I heard this phrase recently, and I wasn't sure if I should've been pissed off or laughing my ass off.
If you look down at my contacts here on InkBunny, you'll notice I don't have a Twitter or Facebook. This isn't because I'm trying to keep it secret, and some Google-Fu might uncover my top-secret Facebook page; no, I literally don't have a god damn Facebook.
I've heard the term "Facebook Generation" applied mostly to the current generation of youngsters ,but I've also been the recipient of comments like "Oh, but it's you and your generation, always on Facebook and stuff!"
Now, the entire idea of a "Facebook Generation" is embarrassing. Amongst my closest real-life friends, only one of them has a Facebook. Meanwhile my mother has one while I prefer to keep away from that shit. It takes only a few minutes of browsing on Facebook or even pulling your head just a little out from your arse to see that there is no generation that uniquely uses Facebook. Every generation is using it.
And as always, if you discount asshole teachers/parents spying on teenagers' pages and the like, it's usually the adults managing to get in trouble with it.
Now, I admit there could be some useful benefits from social networking. The big problem is, they don't outweigh the negatives. A lot of people have no idea the sort of shenanigans that Facebook gets up to, and even Google pulls out an amazing dick-move now and then. These are companies you're throwing reams and reams of private data at and the assholes do not give a smeg about you.
But as bad as, say, a stranger easily accessing your cell phone number is, nothing compares to writing that one embarrassing update, that one humiliating photo, and then it's not only impossible to delete in any reasonable amount of time but... well, who cares? It's never getting deleted. Twitter "tweets" are recorded by the fucking Library of Congress permanently. There's just no reason to keep a permanent, public record of the shit you do. I might one day open an account, but I don't really see much use for it -- if I want to stay in contact with someone, we'll have each other's god damn phone numbers.
Especially since Facebook tracks the websites you visit, and InkBunny interfaces with it.
Yeah, so imagine your lovely aunt deciding one day to browse your favorites gallery on that cutesy art website you're always on...
7 years, 5 months ago
05 Mar 2011 01:18 CET