21 Reasons to Love and Hate Facebook

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I love Facebook, but only on days ending in the letter y. On the other days, I hate it. While there is no doubt that Facebook does an amazing job of keeping us connected to our loved-ones, it also does a great job of wasting our otherwise productive time. For years now, creator Mark Zuckerberg has been sneaking doses of Facebook into the world's internet diet, and now we're all addicted. So what is there to love about Facebook? What is there to hate? I believe there are 21 different reasons for both.

Reasons to Love Facebook

It's funny: I have some strange friends. These strange friends often find strange things on the internet, then post them on Facebook. It is usually a comment, video or news article. Now, thanks to my friends on Facebook who share stuff that makes them laugh, I get a good laugh too.

It keeps us connected: Facebook has allowed for us to stay in touch with one another on a larger and more convenient scale than ever before. Orphans have sought out their biological parents, highschool flames have reunited, one-night stands from that bachelor party in Las Vegas have come back with a baby in their arms. But best of all, you can easily stay in touch with good friends from your past.

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Mark Zuckerberg feels both "trapped and liberated" by Facebook

Party invitations: For the college student, this is truly one of Facebook's most lovable features. With Facebook, it is incredibly simple to host a party and/or be invited to one. In less than one minute, you can invite 800+ friends to a party. It also allows you to give additional information like the address, date, time, what to bring, who is attending and the dress code.

Chat: I remember how easy AOL Instant Messenger made it for me to ask girls out in the 5th grade. A lot has changed since my youth and I now use Facebook chat to ask girls out. It's a simple, quick, and convenient way to talk with friends who happen to be online while you are.

Getting creepy: I am joking, but not really. Let me explain: Facebook is great for "scoping the scene." There is no such thing as a blind date anymore if you can see photos and learn his/her interests, work history, DOB, and even favorite books beforehand. It is also a good way to remember a friends birthday or stalk your exes without breaking and entering.

Photographs: This my number one reason why I love Facebook. Many Facebook users upload photos like it's their job. Whether of a recent backpacking trip around Europe or a best friends wedding, give it one week and you will have photos of it. Just tell your friends to 'tag' you and photos from a range of quality, perspectives and angles will start to pour in. It is the simplest way to receive and post photos online.

Business: As the biggest social networking site in the world, there is no surprise why Facebook is good for business. In order to succeed in today's business economy, social networking is essential. If you own a small business, or are trying to promote a new product, Facebook is a great way to get the word out, develop a following, keep your customers connected, and better your business.

Nostalgia: Facebook is an online library of your photographs and friends. Reliving old memories or contacting old friends can bring back some warm fuzzy feelings.

Strange status updates: I would much rather hear a strange status update like, "farted in my car on the way to work and almost lost my breakfast" than a sad or mundane update about what you ate for breakfast.

Humurous list of 25 reasons to hate Facebook

Reasons to Hate Facebook

Emotional status updates: If you update your status, I would prefer it to be either insightful, funny, useful, or as I previously mentioned, straight up strange. If you are fishing for compliments with updates like "feel fat, going to the gym" or seeking help with "life sucks right now," then please go somewhere else. You are fat and life doesn't suck.

It's addictive: Nicotine, alcohol, heroin, Facebook...same thing. If you feel like Facebook has you trapped under a frozen lake, without a hole for air, you might be addicted. In a generation marked by shorter attention spans, Mark Zuckerberg has provided a quick form of entertainment where you and your friends are the subject matter. Now, with features like Facebook mobile, you can get your fix anytime, anywhere.

It gives a false sense of community: "The lack of social contact, the lack of sense of community, may be the most pressing social problem of the new millennium" says Robin Dunbar, professor of psychology from the University of Liverpool states. And it's true, the world would be a better place with a strong global sense of community. While this was one of Mr. Zuckerberg's initial intentions with Facebook, it has backfired. Yes Facebook does help to create bonds between people worldwide, but it is still a much weaker, superficial bond than good-ol face-to-face communication.

Mom and dad are on Facebook: As a young adult, the last thing you want Mom and Dad to know is everything you're up to, complete with photographs to look at and comments to read. In the beginning years, Facebook was strictly for college students. Today, grandma can sign up and check out what kind of shenanigans her 16 year old granddaughter is up to. Uh oh grandma.

Compare and contrast: It's a horrible, but undeniable trait among the modern human. We constantly judge, compare and analyze ourselves and one another. Facebook provides a platform for you to do that. The fight in order to 'keep up' with the Jones' can be detrimental to your mental health, and Facebook can easily facilitate the desire to do so. My only advice is to be yourself and do your own thing. 100%

Waste of time: "Holy crap, I just spent an hour on Facebook." I don't know how, but Mark Zuckerberg has discovered a time warp. Facebook has the ability to suck hours out of our potentially productive day, without our realizing it. I believe our time indoors and online should be limited, and our time outside and free from our devices, increased.

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The Facebook over-user: You know who you are: crowding up the mini-feed with comments, stupid cat videos, hourly status updates on what you're feeling and otherwise mindless jabber. Have some respect. Don't do that.

Friend suggestions: This is a fairly recent and quite pesky feature. Facebook will allow you to send or receive messages offering friend suggestions. Facebook also provides a tool that creates a list of people it thinks you should be friends with. Who are you, computer, to tell me who to be friends with? That is annoying, and what's more annoying is that there isn't a physical, tangible being that I can blame and/or tell to piss off.

Loss of privacy: I know, it's my fault. Anything you post on the internet, including on Facebook, can potentially be accessed by anyone in the world. That is weird to me. Additionally, people you have not seen in years can know a lot about you: the last vacation you went on, who your friends are, how many tattoos you have, your relationship status, work experience, education history and more. Do our life experiences and achievements become invalid unless the entire internet world knows about them? Is this real life? Where am I? Are you my dad? Uhhhh...

Groups, causes and fan pages: Outside the world of Facebook, these have no relevance. None. If you join a cause on Facebook, it means you are doing nothing more than sitting in your armchair and saying you care with a 'click'. You will never cure cancer or save the seals from your laptop. Furthermore, joining the group "If 1,000,000 people join this group, I will name my first born son Frankenstein" is funny, I agree. But unless I personally get to hang out with Frankenstein, coach his T-ball team, and go for pizza afterwards, then I don't care. Name the poor boy Timmy so he doesn't grow up blaming his failures on the fact that his dead-head parents named him Frankenstein.

Unknown friend requests: I don't understand this. No random person on the street has ever approached me and asked me to be their friend. Why then, does this happen all the time on Facebook? If I'm not friends with you in real life, I'm not going to be friends with you on the internet.

Relationship status updates: It is a big step in the modern relationship. But today, the time to DTR (define the relationship) may come via a Facebook message. Be careful how you respond. "Susan changed her relationship status to: in a relationship with Jason." Meanwhile, Jason is unaware of this. He's on spring break 2008, downing blue jello shots and making out with drunk girls on the dance floor of Senor Frogs in Cabo San Lucas. It's a beautiful thing... a relationship, but choosing to update it on Facebook first could be a mistake if done without proper consent. "Susan changed her relationship status to: it's complicated with Jason."

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Brainoff 6 years ago

I noticed even the advantages of facebook turned to disadvantages ,they must call it fakebook , because most of people are fake and pretending to be your friends but in fact none of them, and according to me i prefer to get a real social life not living in illusion in front of my screen watching(spying) on each other, i find no sane reasons convince me to join fakebook, but maybe i will use it for my future business. good hub cheers


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

brianoff - like i said, there are many reasons to hate facebook. obviously, human contact is preferred, but for those friends over seas or too busy elsewhere, it's a useful platform for staying connected. so you're not a facebook user now? well, based on statistics, i'm going to bet that you will be one...soon enough.


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Brainoff 6 years ago

Actually yes am not on facebook, but maybe i will use it soon for my Business its useful tool to promote your products, you should take a look on my hub to see my reasons why am not on fakebook, and dude i know facebook since 4 years till now am not part of it or do you think that i should use it just to feel that am exist in this world.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

brianoff - i did check out your hub, interesting take. and by the way, i'm not sure if that was a question, but no, i don't feel like you need face book to exist in this world. you are existing just fine without eh.


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Scott Mandrake 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

:) I like your insight, even if it is deplorably similar to the thousands of other facebook addicts.

reminds me of a southpark episode "you have zero friends"

Keep writing.

Scott


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

scott - sad truth. thanks. i will keep writing. insanely great episode as well.


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vaguesan 6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

I miss the days when facebook was just for college students and all it had was pictures and wall posts. Sadly those days are gone.

My friends can be so obnoxious on it. I hate the people who recently have kids and everything on facebook starts to revolve around their children. Suddenly all their pictures are of their kid. I guess facebook just mirrors the real world, but still... I don't need to know about every time your kid makes a "poopy."


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Stuart M Condé 6 years ago from Telford

Good form.

Facebook sometimes feels like you are reading other people diaries. It freaks me out.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

vaguesan - very true. it took me a few years after facebook first came to be to join, but i do miss those days. i made a mental note to not post anything about when my kid takes a poopy. thanks for the comment.


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fdoleac 6 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

I became a fan of the Facebook page (used for business)but until then, the personal side didn't work for me.


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

I often feel overwhelmed by the personal aspect of Facebook. It's been great to see people on there whom I haven't seen in many years. However, there's so much activity that I really use it to promote my writing. I prefer Twitter.


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Jarrod1240 6 years ago

My relationship with Facebook is a love/hate relationship. i use it sparingly, but it allows me to connect with people effectively. It was interesting to see another person's perspective on this website.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

bigbellyfat - im pretty sure they are all spammers, and i'm surprised myself that facebook hasn't found a way to alleviate them.

don - it does seem like facebook and also twitter are extremely valuable when building and promoting a business. for me, i think twitter is just another can of worms i dont want to open

jarrod1240 - thanks for the comment. im glad you enjoyed what i was offering, my own perspective...


xyz3333 6 years ago

i totally agree wid the rzns for y i hate fb!


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Midtown Girl 6 years ago from Right where I want to be!

I join you on this love/hate journey!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

xyz3333 - rlly? omg i knew some1 would agree w me!

midtown girl - thanks for reading...and the comment


Gaurav 6 years ago

nice post ... good job .


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maruthirp 6 years ago from Hyderabad

Finally You love it or you hate it?


Ritoban 6 years ago

I Love facebook but really its addictive to me.

very ineresting post!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Most people definelty have a love-hate relationship with facebook. You described why very well.


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ultimatepotential 6 years ago from India

I so agree with you on the points you stated here! I really loved this post, Thanks!


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Facebook is great for getting a quick glance at what people are up to. You can always disconnect when you get tired of it. Just like anything else, it has good points and some drawbacks.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

marithirp - you may have missed the point of the entire article. it's both. thanks for the comment...i think.

ritoban - you are not the only one, don't succumb to the addiction! thanks for the comment

koffeeklatch gals - you are too kind. glad you enjoyed

ultimatepotential - i was assuming many people would relate to this article, it looks like you are one of them. thanks for the positive comment

lender3212000 - what you say is very true, but for many, it becomes difficult to simply give it a 'quick glance' and then disconnect. It's like anything else. MODERATION is key. thanks for the comment!


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jaredbaker459 6 years ago from Florida

I've benefited so much from facebook, learned of so many parties, concerts, and different events. I'm now friends (in real life) with people from my school that I had no idea existed, until I saw them on facebook. It's great.


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danatheteacher 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Facebook is nice to use for extended family. There is always a sense of closeness.


Boris 6 years ago

i totally agree wid the rzns for y i hate fb!


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Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

agree.. there 2 side of fb.


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nikitha p 6 years ago from India

nice work, thanks


Firoz Achhava 6 years ago

i love facebook, bcoz it provide me wide place for making friends worldwide, i know multimind people by their posts and intelijent thoughts. We share our quote, sweet memory and photos to millions people by posts.. And after all the true answer of question "love or hate.?" is - without LOVE we cant HATE.


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playstationmove 6 years ago

Totally agree on this one,

been spending countless hours on fb just watching, reading. Well entertainment eats productive time after all


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miss_jkim 6 years ago

Facebook. . . I do see many of your points.

I have found fb to be a great place to re-connect, as you said, with family & friends who I had lost contact with from all around the world.

And when your children, and yes, grandchildren live a good distance from you it's a great way to stay in touch, share pictures & interesting occurances without running up your phone bills.

It helps to make the distance seem not quite as far.


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thecelt 6 years ago

A great review of Facebook. It is always changing.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

jaredbaker459 - thanks for the comment. it is definetely benificial while in college, and not just for parties. people send invites for lectures, art shows, documentary showings, performances etc. it can be the perfect mailing list.

danatheteacher - i agree with you. especially when away from home. it's easy to connect to everyone all in one place. thanks for the input.

firoz achhava - such a profound comment, thanks...

playstationmove - it can obviously be just another thing to eat away your productivity time, but used wisely and in moderation, i think it's a good thing. thanks for the comment.

miss _jkim - thanks for the intelligent comment. the sharing pictures (as long as they're appropriate) with children and grandchildren is a great way to share and stay in touch.

thecelt - thanks for reading...and enjoying


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benderr12 6 years ago

Haha that was hilarious! Mostly because it is all true. Quite sad how facebook has seemed to take over the whole world though; I have gotten requests from 3rd graders.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

thanks benderr12 - I was a teacher at one point. I had to draw the line once my students started to befriend me...I waited until they weren't my students anymore to reply. Although it hasn't taken over the world yet, it very well could soon enough.


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mosaicman 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

You hit the nail on its head. I thought I liked Myspace, but when I became introduced to facebook, I became hooked. I've found many friends from High and Middle School. The up to date pics are great. People have even snuck photos of us from 13- 18 years ago. It is great.


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content 6 years ago

Facebook is interesting. It has gotten many people in trouble as well. Be careful what you put on there as potential employers are looking at Facebook accounts to see if they want to hire potential candidates. Some have been denied employment because of what was in their facebook page.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

mosaicman - old photos from childhood that friends may have dug up are a great surprise. i have had a few friends share those with me myself....thanks for reading


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

content - I have heard far too many stories where this has been the case for some people. I like to keep my page clean as best as I can. Obviously, there are privacy settings as well that block any user from seeing particular things ie. photos/videos. Something to keep in mind if you are worried about what a potential employer might see. Thanks for reading


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

Hey! You have a lot of comments! No, I meant to say you have a lot of valid commments on here in your article. One thing about facebook, is it's good for agoraphobics!! People who are afraid to leave the house! Well....it's a great place to advertise your hubpages too. It's endless I guess. But I do like it.


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dl53acy 6 years ago from East Texas

I like this! Great Info! Thanks


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widiya77 6 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

Good point. I've also wanted to quit from Facebook. Getting tired of many things there.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

schoolgirlforreal - thanks for adding to the lot of comments. That seems a bit ironic maybe? a "good place for agoraphobics"... The same way a bar is a good place for alcoholics eh? It is a great place to advertise your hubpages, and any business you may have. Take care...


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

widiya77 - I get tired of them as well, but I haven't quit. I know I will regret it. I simply adjust my privacy settings and don't go on facebook that often...problem solved, for now.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

dl53acy - thanks for the positive words and for becoming a follower! I must check out your hubs...right...now...


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brakel2 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am mad at facebookl as they put a friend on without his knowledge. So i understand love and hate for facebook. Great hub and glad you wrote it.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

brakel2 - aw don't be mad, i'm sure tom isn't out to get you. thanks for reading though i'm glad you enjoyed it.


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stephanie o 6 years ago from Pacifica, CA

this hub really points out the benefits and cons of my addiction, facebook. i find myself on it every day but I don't do the quizzes anymore since I found out they use your information for nefarious purposes. I love chatting with people!!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

stephanie o - what kind of quizzes are you talking about? i try not to do more than message/comment on facebook myself. glad you could agree with me and that you enjoyed the hub.


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Alisha2010 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

I think it would be interesting to study the first generation of Facebook users and how they have adapted to the workplace. Personally, going from using Facebook in college to asking my boss face-to-face for vacation time was intimidating, even though he is a great guy. If I could have, I would have loved to just write a wall post, and avoided it all together. It would be interesting to see if the younger generation has a harder time dealing with face-to-face interaction and conflict. Aren't boyfriend and girlfriends breaking up by texts and facebook messages now? Harsh. It might be the UC in me, but Communications study? Just throwing it out there.


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lcoffie 6 years ago from New Orleans

I like facebook great social networking, but u can get caught up in alot of bad situations.. sometimes typing a message may come across as being misunderstood...


s4ndm4n 6 years ago from North Carolina

Great list of reasons on both sides. I don't think I found a single one I disagreed with, although some I just agreed with more than others.


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DaMan92 6 years ago

this is an awesome hub. keep up the great work


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

Alisha2010 - it is the UC in you that makes you think that way...which is great. There are lots of studies that show how things like facebook and texting are deteriorating our younger generations communication skills. I just read an article about how technology in affects the brain and our attention spans... I mean, how many kids do you know can sit for 2 hours and do homework without checking their phones or facebook, let alone sitting for 2 hours to read a book! Interesting stuff and i'm glad you commented on the connection.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

lcoffie - I agree with you. It's hard for anyone to pick up on things like sarcasm through the computer. Things like body language, tone of voice and facial expressions are absent from online communication...these are important things in face-to-face communication


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

s4ndm4n - I'm glad you could agree with me on my reasons...I knew I wasn't alone.

daman92 - thanks for the comment. I will do my best.


Bloget 6 years ago

Good Article! Thank you for comparing both sides of the love/hate relationship with Facebook! I think they both have their ups and downs.. ;-)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

Bloget - thanks for being here and thanks for becoming a follower. I'm heading to check out some of your hubs now.


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twotoofs 6 years ago

I totally agree with the social contact part. It's a connection but it's so weak that it doesn't matter how many people you talk to on Facebook on a daily basis, you still need actual human contact.


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rescueachild 6 years ago from San Jose, Ca

I love facebook because I am a child sex trafficking abolitionist and an author. It is a great way to let people know about what is truly going on politically and socially in the fight against human trafficking and the sale of children in the USA. Considering the USA is the #1 place to buy a child for sex, I intend to let anyone in my circle know if they are doing this, that it is unacceptable, and we are gunning for them.

Plus, education and true pro~active awareness is the key and facebook is the perfect medium for me. :) www.dawneworswick.com


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trafford 6 years ago from San Diego

This is seriously an awesome hub, Its all says what a mind is feeling about Facebook, what we have think and what we love and what we hate....all points are just same as the Hubber describe, Great attempt.


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parentingteens 6 years ago from United States

very substantial.... nice!


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mustmanoj 6 years ago from Ahmedabad

well picked up +tives and -tives, pretty nice


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

twotoofs - I agree. I don't think people realize that either so good for you. Thanks for being here.

rescueachild - Normally I wouldn't approve any comments that promote their website, but you have a good reason. The internet can be a dangerous place for creeps like that. Best of luck and keep doing what you're doing.

trafford - Thanks for reading


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Gift Experts 6 years ago

FB isn't too bad - yet. Just have to watch who starts adding junk, spamming you to death, then delete their connection.


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Gift Experts 6 years ago

I attended a local biz meeting where they said to focus on quality, not quantity, FB fans. I.E. strive for contacts you can connect with, build and grow with.


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Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

Very interesting... funny .... and a bit "quirky." Not sure what that means but my friend uses it all the time so it must be a word! (LOL)


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Cy V 6 years ago

Good information. Zuckerberg gets on my nerves.


Jason Matthews 6 years ago

Great Hub! Very interesting insights!


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thedragon319 6 years ago from TX

If you set your settings to private no one can see your info...so i like it!


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UltraGrowth.tv 6 years ago

I'm really starting to hate facebook, but there's no way I'm deleting my profile just yet!


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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

Facebook is a crazy addiction that we love to hate. Francine Smith led me here after commenting on one of my hubs about spammers on Facebook. Great article!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

sunflowerbucky - glad to see you hear you were led here and enjoyed. thanks for the comment

thedragon319 - i am aware of the privacy settings...but if all your information is locked up private, what's the point of having a facebook at all?

ultragrowth.t.v. - i am in the same boat. thanks for reading.


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California

Thanks for the heads up on Facebook. I'm just starting out with it; nevertheless, much of what you write seems true. Thanks. Later!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

hey kosmo - no problem. i'm glad you could get some use out of the writing...


kims3003 6 years ago

Great write! Excellent information that has been well researched, put together and very well written. A++!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

thanks kims3003 - it's mostly just an opinion type article...but i guess i always end up doing a bit of research; it's inevitable. glad you picked up on it and that you enjoyed. come back soon...


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TruthAwake 6 years ago from The Dirty South

Great hub. Facebook sure is a love/hate addiction- effective marketing tool and privacy invasion factor all rolled into one. Yikes.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

Learnt a lot about Facebook just from reading this. Thanks :)


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passthejelly 6 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

I totally agree with you. Sometimes I just spend hours doing nothing on Facebook.


map65 6 years ago

great post!


ankigarg87 6 years ago

this is an excellent hub page


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bmtphoenix 6 years ago from Austin, TX

Facebook is just like a lot of things in life...great in moderation. Use it for what you want to use it for, and nothing else. I keep track of friends and make smartass comments on their status updates. Those with constant emo status updates get hidden or unfriended. Simple.


kumonah 6 years ago

i love facebook


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SquidBuilders 6 years ago

Great page! Facebook can be a love/hate experience!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

truthawake - sounds like you and i, along with the majority who voted in the poll agree it's a love hate for the same reasons. thanks for coming by...

izzym - glad to see you popping up in my hubs comments. i appreciate what you have to say so thanks...

bmtphoenix - like they say, 'whatever you do, do it in moderation.' i agree. no time to be wastin time on slowpokes right...emo status updates out the door. keep that up. thanks for commenting.

kumonah - tell us about it...

squid builders - thanks. like the title of the article says it can...but why?

passthejelly - noooo zuckerbergs got you already....


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

I believe our time indoors and online should be limited, and our time outside and free from our devices, increased.

and loss of privacy

ARE VERY GOOD POINTS!!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

schoolgirlforreal - *see above comment...moderation...eh? thanks for your comment...i'm glad you can agree with things i say.


crissykane 6 years ago

i signed up for facebook only because i want to get connected with my family and friends, and get updated with recent events like birthdays, new pics, weekend getaways, reunions, but i am now hating it because i got to read people's status about hatred, about anything that i really dont care about, there is this instance that they are exchanging awful words with each other, i so hate it.


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ldparker10 6 years ago

im personally not a huge fan of facebook. i feel people overuse it, and waste a lot of time on there. but it is very useful for organising things.


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Maryanne Maguire 6 years ago from Santa Monica, CA

Yep, double edged sword, like a lot of web stuff is today. It's neat, but your lack of privacy can result in horrendous issues to deal with for a long time.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

crissy - you so hate it? i so agree with you. thanks for being here...

idparker10 - thanks for the comment. i agree with you there. but organizing things? what kind of things are you talking about?

maryanne maguire - very true about the double edged sword. the lack of privacy thing can really screw you up too when it comes to employment. who wants to hire a middle school teacher who's most recent tagged photos are of herself passed out drunk in a las vegas bathroom? for example.


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belliott 6 years ago

Take it for what it is. Are the people that want to be your friends really your friends? No, not really. Not unless you know them in real life. It is what it is. I like it but I don't spend a lot of time on it.


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PZigney 6 years ago

Eh I am rather tired of Facebook with all the games. If I had the time, perhaps but otherwise keeping up with the posts and such is not for me. However, I am still using it.


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bill yon 6 years ago from sourcewall

Myspace and facebook was two very good ideas that paid off bigtime for the creators, I wish I would have thought of that.As far as being a member of either one I must say to be honest I have never even logged on to either one of them.I do have plans in the future to use both of them to support my online endeavors, but aside from trying to make a little money off of them I really cannot see myself having a personal profile off of anyone of them where I share parts of my life up under my real name,that will never happen.People really need to be careful what they share online,there have been instances where people have faced criminal charges from things that they post online,there have been instances where people have lost their jobs online.So being connected worldwide is cool but I can not see myself joining any social networking site with my luck one of my friends might be a terrorist or something like that and somehow some way his link with me might pull me into a bunch of bullcrap,or the hot new online chick that I'm chatting with might turn out to be a fourteen year girl but her online profile might say she is a twenty five year old college student and there you go caught up in a bunch of bullcrap....I know this sounds extreme but with all the crazy stuff that goes on the internet today anything is possible...that's just the way I see it.So if its not business than its not going to happen.


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nikmaya62 6 years ago

You say facebook make you love and hate it, but if I ask you which is the most dominant between good and bad about facebook what is your answer? Every person has a different sense in using facebook, it depends on the needed of them.


nbbatt.com 6 years ago from bear, de, 19701

I give vote BOTH. considering that Facebook friends sometimes disturb my activities, and another time it gives good support to know anyone and friend's news.


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idreesfarooq 6 years ago from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq

I love Facebook in a sense that it generate a lot of traffic for my content. Also keeping friends in contact is very easy with Facebook even more than a mobile. However I am not addicted to Facebook, rather i use it professionally that's why I can say using Facebook with keeping things in mind you want to do, it is a great platform to grow your network! Thanks for sharing wonderful hub


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burning bush 6 years ago

Great hub. Very funny yet insightful. I think I will now pull the plug on my Facebook account.... its just getting too weird.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

belliott - I agree with you. As I said, if I don't know you in real life, why would I be your friend online? It's just weird. Less is more when it comes to Facebook. Thanks for commenting.

PZigney - Thanks for reading...There is definitely plenty of ways to waste time on Facebook between games, gifts, photos, status/places updates etc. I agree keeping up with comments is even a lot, but i'm still using it as well...

Bill Yon - Good points. I have heard of criminal cases where Facebook has literally solved it by crushing someones alibi from either pictures or comments. Same with job opportunities... I would suggest only contacting or talking to people on Facebook that you actually know, that would alleviate the problem of getting mixed up with a 14 yr old you think is really 25...just a suggestion. Thanks for the comment...I could almost add that all to the hub.

nikmaya62 - I would say it's more on the hate side. Not just for me, but for others mostly. Obviously you can limit your usage and what you care to share, which is what I do, and which is why I'm still a member. I do hate to see people get wrapped up in it and waste so much of their time. Thanks for commenting.

nbbatt - You are with the majority, and myself, on the BOTH vote. Thanks for sharing.

idreesfarooq - I have found it to drive some traffic as well, not the most important traffic, but nonetheless traffic. Easily keeping in contact with friends, especially those abroad, is one of the best things about Facebook...Thanks for the comment.

burning bush - I'm glad you enjoyed. Have you tried 'pulling the plug' yet? They make it pretty difficult to do. Harder than quitting smoking...


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

belliott - I agree with you. As I said, if I don't know you in real life, why would I be your friend online? It's just weird. Less is more when it comes to Facebook. Thanks for commenting.

PZigney - Thanks for reading...There is definitely plenty of ways to waste time on Facebook between games, gifts, photos, status/places updates etc. I agree keeping up with comments is even a lot, but i'm still using it as well...

Bill Yon - Good points. I have heard of criminal cases where Facebook has literally solved it by crushing someones alibi from either pictures or comments. Same with job opportunities... I would suggest only contacting or talking to people on Facebook that you actually know, that would alleviate the problem of getting mixed up with a 14 yr old you think is really 25...just a suggestion. Thanks for the comment...I could almost add that all to the hub.

nikmaya62 - I would say it's more on the hate side. Not just for me, but for others mostly. Obviously you can limit your usage and what you care to share, which is what I do, and which is why I'm still a member. I do hate to see people get wrapped up in it and waste so much of their time. Thanks for commenting.

nbbatt - You are with the majority, and myself, on the BOTH vote. Thanks for sharing.

idreesfarooq - I have found it to drive some traffic as well, not the most important traffic, but nonetheless traffic. Easily keeping in contact with friends, especially those abroad, is one of the best things about Facebook...Thanks for the comment.

burning bush - I'm glad you enjoyed. Have you tried 'pulling the plug' yet? They make it pretty difficult to do. Harder than quitting smoking...


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

I will not say I agree fully .. but no need to do so anyway ... I lean more towards the love end of the deal. I get a ton of possitive things from being a part of FB both for business and personal myself.

I especially like the Getting Creepy part smiles. so true.

Thanks for sharing your take on this .. have a terrific week!

~Expect Miracles


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub, after I found my friends hubber, now I am active again. Personally, I just positive thinking. Thank you very much. ~prasetio


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susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

Good Hub. I agree with a lot of what you say, but I am always on facebook too.


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SentMe 6 years ago from A galaxy far, far away...

Great Hub! Facebook is a great way for networking, however, it's just another escape from reality it seems.

You could post one abstract word such as: Kaleidoscope. You would get comments on it all day.

But, if you posted "Help, I'm upside down in my car which is in a ravine and this is my last message before I run out of air." Crickets....or, 100 Likes. lol


Misa-misa 6 years ago

I just deactivated my account, and feelin great so far. What I love about facebook is pictures.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

shane belceto -In all seriousness, I'm glad you don't agree with me. Always enjoy someone who can comment with something worthwhile to say instead of "great hub." Thanks for stopping by. Don't creep too much...

prasetio30 - Anytime right, that's why I am here. Thanks for the comment.

susannah42 - Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you can relate...

sentme - It is strange how the facebook world works. I try and stay off the book and in reality as often as possible.

Another sad fact is that, for some people, updating their facebook status would be their first thought as they sat upside down in their car, alive but bleeding from the head. I like. Thanks for the comment

Misa-misa - That's by far my favorite. If they were all sent straight to my email I would have deactivated my account already...maybe that's next for Mark? Who knows...but thanks for the comment.


arrowsparrow 6 years ago

Everything outlined in this hub perfectly describes most people's relationship with Facebook. From my experience, Facebook is far easier to enjoy when you limit the people on your friends list and ignore the games and things. Honestly, I still don't understand why Farmville is so exciting. :/


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italianizeyoursel 6 years ago

I find posts where people are complaining about how busy and difficult their lives are to be somewhat irritating. They have so much to do, but still manage to update Facebook every hour with how hard life is.


hubpageswriter 6 years ago

Good hub and great comparisons. One thing is for sure, Facebook sucks away the time.:)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

arrowsparrow - Perfectly? wow...Thanks. I've never understood farmville either. Glad we can agree on some things. Thanks for the comment.

italianizeyoursel - Really...let's take a step back and think about that for a minute...Thanks for the comment.

hubpageswriter - Otherwise known as a time warp. Thanks for reading...


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

My pleasure in stopping by it is nice to catch different points of view on good hugs ... will do my best on the don't creep too much part lol .. honestly though it is amazing what people do put as private and publick stuff but that is a HUB in itself huh.

One thing too I find with FB is the odd mix of things from business contacts, friends from life, new online friends, church people, PTA people, old high school and college contacts, etc. and how while being "creepy" smiles one can get to know all sorts of things from their contacts.

Like your comment about the sad fact about how about thinking of a status update while taking last breaths ... sheesh what has Facebook and Twitter doen to us does make one think more

~Expect Miracles


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EnergyImprovement 6 years ago from Texas

I LOVED the 'You are fat and life doesn't suck.' made my day!


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lex123 6 years ago

I don't feel comfortable in FB and I'm very selective in accepting friends invite there. I just have a glance of the wall postings and definitely don't spend more than 5 minutes a week there. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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golfslicerepair 6 years ago from Malmo, Sweden

I like that people aren't "collecting" friends in the same way any longer. I always just added people I actuallt know, not people I maybe met once on some guys party 2 years back that I will never even "talk" to on FB... It's good if you use it's abilities, bad if you just play Farmville and collect friends...well... that's my thought anyway :)


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rickydean2010 6 years ago

Facebook is good for keeping in touch with people that are far away and staying socially connected with your local friends. Overall it is good, but I am always careful about entering too much private info.


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kai777 6 years ago from Chicago

This is a great hub! I think you covered all the good and the bad while definitely making it humurous. I must admit it has it perks for me though...(finding long lost relatives, networking, staying in touch with friends); and YES the unknown friend requests can get annoying. My son (he is 16 and NO is NOT on my friend's list, LOL) told me people do it to seem popular. Well, I would rather have 200 friends and know all of them on some level rather than have 5000 friends and not even know a quarter of them. Loved the article ;)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

Shane belceto - thanks again..

energy improvement - In all honesty, that is my favorite part too. Makes my day that it made your day. haha, thanks for the comment...

lex123 - Less than 5min is good. Time is better spent here on hubpages, I think. Thanks for commenting.

golfslicerepair - I agree. Really, what is the point of collecting friends. I don't think anyone has 1000's of actual friends in real life...that is too much to handle. Thanks for commenting.

rickydean2010 - That's one of my main reasons for using FB as well. I have made some really good friends in my time, unfortunately, they are in all corners of the world. FB makes it easy to stay in contact with them on a daily basis if I want...even if it's from an internet cafe in Taiwan...Thanks for the comment

kai777 - Glad you appreciated it like I did. It really was just something in my head and in conversation, and I felt like putting it on paper (so to speak). Thanks for the comment.


TechTrendy 6 years ago

Me and my girlfriend are late bloomers to facebook but since we moved several states away from family we decided to give it a try and low and behold we had family members on there we didn't even know had a FB account. However that time warp hole does exist. I spend roughly 20 minutes if that on the site where as my better half can spend up to an hour if not more playing those silly games or reading other people's trivial mood posts. Your article covered some great key features as well as some not so great ones that want me to hang my head in shame like "joining a cause" because I've been guilty of it. =)


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Stoneage2010 6 years ago

I really hate friend suggestions too! :)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

techtrendy - Hey, don't hang your head...we are all guilty of some facebook follies. Besides, joining a cause isn't completely useless, as I mentioned, if nothing else it helps to spread awareness of the issue. Most will even let you donate money if you choose. By no means is that shameful. Watch out for the time warp. Thanks for the comment.

stoneage2010 - Agreed. Thanks for commenting.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

techtrendy - Hey, don't hang your head...we are all guilty of some facebook follies. Besides, joining a cause isn't completely useless, as I mentioned, if nothing else it helps to spread awareness of the issue. Most will even let you donate money if you choose. By no means is that shameful. Watch out for the time warp. Thanks for the comment.

stoneage2010 - Agreed. Thanks for commenting.


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Janeal Mulaney 6 years ago

I like facebook and also my space I have found friends on both that I hadn't seen in years. I still have a social life when I want one. My biggest complaint on both of them is everyone's relationships are all aired for everyone to read. For me that is the worst way to have a marriage or divorce. You don't tell everyone your personal business. Leave that for the one on one messages. Thanks Your hub was a good read.


Christmas Gifts 6 years ago

I have been holding off on Facebook because I have a lot of privacy concerns with it. On the other hand I have an online business which I am going to have to engage my customers on Facebook.

Sadly I don't know what to do with it!

A necessary evil!

Thanks for the insight though, good post.


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henrykasan 6 years ago from UK

Informative Hub!!!!

The hub contain very relevant information regarding facebook.The enjoyable feature, as mentioned in hub, such as it's funny,it keeps us connected,party invitations,chat,getting creepy,photographs,business,nostalgia, and strange status updates are really fruitful but there are certain drawbacks of facebook such as emotional status updates,it's addictive,it gives a false sense of community,nom and dad are on Facebook,compare and contrast,waste of time,the Facebook over-user,friend suggestions,loss of privacy,groups causes and fan pages,unknown friend request and relationship status updates etc. are some thing which everyone is worried about. But if we look at the merits, it is observed that merits are more then its demerits. In nutshell the hub is good and informative. Keep on hubbing.


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deancortez044 6 years ago from Las Vegas

Very nice and informative hub. Thanks and good luck on your hubs. I have my own FB and it lets me connect with friends and other acquaintance.


Deborah 6 years ago

I like facbook, but its alot of kids on that's not even 18 years old. some of there page are awful...


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kubth 6 years ago from UK

My friend was only saying today how great Facebook is for the birthday reminders, if nothing else. Glad he said that because it's my birthday soon!


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Black Hat Boy 6 years ago from Cyberspace

I also love and hate facebook, But I never thought of so many reasons .

But yes you have covered them all


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

Jane Mulaney - I agree. Luckily it's not mandatory to put your relationship status, or anything else, up on Facebook. Thanks for the comment.

Christmas Gifts - It might not be necessary...and I don't think it's evil. You can easily manage a Facebook account just for business purposes. Try it out. If it doesn't help you network and gain more customers after a time, delete the account. Thanks for the comment.

henrykasan - Thanks for the hub-summary. I'm glad you enjoyed and comprehended all that it had to offer. Come hang out more often. Thanks.

deancortez044 - Thanks for the warm wishes. Best of luck to you as well

Deborah - Not necessarily true. I think you might find that all ages are on Facebook now. Either way, thanks for the comment.

jasmin333 - Thanks for the comment.

kubth - You know what is also fun...you could always change your birthday several times a year. That way, those friendly acquaintances, especially the more gullible ones, may just send you birthday presents several times a year as well.

Black Hat Boy - Glad you can relate. Thanks for the comment.


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vinnz21 6 years ago from Philippines now in California

nice one!keep it up dude!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

vinnz21 - thanks for the comment brother. same to you.


natasha davey  6 years ago

how to get on facebook at school


jemma 6 years ago

cooooool:)


hitalot 6 years ago

thank you great write


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MrBombastic 6 years ago

Great hub! Facebook can get you caught up in so many ways many times b/c the status updates can be misunderstood. Twitter is much more fun though to me but facebook is a cool way to connect with family and old friends etc.


Mszswagger16 6 years ago

Good Hub!!! I dislike facebook for the reason that no matter what you would chage your name to , people ALWAYS end up finding you


MRWED 6 years ago

The comparison is great! Although some hate it, I will still say I love it because this is the only way to know the whereabouts of my relatives and friends. I am not addict to it unlike other who spends most of the day with it. I only checked it after work then leave it.


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lcg4jc 6 years ago

I loved your hub its made me laugh because I know exactly what you are talking about. Thank you for putting this up.


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Summer Wolf 6 years ago from Cashmere, Washington

My comment on FB is this....even though it can suck your life and time away, so does the internet and gaming. Nothing new here, just a different forum. The one thing that bothers me is the way 'friends' from high school, 30+ years ago want to be your friend now, but didn't want anything to do with you then, and has never once contacted you in the in between years to see how your doing. I'm now FB friends with all those wonderful people I went to school with that didn't want to be friends then. Isn't that adorable? I just went to a 30th HS reunion and they STILL didn't want anything to do with me...of course this was before FB. haha....but then I still go there and do the farmville and petville thing....every day....crops are ready to harvest, gotta go now.


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giwrgos12 6 years ago from San Diego

You have shared extremely truthful info regarding face book.


Multi Blogging 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing


Trampoline Man 6 years ago

Great for keeping in touch but can waste your time if you let it. Good Hub


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tylercoop 6 years ago

I like Facebook and I use it. However, I am very careful not to put any information on it that I don't want strangers to read. I think you need to be very responsible with this website.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

natasha davey - Your school may block the site for whatever reasons. Read a book.

hitalot - Thanks for the comment

mr bombastic - Thanks for reading my friend. Glad you enjoyed

mszswagger16 - If you didn't want to be found, you wouldn't have a facebook. Right? Thanks for comment.

MRWED - Good for you. Moderation is key.

Icg4jc - You're welcome...and thank you for commenting.

Summer Wolf - That stuff is weird to me too. You know, planting a real garden can be entertaining as well, and a whole lot more useful.

giwrgos12 - Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the comment.

MultiBlogging - Thank you for commenting.

Trampoline Man - So can a lot of things. Moderation my friend...that is the key.

tylercoop - You do. That's a very wise insight. Thanks for reading.


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bojanglesk8 6 years ago

Great hub. I deleted my Facebook ages ago. I'm glad I did.


Jasmine JellyBaby 6 years ago

I agree with Brainoff.. it should be called fake book because people there are so fake and its all crap. Although I'm on it, I truly hate it so badly, that's why I dont log in regularily. Good hub though xx


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AuntySa 6 years ago from Austalia

Facebook users must always be careful on what information they share in public.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

bojangles8 - I'm guessing you lean more towards the reasons to hate facebook. That's too bad. Thanks for reading nonetheless.

Jasmine JellyBaby - It is obviously a great way for people to design exactly how they want to be seen as a person. In the end, the person you are on the internet is for the birds, and your true self will come through to those who matter. Sorry I just got so deep right there.... Thanks for reading.

AuntySa - Very true as others have already noted. Thanks for your input.


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TheMMAZone 6 years ago from Kansas

Great hub I just got done watching the movie on zuckerberg and it was awesome. It makes him look strange though. I am not sure if he really is or not movies can tell a totally different story than the truth.

Thanks for the hub!


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MatthewLBrennan 6 years ago from Aurora, IL

You hit this one well. It can be useful, creepy and addictive all at the same time though!


jesslearn 6 years ago

I too love and hate FB. It's addicting but almost a total waste of my time LOL.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

TheMMAZone - Heard it's good myself but have to see it. Thanks for the comment.

Mathew - Thanks for noticing...

jesslearn - Typically is. At least you are aware of that..


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Syra Mhbed 6 years ago from Bucharest

that's really facebook in a nutshell(well quite a large one to be honest:P)

Nice article, you've got yourself a follower;)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

syra mhbed - glad you enjoyed. thanks for becoming a follower!


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nyc123 6 years ago from Houston, TX

Nice hub!! I believe that the usage of Facebook is totally defined by the individual that is a member of this social community. If this application is filling a void, whether it is to advertise one's products or to reconnect with others from years past, then if the user is satisfied with the purpose that it is serving, then to each's own in my opinion. Great writing, please keep up the good work!!


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

nyc123 - I agree with you. Like most things ie: food, drugs, television...it's all about moderation and keeping your using habits in check. Thanks for the encouragement and for becoming a follower. Keep it easy...


smakram 6 years ago

So many FB status updates nowadays make me think people have mistaken it for twitter. I am sure there is a correlation between frequency in FB status updating around the time twitter took off


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jeremysharon 6 years ago

Im agree with u,

I love facebook but it is so addective and waste of time.

It helps me to connect with my friend even they are not meeting me or calling me it helps to keep in touch with information about the business or products you like but it is possible to get it from others and now a days games on the facebook created by Zynga making user crazy and they are making money,there is only waste of time nothing else bt sometimes it good for the fun.

Its not either good or bad its cool not supercool.


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Michael Durden 6 years ago

Zuckerberg creeps me out. Everything about him skeezes me out.

Anyway, nice article.


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Str8up Hookups 6 years ago

Absolutely awesome hub!

I agree on all points,in moderation,use as you like but know there are FB stalkers,haters,exes,and of course FB fanatics.Post any and everything they do daily.

I actually know all my FB friends,I don't except anyone I don't know,not into playing games hence the 319 Mafia wars or zoo thingy request that remain unanwered.My privacy settings are on stealth so you can't find me unless I send you friend request.

Hub-up!


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coolbreeze 6 years ago from Hawaii

FB has its purpose They all come and go. I remember when everyone had to have a PC to go online. We figured out 10 years ago that PCs and windows suck. Look at all the new stuff. Even the clones are not running MS because its crap and was created to make you pay and pay. FB will last for a while. One hint FB is bank ;-)


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askjanbrass 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I suppose I fall under the "Uh oh grandma" category...almost at least, I'm not quite that old yet. Your sentence "I don't know how, but Mark Zuckerberg has discovered a time warp" made me literally laugh out loud (LOL, right?). Very nice hub!


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Mercredi 6 years ago

Facebook is like a trust (ie: Like Standard Oil in 1900) Id like to see more diversity when it comes to social networking. There are a lot of different sites like Bebo and Badoo and even Hubpages!


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gachapoz 6 years ago

ahh, so true. :\

I agree wholeheartedly. Great post!


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Trinsick 6 years ago from Cali

This may blow your minds but I'm a 20 something that still hasn't signed up for Facebook


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gerard71powell 6 years ago from Glasbury, UK

I mourn the loss of my privacy everyday, I've actually recently deleting a bunch of people I once knew, but no longer mean anything to me.


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World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

I have written over 300 Hubpages but not a single page on Facebook. Why?

I have known about Facebook for years but have never written on it. Not as of this date. Hubpages offers unlimited space for your writing, photo uploads, online market places for tens of thousands of products (including Amazon.com, eBay, Google AdSense, Kontera textual ads), video and photo uploads, recent news releases from around the world involving the key words that you type into the international newspaper search engine, RSS feeds, comment boxes without limitation on space, Google Maps to highlight the location of your topic e.g. writing about tourist opportunities for travel or shopping around the world, polls and quizzes you can develop for your readers, a built in spell checker to check your writing (just like Microsoft Word), extremely high ranking with Google search, the opportunity to return to any of your writings at any time to update or edit and many other features!

Unlike some other social networking websites you'll never get a message like "Too many words, you'll have to be more creative." Was that Twitter? Ugh! Or, "You have a 10,000 character limit!" or something like that (is that Squidoo?)

As of this date there are not, to my knowledge, any other social networking websites that feature all of these advantages. I'll sign up for Facebook someday but only under extreme emotional duress.


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molson5070 6 years ago from State College, Pa

i hope they keep it simple and don't add too many new features! It's already getting confusing :(


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Kristine B 6 years ago

I'm with you. I too have a love/hate Facebook relationship.


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bogerk 6 years ago from Midwest

I mainly love Facebook. The key is to take nothing about it too seriously. It's just a fun way to stay in contact with old and current friends and post cool links, photos or whatever to the people you interact with.


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Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

informative.. thanks


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prishayogita 6 years ago from Mumbai

I love communicating on FACE BOOK


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ar.colton 6 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

Facebook is to actual communication what reality TV is to actual reality.

Having said that, I will go update my facebook status...with that...


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barbergirl28 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I don't remember the exact quote but on the movie Funny People, Adam Sandler's character said that Tom from Myspace must be the most lonely person out there but yet has a million friends. That is the one thing I hate about facebook. Suddenly it becomes an addiction... like, why doesn't anyone like my facebook status and why does nobody ever comment on my stuff. I live for that! I don't know why honestly, but it makes me feel less invisible! I enjoy the feedback and the talking. Then again, I love the secret spying factor as well! Great hub! I enjoyed reading it!


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sunbeams 6 years ago from Cairns , Australia

I agree with you on tha one - that it creates a false sense of community.What's really creepy is that many are fast to send friend requests and make friends.Then , that's it ! The end.After that you never find them commenting , joining in discussions etc.They just silently sit there watching you.Creeps you out.Such "friends" , I hate.


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health products 6 years ago from UK

Its good to be there.. But i agree sometimes its little confusing.. Nice hub... interesting reading..


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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

This seems to big a big conversation piece in our family lately, I personally have a love / hate relationship with Facebook right now. Thinks its great for business and keeping in touch with friends and family, but need to be careful not to waste too much time on it. Voted up! again great hub.


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alexandruv 6 years ago

Holly s$#% this hub is awesome! I love reading good hubs. Thanks!


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cookibuq 6 years ago from Ireland / Hong Kong

Well-written hub - I agree with all your points :) Sometimes I love fb and go on it throughout the whole day for a few days.....then on the other times I just have to log out for a week or two. Either way I always end up going back on it....can never hate it too much to delete my account. It's kinda addictive which makes fb so successful I guess. +1 !


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ss sneh 6 years ago from the Incredible India!

Hi!

I didn't really understand why facebook is so popular?

Now I know some -- Thanks


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SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

Good Hub. I agree, I love facebook because I can see what all of my family and friends are up to and let them know what I am up to. On the other hand, I hate opening myself up to people I don't know being able to see my status.


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mcimicata 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

This was definitely an amazing hub, and I enjoyed reading it :) great Job!


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Sarah Masson 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

All of this is so true


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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

Guilty and innocent at the same time. You know hubpages can take a few hours out of my day too!


johncalvin43 6 years ago

I used facebook for find old friend, It the best. :)


masterarts 6 years ago

tnx for this useful post! :)


TundeSolanke 6 years ago

Personally I feel facebook is potentially a very powerful medium but may be pretty delicate for most us to use. There's certainly lots of room for the site to improve in the areas of security and convenience of use. On the other hand there's a lot responsibility on the user to engage with the site,in its current state, in such manner that is rewarding, secure and wholesome. May also require a lot of monitoring of the technology and operation of the site.


KLeichester 6 years ago

I've heard a lot about Facebook, but have not tried. Maybe I just might. Thanks.


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winTastic 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I've done a survey a couple years back at the University of San Francisco and Facebook is the leading reason why college students procrastinate.


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annieloulaurel 6 years ago

Yes, I love it but I hate it too at times. Just my personal opinion though.


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writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

I am a user of Facebook. I need to agree with annieloulaurel. There are times that i love facebook and times i hate it. It depends upon my mood :)


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scottmitchellfl 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Facebook is being used more and more as a way to keep in touch with your clients and customers as well as friends. It's become an excellent business tool.


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nicnac 6 years ago from Ireland

Lovin this hub, even th vote at the end shows that people are so love / hate about it.. and yes, it really does make people think they have th right to know everythin about you! Happy i came across this!


remilyn 6 years ago

thanks for sharing


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Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I hate facebook, but it is a good way for my son to keep me updated with the photos and more from the grandchildren. I truth be said, my husband uses my facebook page more than I do.


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California Author

Cherylscrate - Happy to hear that...thanks for the comment.

smakram - That's possible, or people are just becoming more and more self-involved. Either way...we're done for

jeremysharon - I think I understand you? Thanks for the comment though...

Michael Durdan - Ha! YES! Creepy McCreeperson yeaa

Str8up Hookups - I'm in stealth mode as well...thanks for the up-vote!

coolbreeze - What do you mean FB is bank?

askjanbrass - Glad to hear I can still make a grandma crack a smile...Thanks for the comment!

Mercredi - Yes...but there can only be one FACEBOOK! Thanks for reading...

gachapoz - Thanks!

Trinsick - ...they do exist...

gerard71powell - You can change all that if you really want though...you know that right? Just delete your Facebook. Anywho, thanks for being here...

gmrck - That's true...but it's easy to start thinking you "need" this or that when it comes to Facebook. When did this "need" to share 60 photos of your European vacation with all 800 "friends" arise?...who knows. Thanks for reading though...

World-Traveler - Thanks for the clarification!

Molson5070 - I think it's only going to get worse...Thanks for reading

Kristine B - YEAAA become a follower then! Thanks for being here...

bogerk - You start to take it seriously and you start to go crazy...Helpful insight. Thanks bud...

Rismayanti - Hey...you're welcome.

ForrestDrake - Really...whatever happened to the good old phone call-invite.

Prishayogita - Awesome. Thanks for reading..

ar colton - Beautiful analogy. Thanks for that.

barbergirl28 - Yeah don't dig into it so much...it's just Facebook. Thanks for reading though and I'm glad you enjoyed.

sunbeams - Those are the same people that pretend not to see you from 3 feet away in line at the coffee shop. Socially awkward weirdos with millions of Facebook friends. Hmm...

health products - Happy I interested you. Thanks.

rpalulis - Couldn't agree more. Thanks for the vote up!

alexadruv - haha...awesome. Thanks!

cookibuq - Thanks for being here guyyyyyy!

ss sneh - Glad I could help. Thanks for reading..

SUSIE DUZY - A double edged sword indeed. Thanks for reading.

mcimicata - Sweet. Thanks.

Sarah Masson - Thanks for reading.

danielgrace - Mark couldn't have said it better himself. Thanks for the comment.

Jewels - MODERATION

johncalvin - Nice! Thanks for reading

masterofarts - Thanks for the comment.

TundeSolanke - You sound smart. Thanks for writing smart comments on my hub. I feel smarter.

winTastic - From first-hand experience, I can see that. Thanks for sharing.

annieloulaurel - Thanks for reading.

writer83 - Agreed here as well. Thanks for the comment.

scottmichtell - I think FB is almost necessary now for a business to really excel...Thanks for the comment.

nicnac - Happy to make you happy. Cheers!

remiltyn - You're welcome

Hendrika - Careful though, you never know what hubby is getting into. Actually, you do...no worries.


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Emma Scott 5 years ago

Nowadays I'm not certain if it's Facebook or Bodybook ... I prefer to see it has my Moneybook ... Take a look at my hub about that ... Thanks!


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lovetherain 5 years ago from Untited States

I think I hate facebook for more reasons than I love it:)


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BioMedGirl 5 years ago from Corpus Christi, Tx

I remember being upset when facebook first added the 'stalker feed' to their site. At first, I protested the addition and decided I was going to boycott facebook, but of course that didn't last. It's just like the onset of cell phones, before you had one it was no big deal. After you got one, you suddenly can't live without it. And of course, now facebook and cellphones have joined forces to create the ultimate addiction.. Great hub!


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vicki simms 5 years ago from northamptonshire

I loved reading your hub and I love Facebook although I hate it too, I have been very good recently and I had a huge clear out of "friends" and deleted a lot. Your reasons are spot on and too true. Top Hub!


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

emma scott - But Emma, you have no hubs? Anyways, thanks for reading.

lovetherain - thanks for sharing.

biomedgirl - I'm unfamiliar with this stalker feed, unless you're talking about the mini feed. I agree...I didn't like it at first, and still don't, but it's there.

vicki simms - Thanks for the kind words


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abinavis 5 years ago from Bat Island

The very bad thing on Facebook is that your privacy is no longer kept and I hate this. So be careful to not exploit your private and confidential data on it. Your pros and cons of FB have recovered everything. Very good hub.


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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

It makes it easy to keep up with old friends


KLeichester 5 years ago

This just makes sense for me. Thanks for posting.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

abinavis - the good thing is that you can control your privacy...thanks for the comment

susannah42 - very true. thanks for reading

KLeichester - haha...for me as well. thanks commenting


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LeisaNunn 5 years ago from Vancouver Washington

Great article, great read. Made me think. great job.

I just did an evaluation of Zadie Smith's "Generation Why" so the topic has been on my mind heavily for the last two weeks, and I found your article to be very interesting.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

LeisaNunn - Truly glad to hear that...thanks for the comment... I'll have to check out that article, or is it a book?


SweetVictory 5 years ago from Kent

hi folks

im still on fb been for over a year not sure why i use it.

ok i get to hear from people who i use to know but why add me if you dont really want to talk to me.

I hate fb, why do people have better lives then me ?

how shallow they all are telling their friends what they get up to and what they think, i like to keep things private not to tell everyone.

i levae a few comments on my wall no one replys what is the point!


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silkysmoothe 5 years ago

I hate Facebook when they block you from adding friends for no reason. Sometimes they say its from adding people you don't know BUT I KNOW THESE PEOPLE!!!!


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drawnindigital 4 years ago from London

enjoyed that!


siddu 4 years ago

nice


Jack 4 years ago

My sister spends at least 3 hours on facebook everyday.maybe more.imagine how life would be without it.technology grades and people would be a lot more advanced.and a lot less STUPID.so F@&! Facebook!


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jamila sahar 4 years ago

greetings i agree with some of the comments and have a love/hate relationship agreeing with one of the comments that it is a necessary evil for business and social media, i dont have any personal conversations just posting videos and blogs for business purposes. i actually prefer the interaction with pinterest, as it doesn't have the 'friend'drama. you can compliment someones picture or post and receive other compliments suits me just fine. so i hope to eventually faze out the fb in tne future and just keep a page for posting videos/blogs, great hub voted up, interesting and useful!


Shaya Shakir Bajamas Nurshe 4 years ago

Yeah I do Love/Hate Facebook.


Frugal Cannibal 4 years ago

I love FB - especially the FB retirement plan. It goes like this: I keep tabs on LOTS of people and copy to my hard drive pics that might have significant value in the future (for example, college kids puking after a drinking binge). When these kids get out of the expensive colleges they go to and join some investment bank, I guess these pics will go for several hundred, nay, thousand dollars.

I also keep a text diary with whatever tidbits I can capture from their FB pages, and take a screen shot to provide context. These will also fetch a handsome price in the not-too-distant future.

If I come to the conclusion that doing this could be construed, by any chance, as a form of blackmail, I'll go ahead and just dump everything on the Internet for free, while emailing lots of people (employers, significant others, etc.) about where they can access it - just for shits and giggles.

Like I said, I LOVE Facebook.


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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

yup you are absolutely right ..it goes up as well as down ...


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shameemweb 4 years ago from India

facebook the best social media which will help to reach the people in time

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