Why Facebook (to me) is the worst invention ever.

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You use it...Probably. I use it. It's everywhere. On every web-page. In every business. Half a billion people have one. On average people spend 700 billion minutes on it a month.
Facebook is everywhere. It's slowly taking over our lives. It's revolutionized the way we communicate and the way we interact.
People believe it's almost impossible to function as a member of western society without having a Facebook account, and not having Facebook is no longer a social norm! People reel back in horror at the thought of not being in contact to 160 people you don't know at any one time.
And the more people you are "friends with" is like a popularity contest. Girls in skimpy outfits usually have 1,000 more so-called friends than the average person. And in reality, do they have as many friends as you or I?

The fact is, facebook is the worst invention ever. It's taking over the world, until one day it'll rise up and become self-aware, dooming us all to be it's slaves on a giant, virtual farm.

You can't escape it

Nowadays you can't go anywhere without being in contact with facebook, It's at home, on your Laptop. It's on your mobile phone, and your MP3 player. There is literally no escape from it's news feed of doom! In fact, if you climbed Mount Everest, and reached its peak, guess what? You'd STILL be able to tell everyone you've just climbed the highest mountain on Earth, because the entire of Mt. Everest is 3G enabled! "Just climbed Everest, now I'm cold LOL"
So if you can't get to the highest mountain on Earth to escape the 50 people who want you to be their friends at any one time, where can you go? Maybe Mars, but it's only a matter of time until Martians pioneer their own little version. Maybe they'll use ours? "Dr Zoidberg has just crashed his spaceship into Pluto" It's only a matter of time!

Facebook is so available now, if anyone who has to go more than 10 minutes without checking what their 3,000 friends are doing at any one time they'll probably end up cowering in a corner, crying and mumbling to themselves! In fact, most would probably ring every member of their phone book and tell them what they're doing! "Hi, I'm calling to tell you, a cup of tea is the best way to start the day, and I couldn't sleep last night due to indigestion and explosive diarrhea! Anyway I've got to go, need to tell my mum about my bowel related issues, then start an argument about relationships with an ex-girlfriend. Bye!"
And Diarrhea is the perfect word for what's on Facebook, it's all rubbish! Why people keep going back on such a regular basis is a mystery! It really is!

But what's next? Facebook magazine? Facebook TV? Will it get to the point where there will literally be no way to escape? Maybe we'll all have Facebook micro-chips inserted into our brains, finally completing the last stage of Mark Zuckerberg's plan of world domination? It certainly would be difficult to escape from Facebook if it's continuously embedded into our skull!

"I'm not actually on Facebook I'm on (Censored), banned in 30 countries. This pleases me."
"I'm not actually on Facebook I'm on (Censored), banned in 30 countries. This pleases me." | Source

Nobody cares what people say anymore.

Go on Facebook right now? What are the first 3 status' you see? Post them in the comments if you please.
Now, ask yourself, do you care what these people are saying? Does this affect you in any way, shape and form? Perhaps if the only Facebook friends you have are family, it will affect you...But only if!
Everything is crap on Facebook nowadays. People write mindless, pretentious dribble that nobody actually cares about. Who cares if Charnice has broken up with Bradley? Who cares if Amy cheated on Matthew whilst drunk in Thailand? Why would I care? Why would you care?

Before I carry on, I'm all for freedom of speech, that's why I come on here. If they want to tell the world about their urine infection, that's fine by me! But if I don't know you, that's too much information. It's reaching the point of ridiculousness!
Do you even know half the people on your Facebook? Do you know Cheryl Slater? Or Christine Higgins? No? Then how does their love-life affect you in any way, shape or form? All it seems to be used for now is to spread gossip, and lies or secrets. It's becoming a weapon, used in psychological warfare to ruin the world as we know it! It'll break up families, smash friendships, and most likely, destroy the modern world! If you don't believe me, watch an episode of Jeremy Kyle, nearly all their problems can be traced back, you guessed it, Facebook!

In fact, chances are, there are only a handful of people who's actions and opinions matter to you. Close friends and family, which leads me to ask those with 1000+ friends, how many of those people do you talk to? And if they did get into trouble, would you be willing to help them out? You may say yes, but the likely answer will be no.

It's like a big-mouthed friend.

Stemming on from what I just said, Facebook's main purpose is to help people spread gossip! And that's the bottom line. It's almost like that's all people want to hear. Reasons why random people are nasty, vicious and spiteful. Or reasons why they're idiots, or silly, or just plain stupid. If it's not about somebody else, it seems like nobody really wants to know.

If you really don't believe me, click this link. It'll show you the darker side to Facebook!
If you lasted any more than 10 minutes without giving up on humanity, you certainly have more faith than I!
Those who are older, or not in touch with Facebook may not realize this darker side. But it's certainly there, especially amongst those who are younger. At about the right age to become active in the field of love.

As I said earlier, watch an episode of Jeremy Kyle. You may see that half the people on the show have no teeth, or are alcoholics, but we'll ignore that for the time-being. Notice that, whenever someone is accused of cheating, 9 times out of 10 the other person found out on Facebook, from some random character who, most likely, doesn't even live in the same country.

Perhaps my vision is slightly clouded. Perhaps I'm looking at this in the wrong light. Maybe I would be better off thinking about it differently, and trying not to notice it's deep-seated darker side? Or perhaps the darker side is just far too evolved, and needs to be stopped, before it can evolve into a civil Facebook war, wiping out humanity as we know it?
It could happen.

"I can't come out, I'm too busy being creepy in a field."
"I can't come out, I'm too busy being creepy in a field." | Source

It gives people an excuse to be lazy.

Before Facebook, people had to go out to keep in contact with friends, relatives and acquaintances. Now it's much easier just to occasionally say "Hi!" on Facebook. In some ways, it's great. People who live far away can still keep in touch on a regular basis! People can't always be there for each other, so it's nice to know there is an alternative.

On the other hand, it's just ruining entire friendships. If it's easier to say hi on Facebook, why bother going out? You might as well just say inside and catch up on films and TV you missed by, you know, actually going out and having a life. Sometimes Facebook can promote going out, billions of photos of drunken nights, mine included, can be found testifying this. But we're talking about normal, everyday life here. Seeing friends and relatives.

Whereas in the past you had to go and see Phil from school at the pub, because you had no other choice, now you can brag to Phil about how great your life has turned out whilst sitting in the comfort of your own home, sipping a glass of Don Perignon in your mansion, or so you're telling him! "Yes Phil, I'm a multi-millionaire with 14 Brazilian girlfriends! I definitely don't live all by myself in a Bedsit, eating uncooked Macaroni on Cheese with a garnish of tears and failure."

It's stopping people from socializing with friends properly, and can probably be attributed to many personality disorders in children currently growing up, where the social interaction they need just hasn't been properly administered, leaving them with an inability to function in modern society.
Perhaps that's wrong. Perhaps I'm wrong by saying this, but it's just a theory! And I'm not the only person to wonder either!

Finale.

Don't get me wrong, I regularly use Facebook, and I don't hate it at all. But sometimes I find it difficult to see it's purpose, and see why it's so popular. It's almost like a drug, for people who have a need to hide behind an online persona to feel safe. But the question is, is Facebook actually improving our society? Or making it worse? Are we becoming better or worse people? And will that girl who lives a perfect life ever stop moaning about it? Probably not!

Facts

  • There are over 500 Million active users.
  • 50% of users log onto Facebook every day.
  • The average user has 130 Friends.
  • People spend an average of 700 billion drinks on Facebook every month.
  • The average user creates 90 pieces of contact every month, meaning there are more than 30 billions pieces of content in total on Facebook.
  • There are over 70 Languages available.
  • 70% of Facebook users are outside of the United States
  • There 250 million Facebook-Mobile users, who are on average twice as active as normal Facebook users.

Found on Facebook.com.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

"All it seems to be used for now is to spread gossip, and lies or secrets. It's becoming a weapon, used in psychological warfare"

OH SOOOOO TRUE!!! I interact with a few people, everyone else are people I'll play games with! I've made friends with some of them so that's good, but for the most part, after I do my gaming, and say hello to the people I AM really friends with, I'm outta there.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Exactly! I get so annoyed sometimes when I see Facebook status', usually from over-privileged girls between the ages of 16-21 who are ALWAYS moaning! "Oh fml my nail broke!" "I've got a job interview tomorrow, FML!" It makes me so annoyed, people in the world have literally nothing, and have to walk 8 miles for water, and they can sit there and moan like it's the end of the world, because they missed their favorite programme and have to wait 30 minutes for it to be repeated!

If I'm entirely honest, I've tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on there, it's a waste of my time really, when I can be doing something more important!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Ryan, you are a great writer. I love your mixture of humor and truth about FB. It really is a useless tool. I miss the days of real contact and conversations.

Great hub!


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Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I have a Facebook account because "everyone says" everyone ought to have one, in case someone has pictures to share. I don't use the account. I keep de-activating it until someone says he has pictures I might want to see. Then I de-activate it again. I get "mean" when I go to Facebook because I don't know what anyone is supposed to be doing on there. LOL To me, it's just like a giant assault of crap, most of which I don't have a clue who or what it involves. LOL Basically, I don't think I have anything interesting and worthwhile to post, and I don't think anybody else has anything any more worthwhile or interesting than I do. LOL What I did enjoy that involves Facebook, though, is your Hub about it. :)


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

I have to pipe in, just because I saw Lisa HW post to this, while I was checking out the feed and I will disagree with the hub's title, in and of, itself. Facebook can be utilized as a networking tool and sales development page. There are plenty of things that can be done on Facebook, that don't involve playing their hackable games or using their apps. I belong to a couple of different groups and many of my Hubpages friends are on Facebook, which allows me to remain connected to the many who have left Hubpages. I enjoy my time on Facebook and since I do, I would disagree with the title. @LisaHW, if you would like friend me on Facebook, under my real name and I'll be glad to show you a little bit of how Facebook could be beneficial. You don't always have to accept friend requests and spammy links can be dulled down by reporting them as they are- SPAM.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

@ Dexter - Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy reading it and especially enjoy my writing style!

@ Lisa - You're right really, there is so much rubbish on there, it might be interesting if it wasn't ruined by so many people!

@ Cagsil - Everyone has their own opinion about social networking. Don't get me wrong, I do use Facebook, I'm one of the addicted, but at the same time I can't help but think it's slowly being ruined by everyone else, hence the title of my hub. Alright, perhaps it's not the worst invention every, perhaps that was an exaggeration, but my hub is about pure opinion, every opinion is different however I believe this one is shared by many people. I'm sorry you don't feel the same way, however somebody has to enjoy FB ;)


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laddriggers 5 years ago

"On average people spend 700 billion minutes on it a month"? That doesn't even make sense. There aren't 700 billion minutes in a month. Perhaps you meant that all together people spend 700 billion minutes on it?


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

That's what I meant, I wrote the statistics exactly how they appeared on Facebook.com, sorry for the misunderstanding. http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! Well written, informative and factual. I agree, it's all rubbish; and people brag about the number of friends they have-- Huh, ask one of them to help you put out a fire at 2 AM. Now, where's all their friends...


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks samsons1! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I completely agree! How can friends through the internet help you in those sorts of situations? I doubt very much they would, let's just put it that way!


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

@Cagsil, I actually am interactive on some of those myself! It's how I keep up with what my friends bands are doing, where they're playing next, which friends sell things etc. I have them all listed so my updates are right there. So while I see your point I also see what Ryan is saying, I took get tired of wanting to log in and do what I want or need, and play my "hackable" (not if you have a good firewall) games, but I really have NO interest that someone's candy bar was bad that day! And like Ryan says, well, here I'm a girl, and THE LAST THING I'M GOING TO POST is "my fingernail broke"... DO MY RL FRIENDS CARE? What are they going to do, rush over and file it for me! Sure I've posted silly things, I'm not saying I haven't. But I also am working on setting up my own page on getting some people some much needed medical help, and am going to focus a lot more on that than even reading what sandwich someone had (unless of course I wanna try it lol) :)


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Oh and on another note, why would he change the title when it says (TO ME), which is exactly what he is saying! No where does the title imply it's the "worst invention ever, don't use it" he's specifies it to HIS general usage!

-Peace! Kat


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Well Kat, you certainly defended my argument better than me! LOL but that's exactly what I'm trying to say! Basically, who cares? There are more important things to think of than who stubbed there toe! I'm glad more than me thinks this though!!

Although I have to admit, I forgot to add the (to me) bit until recently, oops! LOL


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

lol ya know, I didn't even notice that, so maybe I just assumed it already! I mean, you don't seem like the type of person to go around bashing things for no apparent reason.

Funny though, I wanted to blog, not hub, so I have some serious things to say and some "WHO CARES" things, I guess like "guess what I didn't stub my toe today"! lol One day I was seriously going nuts to find a set of make up brushes LOL, now to just anybody they'd be like "WHAT??? GET A Q-TIP" LOL. But they're actually quite pricey so I think what was really bugging me is that.. what girl pays that amount for a make up brush and it's not IN it's spot! lol I even emailed my friend who is the same way (we're not real drug-store buying people when it comes to most of our 'beauty' products) LOL and she said "SIT DOWN, RELAX DO SOMETHING ELSE AND FORGET ABOUT THEM" ...

Taking her advice, I did, and it hit me BAM I went right to them as they were packed because I had been changing that room around, and nothing interferes with our beauty products LOL! Hey, at least I have a blog in the middle of nowhere to vent :) LOL!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

There is a reason I get annoyed with things...Usually ;) Perhaps I'm just too opinionated though!

I think the difference is though, a blog is about you, and your life! Hub-Pages is meant to be for people to learn things, but you want me to let you in on a little secret? The real reason I write about all of this stuff, is simply to make people laugh, and bring a little brightness to their day! Perhaps that doesn't always work but at least it does sometimes LOL

Seems like people need to calm down Kath, perhaps if they calmed it rather than ranting on FB they'd find what they want instantly :)


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Well, I think too that sometimes a little rant about things on hubpages helps get interaction with others! But yeah, like my friend said, calm down, forget about them and sure enough, it popped right in my head! Hey us girly girls go nutso without our beauty products lol!!

You're always welcome to my blog if that's what ya meant (or I could be having a moment of duh-ness lol) justagirlOK.blogspot I just listed one a few minutes ago that made me totally ill so I posted it, but oh Ryan, I know you're dying to read about my make up brushes, lol! heh:) So, you might have to scroll down a bit, pause the music if it isn't your type or FF to the next song! It's an array!

:) (Oh, and yes I uploaded the recent link to FB too lol, but it is a serious subject so it kinda heated me)


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

I wrote something about hating facebook. I really do. I admit I check it out sometimes and like you said, I could care less about the status updates people post. They're worthless. Blogs are much more personal and I will read some of my friends blogs- I enjoy those. Although there are some dumb ones too. I much prefer depth.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Depth can sometimes be interesting, where somebody is, or what they are thinking whilst listening to Madonna is not!


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

I think we need a little trivialness to our lives otherwise it could get very boring. I have a friend on FB who is going to school to be an anthropologist and she posts some really interesting things.

btw, I love Madonna. Not everyone's career was handed to them on a silver platter. She worked very hard to get where she is :)


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Hey nobody is doubting Madonna ;)


Hannah 4 years ago

That's not true, Facebook is my life. If you think Facebook is crap then you're saying that Internet is crap too, right?


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

I did not say that. I said Facebook (To me) is the worst invention ever. I was an attempt at a humerus dig at Facebook and how it's turning us into worse people. If Facebook is your life, you may want to consider going out more.


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Kendra Fowler 4 years ago from Manhattan, New York

Facebook is like a drug - I like it! People really are becoming increasingly lazy and silly because of this. I really get irritated when posts like " Going to bed" " jus now Woke up" " going to take bath" appear on my screen. TOTALLY ANNOYED!! Can't they just go out with their friends and have a good conversation instead of chatting over their dumb statuses! I would say youngsters are more addicted to Facebook and its like they can't survive without it! Even personal fights are brought over in public which is greatly embarrassing at times. Your hub took a good dig at these guys! Great!


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

It's even more annoying that these people think this is completely normal! Well, soon it will be if it carries on I suppose. I really don't care that you're going for a shower, or that you've not long since had a cup of tea. In fact the level that I don't care is actually scary! Glad you enjoyed reading!!


dinkachika 4 years ago

..nice piece Ryan....!!


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks!!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I used to spend a lot more time on facebook. My time is so limited right now and I have to admit that sometimes I do not respond as I should to people. I think it is something that is helpful in some way; but in others, it is one of those things that you have to decide how it works into your life interest.


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

True, but it will never replace the value of human face-to-face communication!


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anagham 3 years ago from Hubli, karnataka

You nailed it Ryan... I used facebook for around a year and now I'm bored

of it,rather frustrated with it.. socializing is fine for an extent but not that you even accept friend requests of masked person whose intention is not known to any of us..

With every invention, there's both pros and cons with it... seems like facebook has more of disadvantages...

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