Facebroke

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Like 99.9999% of the world’s population, I am part of the Facebook phenomenon that has engulfed the world.

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I’m seriously considering leaving the entire social media malarkey, except blogging, which I have never considered to be social media. Facebook, in the early days, was a real boon for me, mainly keeping in touch with far-flung family. You could see their photographs, listen to little Tommy making his first burp or even see photos of Kevin’s egg curry they had for dinner! It was all quite funny and nice to be able to talk with each other, no matter how far apart in the world. And of course, free.

Snowflake?

However, the past twelve months or so, the aggression that seems to have taken over the whole social media thing is nothing short of disgraceful. Remember when you could have a conversation and disagree with someone? Differing opinions and the like, it’s what makes the world go around. These days, if you dare show a thought that’s not inline with someone’s thinking then you’re a ‘snowflake’ or worse, something that I could not possibly repeat here. What the heck is a snowflake anyway?

Grammer

My grammar may not be the best, but some of the posts I have seen on Facebook and Twitter, you have to spend half an hour trying to work out what’s being said. They can always spell the swear words though. Then again, I suppose swear words are the same in whatever language they are written. So much aggression, some people have an awful lot of anger pent up inside themselves. I wonder where it all comes from? There’s far too much of it for me to hang around.

Carry On

Reading back through this post, it looks as if I’ve lost my sense of humour. I suppose that’s what happens when you get caught up in all the foul-mouthed bickering that goes on. The negativity drains you of the last tiny bit of positivity. Where did those innocent days of posting cats, food and blurred photographs at the family get together go? It’s all a little like a ‘Carry On’ film, the world dived into Facebook and Twitter and was all nice to each other before the mass brawl broke out.

My Rant Is Done

Hopefully, that’s my rant done with. Thankfully, the blogging world seems to be full of nice people, well, the ones I’ve come across in my WordPress world are very nice. Long live blogging. I usually put a link to whatever subject I’ve been talking about, but I’m not going to put one to Facebook or Twitter. Instead, here’s a link to Great Ormond Street Hospital that does a lot of fantastic work for children and I know they are glad of any donations too. Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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58 Comments
  • conniejjasperson
    February 21, 2020

    Hello. I so agree with you–it’s shocking the depths we as a species can sink to. I still believe in the spark of decency that abides in most people, even when I’m faced with the onslaught of vileness. High five, fellow traveler of the high road!

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, Connie. High five back atchya. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tish Farrell
    February 21, 2020

    Am thinking you’re spot on, Trev.

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, Tish.

  • Terry Madeley
    February 21, 2020

    Great post, I agree with all of it except blogging not being social media โ€” it’s the original and the best kind of social media! I share your views on Facebook but I put a lot of the blame on Twitter for all this aggression. Its original low character limit discouraged considered opinions, I think. Instead, people are just shouting at each other or being taken out of context. With blogging you can take your time and be more careful and considerate with what you write. Anyway, that’s *my* rant over!

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, Terry. You raise some great points.

  • Yetismith
    February 21, 2020

    Absolutely agree. Sometimes it’s quite shocking to read the exchanges.

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, Yeti. I agree with you, some of the replies are shocking.

      • librepaley
        February 21, 2020

        Blessed are the ranters in the face of the unacceptable. And PS hate the term snowflake!

        • admin
          February 21, 2020

          Thank you, librepaley.

  • rugby843
    February 21, 2020

    I agree. I felt depressed just reading some of it, so I quit them. I do miss the family photos, but we all have cameras on our devices, so they can be sent in other ways. Everyone is just too busy anymore in their own worlds.

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, Rugby. It is depressing and a little scary if I’m honest.

  • Peter's pondering
    February 21, 2020

    Some time ago I announced a huge cull of my friends list and stated that I would only comment or like if the mood took me. Only one person said that they would miss me!

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      I think a lot of people don’t really see others as people on there, Peter. Thank you.

  • YouLittleCharmer
    February 21, 2020

    Brilliant riposte to all things social media. Love it ๐Ÿ–ค

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, YouLittleCharmer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    February 21, 2020

    I also felt the same way about Facebook. A neighbor from my hometown in Georgetown, Guyana, who now lives in Canada invited me to sign up to keep in touch with her family. Though I still maintain my account, I left the media platform several years ago for the reasons you cite.

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      I think a lot more people will be doing the same, Rosaliene. Thank you.

  • Paulie
    February 21, 2020

    I actually deleted my FB account for a while. For a while because FB doesn’t just let you drop out. Your account is in a sort of limbo to let you mull it over. Alas I went back, mostly because I didn’t want to lose touch with some friends that I’d made on FB.
    Now I simply stop following people who get annoyingly political. I check back on them from time to time to see if they’ve mellowed out. It’s a nice little time out for them.

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      I am getting close to that point. Paulie. I hope people to mellow as some of the nonsense and vile replies they post are just unbelievable. Thank you.

  • luisa zambrotta
    February 21, 2020

    I totally agree with what you say
    ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

    • admin
      February 21, 2020

      Thank you, Luisa. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

  • f0509c
    February 21, 2020

    Very well said .. For example Facebook is the biggest source of
    stupid people who can insult anyone else.
    There are photos that insult some people and interfere in their privacy.
    These people destroy original photos
    On the facebook don’t exist copyright. Nobody cares about these problems.
    Facebook works like a racing car without a driver. What do you think about this … ???

    Sorry for my English. Is not my first language. But I hope, you understand me. If my comment is not good, you can delete it.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you and your English is fine.

  • Amanda Ricks
    February 21, 2020

    All good points Trev. In recent years social media has all but lost its social component. I aggressively use lists and unfollowing to keep my feeds more pleasant, it makes a huge difference.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you, Amanda.

  • Bryntin
    February 21, 2020

    I think where Facebook lost it was in its scramble to connect everyone that’s on it (for their benefit, the growth of the advertising targeting data they could sell) whether you liked it or not. You ended up having posts commented on by people who were friends of friends of friends who you had no knowledge of and wouldn’t want to meet or know. Once you know what the company is really about, it’s difficult to justify wanting to be on there at all.

    Mind you, easier for me as I have no friends and don’t like the family much either.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you, Bryntin, sorry to hear you have no friends or family. ๐Ÿ˜•

      • Bryntin
        February 22, 2020

        No need to be sorry. I meant those relations who you only know by the fact they were introduced to you by your parents at a family do of some sort as ‘…and this is your second cousin…’ and you have never seen them beofre or again since but they friend you on Facebook and they turn out to be a Daily Mail reader and flat-earther or something worse, like a Conservative or something, and you regret it but don’t want to be the ‘unfriender’ because your Mum will have words about that and probably cut you out of her will… that sort of family.

        • admin
          February 22, 2020

          Ok. ๐Ÿ‘

  • Hope
    February 21, 2020

    I go on FB maybe once a week to see who is having a birthday of if my son and/or his friends send me something.
    Thank you for the link to “snowflake”. I learned something new today. The younger ones have their own language now-a-days.
    ๐Ÿ–ŒOf course they look at us strange with some the words my generation (senior) use. It’s too bad they don’t want to know anything about us (seniors). I have commented before we lost a lot of artistry in this world because younger generations don’t think it matters.โœ
    One day I would like to sing the song “Welcome To My World” ๐ŸŒŽthat is not being used in Apple Arcade commercial, which I found catchy and appealing to watch.
    Thank goodness for the world of blogging!!!!๐Ÿ““โŒจ

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you, Hope. ๐Ÿค—

  • susiesopinions
    February 21, 2020

    I only go on to share my posts, and check birthdays.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you, Susie and youโ€™re right, thatโ€™s the best way.

  • gianmarco groppelli, *J&J*
    February 22, 2020

    have a lovely weekend my friend ๐Ÿ™‹

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you and you.

  • The Hinoeuma
    February 22, 2020

    I left FakeBook two years ago. Things that people would never say to your face, they will spew behind a computer screen. I’m glad it didn’t exist when I was a teen because everyone has a cell phone and embarrassing videos drive many teens to suicide. Online bullying… It seems social media destroys integrity.

    You will feel better away from it. I never did the Twitter thing. Those folks are worse than FakeBook.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you. Too many keyboard warriors. ๐Ÿ˜”

  • SueW
    February 22, 2020

    I joined Facebook when it began and for similar reasons to you. A couple of years ago, I decided I’d had enough, Facebook had changed out of all recognition, the nastiness appalled me and to be honest I was beginning to find everyone’s personal posts boring. Occasionally, I go back and look around, if anything it gets worse.

    The other day I read a blog where the writer wrote a very interesting article about Social media.this is an extract – โ€Everyone had a view and most of their opinions were overexaggerated, logically flawed and inconsistent, and only existed because of the safety and anonymity online platforms provided.โ€

    Some time ago I also wrote about Social media and quoted Disney’s Bambi, โ€If you can’t say something nice, don’t say ‘nuthing’ at all!โ€

    I don’t consider blogging as Social Media either.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you, Sue. Everything you say is almost identical to how I see Facebook and Twitter. I find it worrying that people will believe almost anything without checking and then act nasty to others that won’t believe it. The Bambi quote is a great one for all of us.

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    February 22, 2020

    For your edification snowflake is: derogatory slang term for a person, implying that they have an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or are overly-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions.

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Thank you, June. I knew it was derogatory and I suppose in all of the verbal abuse that goes on in social media, it’s more of a less threatening word.

  • mitchteemley
    February 22, 2020

    Rant as often as you like, my friend!

    • admin
      February 23, 2020

      Thank you, Mitch. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • amanita
    February 23, 2020

    Haha, you nailed it:) I never gave a damn for fb and my heydays on G+ were over so I wasn’t quite unhappy when G+ was closed ๐Ÿ™‚ Twitter, who needs that by the way, xcept one certain Mr. President we all wouldn’t know at all if he didn’t twitter, and of course xcept all those lazy journalists who are paid far too well by public and state media networks. Insta is the home of influentsa, which are, in a more common language, people who do commercials, and of course home of girls with artificially lengthened hair,narrowed waists and pumped-up breasts (long live Photoshop and its relatives). TikTok is kindergarten games ๐Ÿ™‚ So what do we miss? We can write real texts and we can read, so blogging is the real thing for grown-up people ๐Ÿ™‚

    • admin
      February 23, 2020

      Thank you, Amanita and youโ€™re right too.

  • Yetismith
    February 23, 2020

    I meant to say the other day that I can’t imagine anyone “having a go” at you. Nuts to them!

    • admin
      February 23, 2020

      Oh, people on Facebook and Twitter, they will have a go at anyone. Thank you, Yeti. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lara/Trace
    February 23, 2020

    Yes, sir, blogging is a different world than social media. We are friends miles apart but still friends! (I got off FB three years ago – best decision I ever made)

    • admin
      February 24, 2020

      Thank you Lara and well said ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • parkermccoy
    February 23, 2020

    Very nice rant, old sod!! Haha. I don’t spend much time on FB anymore either. Since I started blogging, being on here is much more interesting. And I don’t consider this social media either. Social media like FB and Twitter seem to move so fast with so little substance but on here, I can read and engage with a post like this which is far more thought out and interesting. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great posts!

    • admin
      February 24, 2020

      Thank you Parker, I fully agree ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Brothers Campfire
    February 24, 2020

    I am blog only. Well written, friend!

    • admin
      February 24, 2020

      Thank you, Brothers ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Content Catnip
    February 24, 2020

    Crapbook is a cancer that I left behind several years ago. I lost nothing. Instead I see friends when I see them, or email them or phone this. This requires more general effort on my part or on the other person’s part and therefore feels far more like a genuine interaction of friendship, rather than simply pushing the like button, which is total BS. I hope you leave…you won’t regret it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • admin
      February 24, 2020

      Thank you. Agreed with you.

  • Kally
    March 11, 2020

    Please rant as you please. I totally agree with you.

    • Trev
      March 11, 2020

      Thank you, Kally ๐Ÿ˜Š

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