Why I Hate Facebook

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Why do I hate the book of faces? Mainly, because it makes me like humans less.

If it were not for Facebook, I would not have known how many people I know in real life are racists, anti-government extremists, or science deniers.

If it were not for Facebook, I wouldn’t have known that the majority of adults don’t know the difference between to and too, here and hear, and there and their.

Before Facebook, I thought people were more creative than they are. But I can scroll through two days-worth of posts without finding an original sentence, or even an original photo.

Before Facebook, I did not realize how petty people are.

“So just got back from China kitchen hear in Fort Worth and there food really sucked I asked for large coke and the girl brought what looked like medium maybe even small? She did not even smile or say sorry what is happening too our country? #Stopimgration #makemericagreatagain.”

Before Facebook, I did not realize that the simple comment, “Prayers,” was helpful.

Nor did I realize that cheerleader try-outs are an appropriate occasion to request prayer.

Without Facebook, I would not have known that a man I used to respect would believe that he, or anyone else, would be blessed within the hour for sharing a post that declared his love for Jesus.

Before Facebook, I thought adults were more discerning and less gullible. “I seen it on Facebook,” was not enough reason to believe that the U.S. military uses Wal-Mart as a staging ground to wage war on the American public.

Before Facebook, I did not know that my sister thinks everyone who believes the way I do about a certain issue is a “Libtard.”

I would not have thought that my aunt was silly enough to write, “I love you sweet puppy,” in the comment section under a picture of a mangy, pathetic looking three-legged dog with the caption, “I bet no one will give me a like or share.”

Nor did I realize that I was mean enough to think, “I sure as hell won’t.”

Before Facebook, I didn’t realize how many people in my community are against free lunches at school but will solicit donations to feed the “fur babies” at the animal shelter.

Before Facebook, I did not know that some adults spend all their time playing computer games, nor did I realize how badly they would like me to join them in that pursuit.

Without Facebook, I wouldn’t know that half the people I went to high school with are grandparents and act like grandparents. Nor that they are having knee and hip surgeries.

Thank you, Facebook. I’ve been enlightened, but I prefer my former ignorance.

About Nowhere Tribune

A husband and daddy, striving to love his neighbors and be kind to his pets. I love good food, good beer, and a few good friends. My other interests are hiking, taking walks, lifting weights, reading books by manly authors like Hemingway and Twain, and splitting fire wood with my bare hands.


27 thoughts on “Why I Hate Facebook

  1. I have to use Facebook for keeping in touch with my friends these days, but oh yes there is so much crap on it. Those stupid pages you mention which say things like ‘I bet no one will give me a like or share’ are often instances of ‘like farming’. Basically they try to get their page as popular as possible by asking people to share or like random crap, then when the page is popular, they can sell it to someone else, or use it for other nefarious purposes like scamming. Yes apparently ‘likes’ can be sold.

    Posted by TheCovertAtheist | March 18, 2019, 4:55 pm
  2. I hear you. It’s a blend of the bland, banal, and booboisie. I closed my FB account some years ago. Don’t miss it at all. I especially don’t miss those posts that tell me I’m going to hell, or some damn thing, if I don’t share the post with 10 other people. By the way, I never shared, so I guess I’m going to hell.

    Posted by Tippy Gnu | March 18, 2019, 4:55 pm
  3. That’s a great summary of the damage that the internet in general has done to us. I am constantly surprised by the hatred and bitchiness that exists in people’s hearts. The internet seems to have given permission to people to express all their/there secret real feelings. It’s hard to understand. That’s a bit awkward with your sister now I guess.

    Posted by Julie | March 18, 2019, 5:24 pm
    • It’s really not awkward with my sister. She’s very sweet in real life. She’s only mean on the internet, which goes along with what you’re saying. I’ve learned to ignore a person’s FB personality, because it’s usually the worst side of them.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | March 19, 2019, 6:04 am
  4. Great post. It really shows the extremes of people’s thoughts, that perhaps they would not speak in real life.

    Posted by Kim | March 18, 2019, 7:48 pm
  5. Awesome post and so true. Who knew that a bunch of drunken frat boys would go up to be ultra conservative facebookers. I like keeping up with my east coast family though.

    Posted by bigguyhiking | March 18, 2019, 11:07 pm
  6. I was late to jump on the FB train, just never saw the appeal. But peer pressure got me and now I’m there. While it’s been nice to reconnect with old friends… finding out they’re actually racist, close minded cave people was not. Social media has made me miss the good old days when belonging to an opposing political party was not cause for hatred and derision.

    Posted by rivergirl1211 | March 19, 2019, 7:45 am
  7. All true and I have been both the writer and the hater of the writer of bad posts. One thing I LIKE about FB is that it showed me my OWN hypocrisy . It brought out some lazy thinking, some mindless prejudices, some narrow-minded opinions. I don’t like people being mad at me and I don’t like offending people just to show how smart I am, lol, so I have had to slow my fingers down and often have had to DELETE posts that I realized later were snarky, angry and inflammatory. I mostly use it to keep up with friends and for private groups, but when I do share information, I try to share true and helpful things even if I know some will disagree. I’ve lost quite a few friends, I”m sad to say, over political stuff. But that is not just Fb, that is reality. Our country is divided and our government is divided and the parties are NOT going to cooperate on key issues. It’s a bad situation. My sister whom I love dearly is what I consider an uninformed Liberal who lives in a fantasy world like Alexandria C-O. But we still have much in common. Oh, and be sure to Like and comment on this or you will stub your toe today!

    Posted by pkadams | March 19, 2019, 7:57 am
    • He he. Yep–it’s easy to be a hypocrite. I’ve deleted lots of posts, too. My unwritten rule now is to only post pictures of family, hiking trips, camping trips, etc… I never mention politics or religion.

      Posted by Nowhere Tribune | March 19, 2019, 8:00 am
  8. I 100% agree with this. I love catching up with friends. But it is so hard for me not to change my opinion of a person for all of the reasons you listed above. We need a lot more kindness in this world!

    Posted by sarahdudek80 | March 19, 2019, 8:35 am
  9. Hahah, funny but also a bit depressing. I always wonder at words like ”their” and ”there” misspelled, it’s really not that difficult… do it once, you can blame it on your phone, do it all the time… uhh no excuses really.
    I left FB 6 years ago and haven’t looked back…

    Posted by The Snow Melts Somewhere | March 19, 2019, 10:01 am
  10. I really hope that quote about the China kitchen isn’t really something you saw on your Facebook feed, but it wouldn’t be a stretch. Sometimes you just have to unfollow the people you love so you can continue to love them.

    Posted by Shayne | March 19, 2019, 10:52 am
  11. I have a love hate relationship with social media. It can become so toxic if we don’t take control of what we follow. I make it a point to only post positive and inspiring content. I’m also more aware of the pages I follow, making sure they are also posting more positive, uplifting content.

    Posted by ydowling | March 28, 2019, 7:30 am
  12. You pointed out a lot of reasons why I, too, hate Facebook. It made me laugh yet also cringe in full agreement when you mentioned the spelling problems, such as “here” vs “hear”.

    It always gives me a breath of fresh air when I deactivate my Facebook account. Those with whom I need to keep in touch know other ways to reach me and vice versa.

    I’ve blogged before about getting away from social media, and probably will again. WordPress, however, is one site that doesn’t bother me. Most of the writing I see on here is just that – actual writing – and not rehashed mindless and oft-misspelled digital space waste.

    Happy blogging to ya!

    Posted by Steeny Lou | April 2, 2019, 9:26 pm

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