Thinking of leaving FB and it's giving me hives. Which is probably a good reason to REALLY CONSIDER LEAVING FB. Ugh.
FB observation: oldest daughter (17) joined at 10 with all her friends and it's still their main platform, though they prefer snapchat, "because it's the one we're all on".
Middle daughter (16) blogs and is intermittently on Twitter, has no interest in FB and has just joined Instagram.
Youngest (11) is the iPad generation kid for whom social came through gaming straight to Instagram.
That 6 year generation gap may be an issue for FB.
@actualham It's ok out here. There are many of us, we all do fine.
I think you'll be okay too Robin - I have thought about it as well, but am not brave enough yet.
Speaking of, we had guests over the holidays and my whole SM life really got derailed. I guess because we have so few peeps locally that we hang with SM is often our way to socialize.
Anywho, its great to be back on and see peeps here again. Happy holidays Kate :) and you too Actual ;)
@katebowles @ShorterPearson @daniellynds @sundilu @actualham My kids show a similar pattern except oldest daughter uses FB for stuff she wants family to see only and used Snapchat & Instagram for everything else. 15 & 13 yos use Instagram & snapchat and don't have FB accounts.
I have an inkling that my 8 & 11 year olds barely know what FB is...
@lauraritchie (the pain, it is real)
still, I think it is important to start moving in that direction, and for exactly the reasons that @actualham states; the hives are cues that we've become too dependent upon that structure for doing work, and God knows Facebook takes advantage of our dependence.
@lauraritchie @cogdog @ShorterPearson @daniellynds @actualham The analog for me is grocery shopping. Much easier to go to the big one stop store, contribute endless data about self through store card, come away with much plastic wrapping, and food at prices achieved by coercing farmers in monopoly market.
Slower, less convenient, sometimes also more expensive: food market, local produce, less packaging, etc.
FB is the retail giant of social networking, but not the only way.
There are a host of people I work with, especially on a volunteer basis, for whom Facebook is their ONLY mode of online communication - and their use of Facebook groups drives much of the engagement of people together.
I KNOW that's not the best way, and I seriously believe that's not the healthiest way at this point. But others' communication is a real limiter.
@cogdog, don't even worry about it. You're not wrong in the SLIGHTEST.
I just know I'm going to get HOWLING - from MULTIPLE quarters - when I back away from Facebook. (And it's increasingly "when", not "if".)
I know it's old, but I show people (including staff & students) this: http://www.takethislollipop.com/
and then they sometimes care more about things fb... (saying that, I still use it but am very aware that whatever I post is used- I am consumed, not consumer)
@ShorterPearson @cogdog @daniellynds @actualham @lauraritchie I've had similar dilemmas with groups I've worked with who say "O we will communicate on FB" and I think, well, this is a bit like being vegetarian and going to dinner. You have to figure out how to mention it.
But I do think everyone has to make up their own minds about all this.
Also like vegetarianism. (Which I'm totally not.)
@cogdog @ShorterPearson @daniellynds @katebowles @actualham A family member (well, a step-cousin) just had a baby and I would never have known if I hadn't gotten onto FB for something else for the first time in like three months recently. That's how dependent they are--they don't do any other form of announcement. And a friend sent out party invite only through FB and then emailed me the day before saying "oh yeah, forgot you're not on FB much." Come on, people.
@cogdog @ShorterPearson @daniellynds @katebowles @actualham And those who say young people don't use FB anymore? Tell that to student groups at my uni. Recently was asked to send around a call for proposals for an undergrad research conference at my uni to students in the program I Chair, and the link was to a FB post. Seriously?
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