Facebook break

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ChrisBowsman, May 25, 2020.

  1. I’ve been on a break from Facebook for the better part of a week. Each proceeding day brings me closer to making the break permanent.
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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Here comes the deluge of naysayers about FB!

    It's only as good (or bad) as how you use it.
  3. Yeah, I've been very facebook light for a couple years now. I check in once and then. It's the same dumpster fire I left.
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  4. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I’ve been off it for about two and a half years now. Don’t miss it in the slightest.
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  5. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    You can do it!
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  6. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, OR
    I have one to manage our band account and to follow other bands. I don’t post anything on my personal page whatsoever, nor any photos besides my profile pic. Be extremely picky about who you befriend on there or block them from your newsfeed. FB isn’t so bad if you tailor it to your liking.
  7. never-enough


    Oct 27, 2019
    Lost Angeles
    I've not had a Facebook account, but I feel exactly the same regarding television!
  8. I agree. It’s not that I think it’s inherently evil or anything. There’s a lot of drama in life, and a little less doesn’t seem to hurt.
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  9. Not necessarily true, unless they've changed some things over the past 10 years.

    Back then, a person could send you a private message along with a friend request. To me, this is like opening my email up to anyone wanting to contact me.

    A couple of women from our local blues society used this feature to inquire of my marital status. I had steered clear of them for years at gigs. I didn't have the option of approving them as friends BEFORE I got their private message.

    Things may have changed, I don't know. If this has changed, I would have no problem returning to FB and blocking peoples political ( all sides ) rants.

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  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    FB, not for the paranoid.
    I'm currently working on setting the limit of how many people can be blocked.
  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    FB is as dangerous as you make it, IME.
    If you put out a wide net (make lots of comments) it comes back to you. That could be good if you're bored or obviously bad if you don't want the attention.

    I know at least one person who wrecked their job by being on FB at work ALL the time.
    Ironically that person posted on FB about how badly they were done when staff were cut loose.

    If you don't like FB you can try LinkedIn, which is more professional.
    Friends have told me I should change my casual photo on there, but I'm not looking for a job.

    As far as FB goes, I've nearly stopped posting photos of my cooking, because there's so many bloody food critics out there who don't understand that a meat salad is a meat salad.
    It's like pizza, it doesn't need to have pepperoni on it to be a pizza, so my meat salad doesn't need to be just like the one you had at Thaitanic when visiting the nation's capital.

    Ironically however, I'm cooking more at home thanks to CoronaVirus, just not posting about it.

    meat salad (Thai Lahp):


    TBH I could use a break from gear chat forums. I hardly play at all anymore. I'm finding zero joy in it, mostly because of my sore arm that just won't heal.
  12. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses

    I NEED to do that... the politics and mask discussions are starting to make me really dislike some people I used to like. And its getting more and more difficult to stay out of arguments. I honestly think at this point that I get nothing positive out of Facebook. I can't even use the musician networking excuse any more... at least not for the time being.

    On a positive note, I did start changing my habits. I've been writing first thing in the morning as opposed to checking my FB feed.

    Anyhow... here for the added inspiration :) .
  13. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Left FB way before the pandemic. It's used as a public restroom, something I can happily do without.
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  14. I DO think it is inherently evil. The entire purpose is to collect and share your data.
    If the product is free YOU are the product.
    Can it be useful? Yes for bands, organizations. Overall FB is a cesspool of uninformed " look at me" posts.

    My kid's mom uses it with no concern and creates(like most on FB) only cringeworthy material. If I had a dollar for every ignorant, wrong "fact" she found on FB, I wouldnt have to pay her a dime in support- we would both be multi- millionaires.
  15. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
    Zuck: Just ask
    Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
    [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
    Zuck: People just submitted it.
    Zuck: I don't know why.
    Zuck: They "trust me"
    Zuck: Dumb f**ks

    Instant messages sent by Zuckerberg during Facebook's early days, reported by Business Insider (May 13, 2010).
  16. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I rely on it for mis-information, conjecture, conspiracy theories, links to you tube videos by 'experts', mis quoted quotes, sourceless reporting, and kitten pictures.
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  17. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    "What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility."

    "But it is much later in the game now, and ignorance of the score is inexcusable. To be unaware that a technology comes equipped with a program for social change, to maintain that technology is neutral, to make the assumption that technology is always a friend to culture is, at this late hour, stupidity plain and simple."

    Neil Postman - Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business.
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  18. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    OK... so I have to vent now... :)...

    I don't care if people share their thoughts and opinions on FB. That don't bother me none at all, even if they're ridiculous.

    What gets me going it the hate every spews at all those who don't agree with them. Its not just about them having opinions, its that anyone who disagrees is a moron, an idiot, and a bunch of other words we all see daily but I can't write here because they have political overtones.

    Believe what you want. Post things to support what you believe. But quit bullying others, making yourself look like a fool, and act like an adult. Tons of "anti" everything. Very little "pro" anything. Seems attacking others and attempting to make them feel like crap is the way people think they're winning today. Putting other people down makes them feel superior.
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  19. Beersurgeon


    Jul 16, 2010
    I took a break from FB about 3 1/2 years ago.... I don't miss FB for a single moment.
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  20. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    I hope that doesn’t refer to me.

    EDIT: Because I PERSONALLY find FB to be a strong net minus FOR ME.

    Of course I can put up a list of feel-good pros about FB. There are many pros and some are compelling.

    But to be fair and balanced I’d have to include the negatives as I perceive them. And strong they are. To ME. The scale is not balanced. Nor am I for that matter.

    “How dare you hate FaceBook!” Seriously? :-/

    “How dare you criticize a TalkBass user who likes FaceBook?” I don’t believe I did that but if it did I deserve to be called out. Wouldn’t be my first gaffe here. Probably won’t be my last.
    Last edited: May 26, 2020