.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Wow, that's quite a pruning you managed there, from 60 to 16. I imagine you'll keep pruning that list until the handful you have left can be contacted in other ways. At which FB would stop being a necessary evil :)

    • Peter F
      July 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      I started out very naive and kept adding people I had worked with going years back. Eventually I made the decision that I wasn't got to ever meet with most of those and "unfriended" (hate that term) those with who I had not interacted with for over 6 months, which took me down to about 25-30 people. From there it was easy to just get rid of the ones who were just sending candy crush requests . . . My aim is to get rid of facebook as soon as a viable option comes around, although facebook messenger is a good middle ground.

  113. Peter
    July 10, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Because that's where the friends are.

    • Bud
      July 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      no, not so...........I was introduced to the Chinese QQ, where I've met and can chat with many, plus video with them much better than on FB. Originally met on a Japanese social site and from there to QQ. They have their own type of FB called Qzone, which also posts a lot of trivial stuff, but in my opinion, their chat services are far better than anything FB has to offer.

  114. desheng
    July 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Messages.
    The postings are normally boring and trivial. (Perhaps I should make other "friends"....?)

  115. Rick
    July 10, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Pretty simple isn't it ? People are on Facebook because other people are.

  116. Alan W
    July 10, 2014 at 6:14 am

    To keep in touch with my family in England, try talking them into using Google+ or evenmaking a phone call to Sweden :)

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      You must regard FB as an essential tool then, I suppose, even with the issues you may or may not have with the service.

  117. James Bassett
    July 10, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Our football team uses it to organise matches an the local athletics association uses it to provide updates on fixtures etc. That's about it.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      I guess Facebook is a good option for doing that. Far from the only one though!

  118. Rafael G
    July 10, 2014 at 6:08 am

    First, it can be addictive. We all want to see what our best friends (or not so much) are doing, and what are they up to.
    Second, fun way to waste time.
    Third, there's really no other option regarding social networks, there's no other social network which has at least the same amount of active users AND the same features. I would gladly switch to G+ or some other but it's not the same without all the users FB has.
    And lastly, it's become my new messenger, it's the only way I can chat with most of my friends and collegues in one application.
    I have tried to stay away from FB and even have deleted my account several times but I can't stay away for long.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      So if G+ DID have as many users, you'd be happy to switch over? It's not that you dislike any part of G+ itself?

  119. Kishor B
    July 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends (via chat). I've unfollowed everyone so that I don't get annoying posts on my home page.

  120. Rickey B
    July 10, 2014 at 4:46 am

    I have one reason for using face book - my employer uses it to post the weekly work schedule. This is a sole proprietorship business and a good 80% of the workforce is high school or college kids and it the easiest way for the employer to get message out. The business uses a closed group.

    I had deactivated my account several years before taking this job because I did not like the idea of my information just being out there. I reactivated it just for this employer and will deactivate it when I change jobs.

    When I reactivated my account I set the security setting really high. My outlook account cannot find me even!

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      So you've effectively been forced to carry on using Facebook. That sucks.

  121. vta
    July 10, 2014 at 4:28 am

    To see pics of my grand daughter. Also as a sort of RSS feed from certain groups/pages. Same as twitter.

  122. vta
    July 10, 2014 at 4:27 am

    To see pics of my grand daughter. Also as a sort of RSS feed from certain groups/pages. Same as twitter.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I must admit sharing pictures with people is very easy on Facebook. Which is why I see so many blasted baby pics in my news feed!!!

  123. Sasrankumar
    July 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Because most of the people not calling and texting each other because of cost.while in facebook we can able to make call message video chat etc and also there we can do group chat.then most of the news is uploaded quickly rather than any other website.....

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Twitter breaks news faster than Facebook! At least in my experience.

    • Lola B
      July 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Twitter is quite noisy, though. Can be easy to miss stuff. I use Tweetbot and somewhere (probably in my Mac's notification center), I've set it to let me know when some of my favorite people tweet. Helps a bit. A tiny bit.

  124. TQM
    July 10, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I only use FB for 2 things: to stay in touch with my friends (I'm living aboard) and to use my profile for other sites which require login. I rarely post anything on my timeline. Considering the fact that most free messenging apps or video call apps aren't as popular in other countries as in the States, FB is my ultimate choice (besides Skype).

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I'm sure for people living abroad Facebook is an absolute Godsend!

  125. Randy Brown
    July 10, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Well I think having a Facebook account is convenient for sign up in orther sites. ,and it's a good place to build my own real and professional profile.

    • Jay
      July 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Randy you should be using a password manager like LastPass to produce unique passwords that you don't have to remember instead of signing in to places with Facebook, Yahoo or Google.

    • Wilson
      July 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Facebook is a weak social network for a professional profile: it has been designed and intended as a casual, personal network from the beginning. The backroom lingo for Facebookers in many companies I know is "AOLers", and the impression is that this is a group of people that are lagging behind in business-level Internet skills.

      Your resume should be in LinkedIn if your are looking to impress in business.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      I can see that logic, Randy. However, as someone else suggested, LinkedIn is a good alternative for a professional profile.

  126. Anthony
    July 10, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Simply because ...where else does everyone digitally meet up at? Leave messages?, rant about the goings on in the w.h.?Show baby pics? .....Where?

    • likefunbutnot
      July 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Answer: Anywhere you want.
      I have friends on Fark.com and on Imgur. I know how to get in touch with those people on those sites or directly via E-mail or IM. If I needed a message space, I'd create a newsgroup (Google Group) or run vBulletin on a web server I already have.

      The argument that "everyone already has a Facebook account" is only valid for people who already have a Facebook account. The rest of the internet doesn't stop working, nor does it assume that anything like Facebook exists or needs to exist.

    • Freddy fb
      July 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Guess what...Fark and Ingur have, say it with me, a Facebook acct. Ohhh Nooooooo. I can't get away from it. You have one too don't you???

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      So for you it's purely because Facebook is where the action is? Unfortunately, that gives Facebook the power to do bad things and know most people will stick with them regardless.

  127. Tony K
    July 10, 2014 at 2:12 am

    I use it less than I used to but I do still use it, mostly because I have invested a lot of time on Facebook and most of my friends don't use another social network and I like to share activism subjects and some political things to as many people as possible to hopefully help make the world a better place. Also I've had conversations with people from all around the world and haven't had that happen before. I'm now using Twitter more and more though and Google + just doesn't do it for me.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      So, if you're friends were to decamp to a different social network, you would follow them away from Facebook?

  128. Chinmay S
    July 10, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I use Facebook to log into MakeUseOf.

    • Vnay T
      July 11, 2014 at 7:11 am

      LOL! Almost all of us use #facebook to log into every other website now days. :D

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Good point!

    • Klenginem Fan
      July 29, 2014 at 6:43 am

      And that`s why FB is still so popular. It is no longer a mere social website, it has become the Rome of the Internet - wherever you are, you`ll always find a "road" to it, whether it`s a "Like" button, or a login window requiring your FB credentials. Whether it`s good or not, it`s up to you to decide, but if you`re familiar with the history of Rome, you`ll find surprisingly many similarities, the good and the bad ones.

  129. Catherine
    July 10, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I use it instead of making bookmarks and I'm in some Bible study groups, self-improvement group, film noir group. I have no friends, because that's the way I want it to be.

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      You save domains on Facebook then? But you have no friends on Facebook. That's rather unusual.

    • Catherine
      July 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Family drama is why I have no friends. A few peeps in my family of adults act like spoiled brats. I have no time for this drama, so I nipped it in the bud!

    • Scott T
      July 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I do agree, facebook has taken a big toll in our lives, we interact more on social media now then we do in real life.. its sad

    • Catherine
      July 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Yes Scott, so true. I finally joined FB in October of 2013, it has absorbed my time like a sponge (my own fault). On the plus side, not having friends, family and drama, I can see tons of things that resonate with me in a positive light. It's bad enough email can turn into one-sided dialog that usually leads to drama and a life of its own in my whacked family.

    • David
      August 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I played around with Facebook briefly, years ago. To me it was an odd mix of drama and self absorption. There are people in my family who spend hours every day on Facebook and when I visit them they have this odd desire to read posts to me. It is so strange. They sit there, not interacting with people in the same room(other than saying "ooohh, listen to what so and so said...", that is not normal. And it is not just my family, this seems to be something that a lot of FB users do.

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