- I understand two types of social interaction: one-on-one and many-to-many (a community of about 100). FB is neither, since my "friends" are broadcasting to me and many other people I don't know. FB updates, photos, etc. are put up, but there's no clear way of knowing who sees what and what they think about it. Broadcasting is not social. (Blogging is different, because the relationship -- writer to reader or among commentators -- is clear.)
- FB is often Fakebook, a place where people create their perfect version of themselves. That's not an issue per se (we all like to see our best sides), but this exercise can get out of control, so that people spend more time living in an imaginary world and less time face-to-face with people who see them in all their dimensions, good and bad.
- People who say they are "Facebook friends" (with air quotes) are often really acquaintances. Friendship takes time, but FB makes it easy for people to deceive themselves, to think that they have a friend when they really have a connection to a profile with photos, jokes, and so on.
- FB's business model is broken and ethics are shallow.
- I barely have time for face-to-face, email and blog communications. If I can only go to FB once a week, then why bother?
- This is the third time I have quit. Although some may say I'll be back, like I was before, I say that there's a reason for my rejection of FB, and third time's the charm.
Bottom Line: FB does not serve my social needs, so I go back to what works. Drinks anyone?
* This long explanation is not meant to be egotistical. It contains my thoughts on this social phenomenon, one in which I was a participant for 3 years...