After I read an article yesterday saying that Facebook as a whole makes people feel worse because they are envious of others who have better life in general than themselves and from personal experience it got me thinking about Facebook itself and I came to conclusion Facebook makes people lazy!
What do I mean by this? Simple people because of Facebook and it’s nature people have become very lazy socially expecting everything at their figure tips. This gets highlighted when heavy users of Facebook actually arrive in social web sites which encourage real social interaction in so much they really lack the basic skills to socially interact with a fellow human being. All they seam to be capable of is making negative remarks about other people or making such remarks the site is boring or they are bored.
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg both have a lot to answer for by creating a social network which rather than encourages real social interaction creates a whole group of people who expect the social network to provide the social interaction and entertainment which frankly the wrong way round. Facebook has not helped the situation by adding games and other distractions which have really detracted from what the site was meant to be a social network.
In the end Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg have done more damage than good in the field of social networks by allowing their own greed and misplaced idea that people actually like an open life which frankly none ever did other than with real friends.
What Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg both have forgotten clearly it is not the social web site itself but the people who make it up gives a social network its life and frankly Facebook has no real life of it’s own but a group of isolated users who just end up posting trivia and playing games rather than actually socialising.
Myself and growing number of people are using Facebook less and less choosing other places to socialise on the internet which tend to be smaller and more personal social networks, for example True-Friends.org and Anybeat before it plus in my case virtual worlds like Second Life. As like myself I rather socialise in a place created by the users not a faceless corporation or one persons flawed vision of the future of the internet.
Add to this growing numbers even on Facebook now just use it to keep in contact with friends and use it less and less reducing their presence there even to a point of not updating their status any more. Myself if it were not for friends who only use Facebook I would of removed my presence there totally.
It has not gone unnoticed to myself and others even some game companies who write Facebook games now are separating themselves from Facebook by creating their own sites to play their games and mini social web sites around their games.
In the end Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg have got it wrong blinded by their own greed and arrogance with a social web site which only exists because people are far too lazy to look elsewhere!