I Wanted to Write This, I Don’t Need Proof That You Read It

Can someone explain to me exactly what degree of loneliness or sense of inadequacy causes people to print on Facebook a rather boilerplate request that readers comment to “prove” they are reading the post? I must see this in just a quick perusal six times a day. It’s one thing that people post inanities, like “If you could eliminate one adjective, what would it be?” or that they are printing intimate aspects of their life for semi-strangers, including pictures in …


Social Needia

When I visit Twitter, I see a lot of people trying to express something of value within 140 characters, or far less if they want to be retweeted. That’s not a bad exercise. There are others who “follow” 15,000 or 50,000 others, which we know is a joke. But if you follow those people producing value every day, I can see the point. When I visit Linkedin, I find a lot of people looking for work, either employment or to …


Faceboor

Spent two minutes looking at Facebook this morning. Blocked one guy who had to use F**k in his title; four self-aggrandizing posts; 18 posts on nothing at all (beautiful sunset, drunk falls off boat); one really funny photo of dog with leash waiting not for walk but car door to be opened; and the rest about vacations, motivation, wishful thinking, and so on. I think I wasted a minute forty-five. Moving on.


Facebook Update

Some reflections from time spent on Facebook and the most profound patterns I observe:   • Conversations reflect bias predisposition, not openness to debate. Obama is a moron. Obama is undermined by Republican morons. (No one seems to call this a great presidency, so there is an empirical limitation even to bias.) A great many minds are exposed but very few converted.   • Boldness is magnified artificially by lack of presence. People become more aggressive, less tolerant, more ad …


What If Facebook Required An IQ Test?

I decided to read every Facebook post on my home page (or whatever it is) this morning right to the bottom, and I found….wait for it….that all but two were stupid, vain, or just wrong. And these are the people I haven’t blocked yet! Who on earth can put more than ten minutes a day into this time dump? My favorites this morning: 1. I’m going to begin posting motivational sayings daily. Wish me luck. 2. I’m back from Florida …


Hey Old Pal, Can You Spare A Hundred Thou?

A large percentage of people on social media platforms seem to feel they have become instant buddies and peers. (It’s interesting that Facebook has “friends” but Twitter has “followers.”) Among recent requests to me from total strangers: • Endorse them for specialties I have no idea whether or not they are proficient in. • Provide testimonials for self-published books which don’t interest me. • Appear as a guest on their “internet radio show” which has approximately 16 listeners. • Coach …


Facebook As A Depressant

In a study at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Leuven University (Belgium) it was found that Facebook users in their late teens or early 20s were more depressed than non-users. The more people socialized on Facebook,  the worse they reported feeling, as opposed to another group which socialized only in the real world and felt positive for having done so. (Reported in Bottom Line)