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More Users Are Shunning Facebook

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the we-hates-it dept.

Facebook 411

Hugh Pickens writes "Blake Snow writes that evidence suggests that a small but increasing number of users — at least in North America, where Facebook use is especially saturated — may be shunning the site with Facebook losing nearly 6 million users, falling from 155.2 million at the start of May to 149.4 million at the end of the month, the first time the US has lost users in the past year. Some users complain they're spending so much time on Facebook that they're short-changing the rest of their lives. 'I figured out that I wouldn't look back as an old man and wish I had spent more time on Facebook,' says David Cole, an IT manager from Boston, adding that he believes the popular social-networking site is a useful tool, but not a replacement for what he calls 'realbook' experiences. Kip Krieger, a college student from Virginia, says Facebook has become predictable. 'It's really gotten to a point where I know pretty much what my friends are going to post. They usually just write the same thing over and over again, and I am getting sick of that.' Still there are a lot more satisfied customers of Facebook than disgruntled ones, so are Facebook shunners a tiny minority or part of a growing trend? 'Having that connection with others is a very powerful thing,' says Toby Bushman who felt so much pressure that she decided to rejoin Facebook, and is glad she did. 'It makes me feel like I'm a part of something bigger and more grand than just my life as a stay-at-home mother.'"

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Facebook is a good tool (4, Interesting)

cgeys (2240696) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512164)

Seriously, what are they expecting? That their friends are there to entertain them 24/7? I don't expect MSN Messenger to entertain me all the time either, why would I expect Facebook to do so. It's a communication tool. I've found it really useful, especially since I'm living in different sides of the world every half a year and having friends, wife and a family in both. But I don't expect it to stop hunger or give world peace.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (4, Funny)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512414)

I hope your wives and families don't read /.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Funny)

phoenixwade (997892) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512690)

Does having wives in different countries qualify as Bigamy?

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Interesting)

SMoynihan (1647997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512416)

Exactly. One doesn't blame the mail service because one has sent out invites for spammers to send spam letters.

Facebook enables you to keep in touch with those you want to keep in touch with. If you are finding that those you friend send more trash than value, there is a simple answer:

Don’t friend them.

Seriously, if you don't want to spend time listening to drivel - you would avoid the drivelers - not cut off your ears (well, I hope not).

Caveat emptor: If you end up with no friends, it is likely a statement on your standards, or your choice of acquaintances.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512418)

For someone like you Facebook would be a boon, but you're the exception. Me, I really have no use for it. I have an "unlimited" cell phone plan (don't pay for minutes, $50 per month flat fee for calls, long distance, roaming, text, internet, and email) and can call, text, or email anybody I know for free.

I think it's a fad, like Hula hoops, pet rocks, mood rings, and... um, what's the name of that social networking site everybody was on a few years ago? I've forgotten. Chances are in five years everybody will have forgotten Facebook as well.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (2)

cgeys (2240696) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512576)

There's a difference between phone and Facebook. I won't always want to call people to ask how they're doing and I won't call someone if I see something fun or interesting on the internet. I also won't do that via email, because sending useless stuff personally like that isn't just nice, neither for you or the receiver. Facebook on the other hand lets you do that without getting too personal or intimate. It's especially good for people you see sometimes but really don't have that much to talk with. I also won't be calling some old friends all the time, but from Facebook I can randomly see those things.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512434)

Agreed. It is as much of a tool or a time suck as you want it to be. Some of my friends are on every game on there, and zone out all the time. I use it for contacts and events only. They spend 30 hours a week, I spend 1. Works for me, and I guess for them.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Interesting)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512808)

Word... I got sucked in during the early days when there wasn't really much to do other than play Mafia Wars (I blame my wife, it was one of the few games she's ever gotten into). Was primarily interested in figuring out the game mechanic, as well as marveling at their psychological hacking techniques (pure genius... if only someone would apply this type of random reward & leveling system to education, we could work wonders, or churn out our own suicide bombers, or at least do something amazing). Anyway, after playing through some of our cultural heritage "campaigns" (Moscow and Bangkok), got stuck on some glitch and took that opportunity to quit cold turkey and never looked back.

But then a lot of my childhood friends started popping up, and now that a lot of these "too cool for facebook" people are finally leaving, it's actually becoming kind of nice again.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Interesting)

Xest (935314) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512492)

Well I don't think TFA is even true, this story has popped up elsewhere over the last few days, Slashdot is a bit late getting to it. Facebook themselves and another 3rd party have both said these numbers are bunk, and I think they're probably right.

The same study suggests 1.5million Canadians also quit in a single month, that's 5% of Canada's entire population quitting Facebook in May. Now, to me that seems pretty odd, why so many, why May? For this to be realistic there'd almost certainly have to have been some good reason why so many chose that specific month to all leave together but I'm not aware of any event that would've caused such a mass exodus.

I think Facebook might well be in slight decline in early adopting countries, but to the degree, with the numbers listed in TFA? Seems pretty unlikely, the numbers are just far too large for so many people to coincidentally all just pick one month to leave.

The original articles on it suggested it was about privacy, but perhaps more realistically people haven't actually quit because of privacy, but have in fact boosted their privacy settings causing problems for whatever arbitrary method was used to measure these user counts.

I couldn't really care what happens to Facebook personally, but I'm sick of seeing this story because frankly, it seems to almost certainly be completely and utterly full of shit- a classic attention whoring attempt using sensationalist tosh.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512698)

I know a LOT of people that have quit facebook... quit as in changed to only looking at it for a few minutes once a week.

Why? because FB has made it an annoying piece of crap. you cant block all stupid game requests by default. now they allow fricking apps to post to your wall, and they stop showing you people that you have not commented on any of their stuff in the past 30 days.

Facebook utterly sucks compared to a year ago.. It's fricking turning into MySpace.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (1)

ifrag (984323) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512806)

quit as in changed to only looking at it for a few minutes once a week.

Heh, if that's the criteria used then I've never actually been "on" facebook. I'm guessing that's what the article means, since it's supposedly impossible to really delete yourself from it completely.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512824)

You sound fat.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (1)

slackzilly (2033012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512756)

Why may? The rapture happened on may 21. That's why. *poof* and all the righteous people disappeared.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (3, Interesting)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512814)

There's also the question of what Facebook counts as a user. I've got a bare page there, just so that friends of friends can track me. Never posted anything, barely go to visit friends' pages once a month when I'm bored, and when I get the facebook "please come baaaack" email.

I find my life not *that* interesting that I want to make a "book" out of it. And the interesting parts, are, mostly, too private to entrust to facebook. The same seems to be true about my friends' lives, except they do post, and ave no qualms about private stuff, mostly.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (4, Insightful)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512848)

What I don't know is how these numbers are measured. These numbers don't come from FB but third parties and rely on things like "unique visitors" and ad traffic. Depending on the methodology, the measurements can be subject to external factors. Anything that relies on ads is subject to ad blocking. Counting on visitors might be skewed if they are counting MAC addresses, IP addresses etc. For example the drop in May in Canada can be attributed to university students going home after the school year and everyone using the family computer instead of their own.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (4, Insightful)

Deep Esophagus (686515) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512558)

The key is to know what Facebook is good for, and what it is not. As a gaming platform, it's awful - and yet people gladly surrender not only their time but their marketable data and often real money to play idiotic, plotless dreck like Mafia Wars and Farmville.

On the other hand, it's great for quickly disseminating news, vacation photos, etc. that I'd like to share with friends and family (and NO others) all at once, and conversely, find out when friends and family have important news --- someone has graduated, someone is in the hospital, someone got abducted by aliens and is now Elvis' love slave on Europa...

I don't even mind using it as a discussion forum occasionally, although it's ill-suited for that (no way to search past discussions, no threaded replies, etc.) Sometimes a friend will feel strongly enough about some item in the news that he or she will post a rant, and it's interesting to see the various responses from the friends of that friend. I've also been able to crowdsource when I needed ideas quickly to solve a problem.

On the other other hand, hanging on Facebook 24/7 and announcing every time you fart or move from one room to another or what you just ate... give it a rest, guys. Fortunately not many of my friends are that wrapped up in FB or themselves that they need to do so, just a couple of colleagues from work.

And as far as security, you just have to be aware of the flaws and don't do anything that could make you the victim of identity theft (or get you fired). Don't post your home address or phone number; in that spot I tell people to message me privately if they need that and do not have it. Don't announce when you are going to leave the house empty for two weeks at a time. Don't brag about doing something illegal, or against company policy, or whatever. And for the love of all that is binary, don't give stupid apps permission to access your private data, or answer intrusive questions about yourself just because some stupid app wants you to.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512688)

> someone got abducted by aliens and is now Elvis' love slave on Europa...

Attempt no philandering there.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512740)

i dont disagree with you except for your gaming platofrm comment. It has one large advantage in that its free. Free beer is good beer.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512692)

Try IRC. There's someone there to entertain you 24/7. And it's a lot harder for your indiscretions on IRC to get back to your family or employer. It's even gotten me laid. YMMV.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512706)

Then what's wrong with just using MSN Messenger (or other IM network) for communication? I've never used any of the social networking web sites simply because I've never seen the value in them. My IM client, email and/or phone are plenty for staying in touch with friends, family and business contacts.

Re:Facebook is a good tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512722)

Seems like lots of people don't realize that FB is more than just inane status updates from friends. I also use it as an RSS feed, since I subscribe to pages from various bands, sports teams, companies, etc. Now I can get all my news in one place, instead of having to go out to several individual web sites.

I'm sick of it ... (1)

amalek (615708) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512212)

Seems to be chock full of stalkers, spammers and generally maladjusted people talking to themselves via status updates. The only use I have for it now is keeping in touch with *old* friends and retrieving news feeds from various sites & services. Facesuck.

Re:I'm sick of it ... (5, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512294)

Seems to be chock full of stalkers, spammers and generally maladjusted people talking to themselves via status updates

Why are these people in your friends list in the first place? The whole internet is full of stalkers, spammers and generally maladjusted people. The point of Facebook (or any other messenger service) is that you only white-list those you want to associate with.

Re:I'm sick of it ... (2)

amalek (615708) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512322)

You know what, you're damn right. I am associating with some very strange people.

Re:I'm sick of it ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512420)

You get out of it what you put into it. That's the way it is with most things in life.

Re:I'm sick of it ... (1)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512512)

While we're at it... I hate LinkedIn too.

there should be a new Onion article (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512214)

Re:there should be a new Onion article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512268)

You know, I'm one of the few people I know who has never had a Facebook account.

Re:there should be a new Onion article (2)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512450)

Yes just one of the small $6.5 Billion people who aren't on Facebook. Quite the minority you are.

Re:there should be a new Onion article (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512526)

That's me! :P

In other news (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512218)

Kip Krieger, a college student from Virginia, says Facebook has become predictable.

Most people are just like you. Boring.

Facebook + $ (4, Interesting)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512230)

Facebook is going to make money by exploiting and mining the data they have (and ads). Losing some customers is to be expected. The interesting thing is that they reached a saturation point already.

But it doesn't seem like these folks are going to go to another social networking site.

Re:Facebook + $ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512296)

What's the value of unemployed people and homemakers sitting in front of their FB account all day? A number of which with multiple accounts to aid their "gaming" network numbers for crud like fartville and nafiawars.

Re:Facebook + $ (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512502)

Well I imagine they get ad revenue from the banner ads plastered on the fartville and nafiawars game pages (they probably get paid whether you are using adblock or not). And Zynga sells prepaid game cards to buy items in the games. Don't know if FB gets a slice of that or not.

Re:Facebook + $ (1)

jra (5600) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512406)

Why is it "interesting" that they achieved saturation with *3/4 of the adult humans in the US*?

That's a pretty damned impressive number...

Re:Facebook + $ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512500)

At one point, Blockbuster had similar numbers. Now look at them.

Well, there goes my damn corn crop (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512242)

Sure, having a "life" is all well and good for my friends. But have they paused for even a moment and thought about what will become of my farm?!?!?

Re:Well, there goes my damn corn crop (1)

The-Blue-Clown (1261404) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512380)

LOL!

Re:Well, there goes my damn corn crop (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512754)

"But have they paused for even a moment and thought about what will become of my farm?!?!?"

a wasteland of lost productivity?

Oh wait....

In Before... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512274)

In before the horde of "I'm not Facebook" posts.

Facebook's lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512286)

Facebook only got what it deserved !

Re:Facebook's lame (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512320)

Lots of money and lots of data to further sell to marketing firms?

I left Facebook... (4, Informative)

gQuigs (913879) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512300)

And I have not looked back... For me, I got tired of changing my privacy options all the time to keep what I wanted private, private. They kept changing them so that I would have to reconfigure things, for the same level of privacy.

My blog on how to leave Facebook and keep some of the interesting information: bryanquigley.com/uncategorized/leaving-facebook [bryanquigley.com]

Re:I left Facebook... (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512510)

I don't change my setting that much. But I also have no information on facebook. No pictures at all, no checkins aloud, no constant updates. Do what they want with security, I got nothing there. Best security, is not to trust someone else's.

Re:I left Facebook... (2)

jkmartin (816458) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512562)

You never really leave Facebook. I thought I had deleted my account but signed back in a month later and it was still there. All my friends still present. Even the pictures and comments I had deleted individually were still there.

Re:I left Facebook... (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512632)

You forgot to delete your cache.

users vs time (3, Interesting)

SemperUbi (673908) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512306)

I bet the loss in users is nothing compared to the proportion of users who keep their accounts but don't use the site, or view without ever posting. The site is an unpleasant minefield of tiny little areas you never want to click on. If users are declining when so many people have more than one account, I bet they're tanking more than they'll ever want to admit.

Re:users vs time (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512542)

Exactly! I was wondering how they knew so many people had stopped using their accounts altogether but this number is just those who actively closed their account. I suspect the number of dormant accounts is triple or more.

One opinion (2)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512308)

IMHO, the people who are leaving Facebook have realized that it's not just another blog where they can post semi-anonymous inflammatory political rhetoric. Their Facebook friends will come down on their bogus opinions hard and people don't like to be told that they're full of sh*t by people they know. Just one aspect, IMHO. For me, living far away from most of my long-time friends, it's nice to be able to passively catch up with them. If you disagree with me, then you are a heartless bastard. ;-)

Re:One opinion (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512408)

Conversely they cannot express their true thoughts either for fear of their family and friends reactions.

Re:One opinion (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512440)

Then they shouldn't have made their postings available to those people?

Re:One opinion (1)

anyGould (1295481) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512428)

For me, living far away from most of my long-time friends, it's nice to be able to passively catch up with them. If you disagree with me, then you are a heartless bastard. ;-)

That's about where I am with Facebook - a low-maintenance way to keep up with old high-school/university friends that doesn't require exceptional effort on either person's part. (Essentially the digital form of bumping into them on the street and having a two-minute "what's up!" chat).

The pyramid-scheme games ("get one more friend to sign up and we'll let you play our game more!") and the companies begging for "likes" everywhere.. I happily live without most of that.

Re:One opinion (1)

second_coming (2014346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512456)

Agreed. I don't understand all the Facebook bashing. If people post stuff you don't like, either get Facebook to hide it or defriend them. It's not hard.

So, what's the difference? (1)

snugge (229110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512310)

"It's really gotten to a point where I know pretty much what my friends are going to post."

Newsflash: your friends are just as predictable in real life.

Re:So, what's the difference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512474)

Yes, but in real life, they don't bother shouting it on the pubic place which is basicaly what posting on facebook equals to.

Shun the unbeliever! SHUN!!! (1)

SockPuppetOfTheWeek (1910282) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512338)

Then again, maybe they're not losing users at all - maybe they're just cracking down on fake accounts.

Anecdotal evidence (4, Insightful)

Inda (580031) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512342)

My young daughter and her friends have recently left Facebook. The reason? Because everyone's parents now use Facebook.

Those skilled in the internet have known Facebook will not last forever. The media, having hyped the living shite out of it for the past few years, are about to jump on the "Facebook is a sinking ship" hype, and I'm happy to help.

Good riddance to bad websites.

Re:Anecdotal evidence (0)

dunezone (899268) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512424)

Don't forget about those of us who were on Facebook back when it was only University/College students. Once they opened the flood gates to everyone it lost that "secret society" appeal.

Re:Anecdotal evidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512530)

... and then all the kids will join another website that the parents know nothing about, that site will become the cool thing to join, until the parents sign up to this one, and.... well, let's just start singing "Circle of Life" from The Lion King!

Re:Anecdotal evidence (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512844)

that's always the case: music, stars, films, even games...

Re:Anecdotal evidence (1)

second_coming (2014346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512536)

It's highly likely they set up new accounts and are making sure their parents don't get added as friends this time. My 18yo daugher isn't on my friends list as she wouldn't want me seeing her page and I wouldn't want her seeing mine.

Re:Anecdotal evidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512696)

"Those skilled in the internet"

I wish this phrase could go viral

Re:Anecdotal evidence (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512720)

My young daughter and her friends have recently left Facebook. The reason? Because everyone's parents now use Facebook.

For what? Have they found the next big thing yet?

Re:Anecdotal evidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512788)

My young daughter and her friends have recently left Facebook. The reason? Because everyone's parents now use Facebook.

For what? Have they found the next big thing yet?

yep, i've heard talk that the next big thing is this place called 'the park'.

Re:Anecdotal evidence (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512804)

My young daughter and her friends have recently left Facebook. The reason? Because everyone's parents now use Facebook.

For what? Have they found the next big thing yet?

Yes, they have: It's a novel form of new social networking called MFTF (Meeting Face To Face)

So what? (1)

Smigh (1634175) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512350)

So its user base decreased around 3%, so what? I'm not a big facebook user but I find it funny how these little fluctuations always give rise to these sort of news saying that users are angry and whatnot.

Eh, it's just First World ennui kicking in (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512352)

I'd expand on that, but, uuuuurh. Wresting is on.

Re:Eh, it's just First World ennui kicking in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512488)

Liar! Wrestling is not on in the morning!

Facebook is fueled by narcissism. (5, Insightful)

The-Blue-Clown (1261404) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512356)

I have personally not dropped my facebook page but I visit a lot less often now. I've closed my blog page and I have returned to writing letters. I'm an IT admin so its a little difficult relearning to "write" with a pen so that others can read it. But a lot of my friends world-wide like the letter with the clipped photos and other things I send. There is something more personable in a letter that someone actually wrote and handled. i also got a custom wax stamp so i send them out with wax seals like they used to 100 years ago.

Re:Facebook is fueled by narcissism. (5, Interesting)

instagib (879544) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512550)

A written, physical letter is like a hand-made gift in these times. Between that and sites like Facebook there is still E-Mail - faster and more practical than the first, but much more personal (and hopefully with thoughtful content) than the latter. E-Mail is my favourite tool since 1991 to keep in contact with people I care about.

Re:Facebook is fueled by narcissism. (1)

The-Blue-Clown (1261404) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512612)

Yep. But I am not that interesting so a letter from me every month is enough. Plus I like the idea that someone doesn't have to be plugged in to read my letter or look at pictures. This is especially true for some of my friends in other developing countries.

Re:Facebook is fueled by narcissism. (1)

GNious (953874) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512564)

I also got a custom wax stamp so i send them out with wax seals like they used to 100 years ago.

Am thinking automated sorting-machines at the post-offices must love your letters :)

Re:Facebook is fueled by narcissism. (1)

The-Blue-Clown (1261404) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512666)

LMAO! Yeah i imagine so, however I live in a small town. Chesterfield, SC where 5 cars in a row is considered a pile up. I doubt they have ever even seen an auto sorter of any type. But I seal up the letter and then drop it in a standard white business envelope so as not to cause to much pain. The wax seal is at the bottom, the stamping happens at the top.

Re:Facebook is fueled by narcissism. (4, Funny)

sgt101 (120604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512818)

I myself like to "write" letters by cutting out words and letters from the bible and gluing them onto paper to form messages such as "He is watching over you" and "Behold the glory of the lord is upon you" which I then send to people I find in the phone book.

I don't use a wax seal though.

Uhh, privacy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512358)

You're telling me no one is leaving the site due to worries over personal privacy?

Go live real life (4, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512360)

Turn off the TV, shut down the computer, and go interact with other people, or go do something with your hands. You'd be amazed how many calories you burn by puttering around in the garage or in the yard, or by meeting friends out in public. You should especially do this kind of stuff in the years between 18 and getting married. Don't worry about updating your status, use that smartphone to assist being out and about, not as a replacement for it.

Life is short, don't squander it.

Re:Go live real life (3, Funny)

instagib (879544) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512648)

shut down the computer

I can't, I forgot the root password, you insensitive clod!

Re:Go live real life (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512812)

go do something with your hands

But...but...I need my computer to get all the por...

Re:Go live real life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512820)

This is exactly the reason I do use facebook. I went to my 25th grade school reunion, many parties and a ton of shows with my friends because of facebook. I wouldn't have known most of these were happening, and the grade school reunion was almost spur of the moment and quickly organized because of facebook.

Yes, some people "waste" time on farmville, but that's no different than time spent playing video games. Facebook has made it possible to organize real-world events with many people that were very difficult and time consuming to contact before that.

Another non-story (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512364)

So, people get on Facebook. The use it for awhile. They decide they don't like it. The get off of it. Quelle surprise.

Real-world consequences (3, Insightful)

odin84gk (1162545) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512378)

I'm not going to say this is the start of the end, but it certainly shows that people are no longer "excited" about the social network world.

People are noticing real-world consequences to the privacy issues, reducing the amount of interesting stuff that people will post. I've run into employer issues, I've had relatives with relationship issues, and I've read enough about legal issues to be wary about what I post. Add in the number of businesses embracing Facebook, and you start to see why "social networks" have reached a saturation point.

It still has its uses. It is more personal than email (great for keeping your family updated on life events). It is easier to control reoccurring events, such as birthday parties and pick-up games in the park. It is also easier to ignore people on Facebook than through email. I will continue to use it about as regularly as I use my email, but that doesn't mean I like it.

from the we-hates-it dept. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512382)

Damnit. Now I'm constantly envisioning Zuckerberg cowering before some Terminal, uttering "They stole it from us!"

I don't miss it (2)

g051051 (71145) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512430)

I dumped Facebook a few months back, because I got tired of having to constantly tweak the privacy settings, and I was drowning in Zynga spam from other users.

I'm one of those 6 Million... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512444)

I had one for a (short) while, but I got sick and tired of having to go back in and turn stuff off every time they "improved" their "privacy" settings. It was like nailing jello to a wall. The only "payoff" was being contacted by asshats from high school that I didn't want to talk to anyway.So I nuked it, then rooted my phone and deleted the app from there too. Done.

Now hear this : (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512454)

The internet is not for making friends.

The real world, AKA "meatspace", is where that is done.

Idiots use Facebook. Average people used it briefly and quit.

Truly intelligent people never considered using it.

Of course this means that vast numbers of people will continue to
use Facebook. I only wish it were possible to sterilize them all
via their computer screens ...

Re:Now hear this : (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512728)

I only wish it were possible to sterilize them all
via their computer screens ...

If only...

Facebook, meet Myspace, meet Geocities (4, Interesting)

Fractal Dice (696349) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512594)

Facebook is following the same trajectory of all social networking sites from the dawn of the Internet ... people pile in, then eventually take a harder look at the product they are becoming and start to pull away, starting a long bleeding decline. What's astonishing is that once again, a company appeared which honestly seemed to think they were different, that they weren't subject to the same pattern of free-growth and decay-on-monitization.

Nothing to do with Facebook (2)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512608)

As far as I am concerned, this has more to do with how Facebook (and others) are used against people in the work place, at school, by insurance companies, by lawyers and even during pre-employment screenings. As it has been legally supported by court rulings that it's okay to use that information for those purposes (despite the fact that it hinders certain constitutional amendments, the separation of personal and professional life and more), it comes down to the users having two choices: participate or not participate.

I saw this LONG long ago and I decided not to participate as the best option. I think others are beginning to see it as well.

Thank-you Adium and Pidgin! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512610)

Because I can use third-party clients for Facebook chat I don't need to visit the actual FB site any more. For me, it's always just been the latest (and most awkward from my point of view) IM service in a line stretching back through MSN all the way back to ICQ.

Affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512616)

I left Facebook because my wife became emotionally involved with one of my friends on it! And I've heard about twenty stories of people who have wound up hooking up with an old flame, often cheating on their wives or husbands this way.

I enjoyed social networking and really didn't want to leave, but the fact is that it turns out that some people I have known in the past and was trying to keep in my present are simply dangerous!

Sounds like Sensationalistic media to me (2)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512628)

If you aren't rising, you are falling. The public loves a good riches to rags story just as much as they like a rags to riches. So total active users dropped 6 million out of 700 million total. Big deal. In terms of a subscriber base it doesn't really matter. There are still tons of accounts ripe for data mining. Maybe those accounts were false accounts. Maybe they were expired accounts from people who got their old Facebook account hacked and created a brand new one and the old one finally lapsed. Maybe some people died.

Maybe FB is plateauing. It happens to every huge company, they have stop growing sometime. Maybe they drop 1% and their gains/losses level off. But thanks to the 24 hr news cycle we have "oh noes! FB is ded because a few people went outside! Film at 11!"

Hmm... (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512658)

divorce rate in the US: about 48% (depending on what stats you use)

Number of lawyers that advise clients to delete their Facebook accounts the second they file for divorce: rising significantly.

Or hey, maybe everyone is quitting and installing their own Diaspora node. Yup, that HAS to be it!

Familiarity (2)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512668)

a college student from Virginia, says Facebook has become predictable. "It's really gotten to a point where I know pretty much what my friends are going to post. They usually just write the same thing over and over again...

This is the other side of the bar that the Turing Test seeks to hurdle. Many real human beings, it turns out, after a while, become highly predictable.

What would Turing say about this phenomenon?

cocky site (2)

scarboni888 (1122993) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512676)

i got banned from facebook without any explanation whatsoever. They must think they're pretty fucking special they can go around doing that to people. Well f-them - my life improved dramatically after that due to actually attending to my life as opposed to wasting time on their garbage so they actually did me a favour.

Facebook Kryptonite: Parents (3, Funny)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512700)

Having my parents join completely changed my use of FB, and to some extent real life. as now every possible drunken shenanigans picture might get a comment from my mom.

Now I can have my overbearing over protective mom follow me and judge me all the time? Brilliant!

Oh and don't dare not friend them, or unfriendly them. That just makes it worse.

get used to it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512734)

these usage rates will continue to drop as more and more people realize that facebook isn't really that useful once you're already connected to people.

i hope beyond hope that they IPO as soon as possible so that lots of idiotic investors can see what can happen to an internet service company in the matter of a year or so when they are no longer the goto place.

Predictable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36512778)

Just like MySpace, LiveJournal, etc before it. Nobody's gotten the social formula perfect enough to even survive the evolution of their own customer base, let alone long term internet social structure trends. I'm one of many who has deleted my own facebook account in the past 6 months, but I'm atypical to begin with (I only grudgingly made an account, and hardly ever posted anything, and it always made me uncomfortable - my tipping point was all their privacy bullshit recently).

Privacy concerns by the paranoid like myself aside, the major problem with facebook for the masses is this:

People are realizing that with how well-connected the social graph is in Facebook, there truly is no way to compartmentalize your life there. If you decide to live on Facebook and post your real life there, you can't filter that stream of data/opinion/image the way most people do in real life. Most people have several different versions of themselves: the one they present to their parents, the one they present to close friends, to associates, to potential dating/marriage partners, to religious friends, to potential and current employers, etc, etc.

There is no strategy that can accomplish this on Facebook while still making Facebook useful. Even if you use a pseudonym account, if you link with your friends, and they link their families and jobs, etc... one way or another the social network corrects itself and you will end up indirectly telling your grandmother, your ex-girlfriend, and your boss about what happened the morning after you took that slut home from that shady singles bar.

Facebook spokesman: "Facebook is like broccoli"?! (1)

__roo (86767) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512782)

From TFA: Facebook officials say their service is good for people. "Facebook can be like broccoli," [Facebook spokesman] Schnitt says. "Everyone can benefit from it but not everyone will want to."

That's very unflattering. Is that really how Facebook is perceived by the people who work there?

Isn't that why she became a stay at home mom? (1)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 3 years ago | (#36512786)

To be come a part of something bigger and more grand than just my life at some job while someone else raises her kids?

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