Five Dumb Reasons to Hate Social Media: Stand Up for Twitter & Facebook!

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There are lots of annoying things about the various social networks that exist and plenty of reasons to think they are stupid. I've enumerated a number of those reasons on this very blog. But, with all things, there are people who will hate just to hate and sites like Twitter and Facebook often make themselves easy targets. Well, their users do anyway.

Still, there are some tremendous benefits to social media and it has, in fact, changed the way we all exchange information, often for the better. So, while there may be good reasons to poke fun at sites like Twitter and Facebook, there are also a lot of really dumb reasons to hate them. Here are five.

5. If I check in all the time, someone could rob me
This complaint is often voiced by the same people who e-mail their relatives with worries that Febreze will kill your pets or Coke is harsher than battery acid. Is there a risk when you overshare your whereabouts on sites like Four Square? Yes, of course there is. But, you are one of hundreds of thousands of people. There is a much greater chance no one will even notice you than take advantage of your absence. Plus, you shouldn't check in all the time anyway.

4. People on social networks are just narcissists who like to talk about themselves
This can be true. I was recently reading a series of tweets from someone who shall remain nameless, filled with thinly veiled attempts to elicit compliments from followers. But there are also some great people online who just like to share information, be funny and catch up with friends. Just like the workplace or the gym or church or school or any other place where you socialize with others, there are great people and there are idiots. Twitter and Facebook are no different.

3. It is a waste of my time
Maybe it is. That all depends on your attitude and how you use these Web sites, but you can't really know that until you try them out and see for yourself. Twitter can be remarkably productive. I find out all sorts of things there every day I probably wouldn't have learned otherwise. Additionally, it's probably the fastest way to get breaking news and a great way to track your interests like sports or music. In some ways, it's a far better choice than traditional media.

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ATX
ATX

I think the main issue is that a lot of people have resorted (almost) solely to social media as a way of interacting with each other.  The 6 months I disabled my facebook were probably the least social 6 months of my life.  People would constantly ask me why I hadn't attended a party, when I told them I didn't have facebook and they'd have to call/text me, email me or (god forbid) talk to me in person they just kind of laughed, and then would forget to invite me to the next one.  I'm not against the entire social media thing, I just think people need to get back to their roots of actually talking to one another.

Geezy
Geezy

I don't see anything wrong with Twitter, it really depends on who you follow. Facebook though. Fuck a Facebook. 

bibulb
bibulb

Facebook as a service, I'm for. Facebook as a company, I'm right there with you.

You are Ashtons bitch.
You are Ashtons bitch.

Social media sucks. Social media enthusiasts are the reason.

MadMac
MadMac

Typed the person on a website comment board, on the internet. But hey, I'm sure a nice cozzy island/cave/cabin in the woods is just screaming for your occupancy, Teddy K.

You are Ashtons bitch.
You are Ashtons bitch.

Oh, please!!! PLEASE!!! It's nearing lunchtime!!! Tell us about your sandwich!!! WE CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!!!!

MadMac
MadMac

Or, here's where the greatest band in history is playing a little club show. Or, here's were we found "that" shirt/shoe/car at that "price." Or, my favorite, here's a Twitter-based contest pitching your novel to five agents, you know, if you write more than rants exceeding the USDA daily allowance of caps and exclamation points. Don't forget to yell at those kids on your lawn, Dr. Kazcynski.

Smedley
Smedley

Geez... Why don't you and Social Media just go get married already?

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