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Do you wish Facebook would go away and never come back?

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, accused of many not-so-nice things, like mining its members’ personal information and feeding them stories they like to read, whether they are true or just another conspiracy theory.

We know from previous surveys that many readers do not participate in social media of any kind, and many of them are especially turned off by Facebook.

What about you? Do you consider Facebook friend or foe? Do you hope it continues forever or that somehow it goes away?

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Rusty
6 days ago

I use FB to keep in touch with family, friends. I scroll past the political rantings, the Tow Vehicle and Rv accident postings where the numerous experts are rapid. I like the Rv and travel related postings even keep some of the links for future road trips. If in the end Fb went away; so what.

Michelle
7 days ago

I use Facebook strictly for communicating with friends, sharing photos, updates on life’s happenings, etc. Political stuff is not something I discuss with most people on or off Facebook – politics is a private thing for me. When I see posts, personal or shared from other sites, that make me uncomfortable, I delete them and block the site. Also, those dang advertisements – I also block them and use the tool to stop them from coming back on my page.

Walking into Facebook with eyes wide-open, for me, has been a healthy choice, which allows me to enjoy it. I have fun sharing silly humor, good feeling posts and communicating with my friends. It is not the main tool, but Facebook has become a lot of fun for me, once I learned how to block (literally) out the negative and focus on the positive.

Bob
7 days ago

Facebook is the enemy. Yes it should go away.

Bill
7 days ago

Anytime there is someone put in charge of another’s comments it becomes pretty evil. No one should decide what one can say- ever. That was one of the reasons our founding fathers came to America.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Well, yelling fire in a crowded theater is still frowned upon. You can’t go into a restaurant and start swearing real loud, or on an airplane. Private businesses are allowed to maintain civility and decorum, and I seriously doubt the founding fathers would disagree.

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www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com
7 days ago

The same things take place on rv forums as well. why would I want to be part of a social network that is all conservative or all liberal? How boring. I prefer open discussion from all sides. Not only is it interesting but also a learning experience. Sure there are things on FB I don’t care for so I just scroll on by. I’ve met people from all over the world, some rvers as well. FB marketplace, as well as groups, are great places to find products, services, places, and people.

chris
7 days ago

I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve had an ‘open discussion’ with anyone of an opposing view. It’s always angry insults and name-calling.

George Niles
7 days ago

I think you should follow up on this with the demographics. I’m sure it comes down to young versus the old.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  George Niles

Statistically, maybe, or maybe it’s just RVers.

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David Lastoria
7 days ago

Why does everyone feel, act like they can’t survive without Facebook? What ever happened to writing a letter? Making a phone call? Facebook and Instagram are way too nosey and intrusive, they want to, and will find out more about you than you realize. Protect yourself from social media.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  David Lastoria

I’m guessing you don’t text either.

John Koenig
7 days ago
Reply to  chris

Texting on tiny keyboards is an ordeal (at least for me). Add “Spell Check” and even simple messages can “go south” quickly (although some are funny). Like texts, there is usually NO CHARGE to make an actual phone call. Instead of playing “ping pong texting” a short phone call can get both parties ALL the information they are likely to need, often in only 30 seconds. Texting often requires MULTIPLE texts (and all those texts STILL may not get the job done). I actually witnessed one case where a text took FIVE DAYS to be delivered!

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Texting is free, and doesn’t suffer the dropouts of poor signal, as in “could you repeat that?”. It’s especially handy in noisy environments like casinos where you just want to tell someone where you are. And I’ve never seen a text take 5 days, unless it was coming from a no signal area. But if you prefer voice, that’s what you’ll do. It’s just that so many people do not anymore. And then there’s always the fun of voice mail tag. Verizon’s voice mail is so annoying where the nice lady takes about 30 seconds of explanation of the call before I can actually get to the VM. A text is right there, right now.

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Neal Davis
7 days ago

I enjoy Facebook’s availability as a repository for photographs. I can see what my actual, real-life friends from the past and now do. Similarly, I can show them what I do. It has shortened the miles between me and many who were once important parts of my present and now are important parts of my past and how and who I became.

Sherry
7 days ago

Facebook has definitely been a personal tool to control conservative thinking or comments. And it is in the control of ONE PERSON. I will add, from personal experience, that the majority of its advertisers are from China and the goods they are advertising are so poor in quality and not anywhere near what is photographed that I don’t any longer buy any product that is advertised on Facebook. My experience with this junk started in the first wave of COVID — a fact I find fascinating. Shall I say I strongly suspect a hand in hand arrangement. I do.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  Sherry

I’m on FB every day, and I see “conservative” posts all the time. What they are trying to control is misinformation about Covid and calls for violence regarding the “stolen election.” FB doesn’t want to be taken over by radical and violent extremists and lose most of their audience. They’re trying to maintain some semblance of that most elusive commodity, the truth. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

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CLeeNick
7 days ago

When Facebook kicked me off for a month due to my support for the then President of the USA, I knew I was done with Facebook as far as using it for any serious communications with family and friends. They blocked my ability to post anything, and even blocked my ability to send private messages to friends and family members. That made Facebook utterly useless to me. One thing they didn’t block was my ability to delete, so I spent that time removing over a decade worth of personal content, and now only post political stuff and anti-Facebook memes, and that only rarely. I’ve tried getting kicked off again, to no avail. Apparently they are only interested in blocking support of one particular, now former, US president. One humorous side effect of deleting all of my content: They no longer know what to try to sell me. The resulting ads for oatmeal, baby formula, and hair coloring are pretty humorous, given the context.

I now use MeWe.

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Nancy Shouldis
7 days ago
Reply to  CLeeNick

I decided to never use FB for friends family etc. Only use it for the groups that I associate with on subjects/hobbies pertinent to me. However that is also getting on my nerves. What is MeWe? I support our former Pres, wondering if perhaps MeWe is a more conservative or at least non woke cancel etc platform?

CLeeNick
6 days ago
Reply to  Nancy Shouldis

MeWe is an alternative. It’s pretty small compared to FB, of course, and it’s been difficult, to next to impossible, to get friends and family to make the switch, but it is, at least for now, quite “wide open” compared to FB. There are groups that so far meet my expectations…lots of RV and camping groups, for instance. I collect and restore old kerosene lamps and old tube radios, and there are groups for those. Hunting and firearms are well represented, without the fear and restrictions of FB. Lots of politics from all sides, so plenty to see and read, and I’ve not detected any interference from MeWe itself. The only negative I can see to the situation is that for some it may be a bit ribald, as there is very little to no censorship from MeWe itself…that’s left up to individual group moderators, if they choose…and some don’t, so one never knows what they might see or read. I don’t mind it..I figure as an adult I can choose, rather than have someone choose for me..but even I’m surprised from time to time.

Daycruiser
7 days ago

Never had a Facebook account and never will, Wife got rid her account after all the political stuff got fierce and somebody in China kept trying to hack her account threatening to post nude pictures of her all over the internet. I told the hacker to post them if he had them cause she and I both wanted to see them (hacker disappeared). Facebook is evil and your kids are sucking up everything on it.

Vincee
11 days ago

Facebook, its sister company Instagram, and just about every social media company out there are the bane of today’s society. They have far and away gone beyond their original purpose of “keeping family and friends” connected.

Today social media plays a huge role in our politics and elections, lifestyle choices, decisions, and peer pressure on youth and control many of today’s messages without regard to repercussion or give a darn on the effects of society.

The Mark Z’s of the world just keeps getting richer and richer and richer using your information Bob Palin without regard to you or your “Friends” list privacy.

chris
7 days ago
Reply to  Vincee

Seems to me FB is a medium, not the message. It’s the people on there who have abused it, and then blame FB when they get called out for it. Some go as far as wanting the government to control it, while at the same time hating the government. People have changed in the last 5 years.

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Bob Palin
12 days ago

The more I see the results of these polls the less I think that RV people are my people. Facebook is great, why on earth would anybody want it to go away? If you don’t enjoy it don’t use it.

chris
12 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Shocking, isn’t it?

Michelle
7 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Thank you! 🙂

Pat
13 days ago

I use Facebook to keep up with friends and family only. I pay zero attention to any other content.

Ronald Duncan
14 days ago

I just send out an e-mail to everyone I want to update . that way I can control who gets what ( no dirty jokes to my cousins ) and don’t have to be bothered by all the ads and junk .
As Facebook is using your data to make money you are working for them for free. If Facebook payed me to use it maybe I would.

Lonnie
15 days ago

I have a button in my machine that enables me to bypass matters I don’t consider worthy of my time, both left-sided and right-sided viewpoints don’t have enough time left to be bothered by vile spewing, disagreeable people. I use the site for my purposes.

DL Jenson
14 days ago
Reply to  Lonnie

Exactly! I also unfollow people who spread the hate. Love keeping up with family & old friends

Thomas
15 days ago

Should have another choice – I don’t care one way or the other. I use it to keep up on those I graduated from high school with 55 years ago but I don’t otherwise use it much.

Facebook is like many other things – if I don’t like them I don’t use them. Life is too short to get upset about what someone else is doing that doesn’t affect me.

Pat Brown
15 days ago

My husband and I don’t like Facebook except to keep up with the animal rescue organizations. As to family and friends, we know things about them now that we wish we didn’t and see them in a very different light. It’s a shame. We have befriended almost all of them.

Bob Palin
12 days ago
Reply to  Pat Brown

We have befriended almost all of them.”

Why would you do that if you don’t want to know about them?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
12 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

I think Pat meant “unfriended.” 😉 Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Bill
15 days ago

Facebook has a serious amount of bad issues, but Facebook makes it possible to stay connected to family. That makes the disgusting platform worth using.

Jeff Craig
15 days ago

I like many things about FB, but I have no issues with doing away with it being a publicly traded company (same with Twitter, Alphabet, etc…) whose goal is money over people. They should also only allow verifiable, (i.e. corporate, .edu or .gov addresses – no fake or ‘sock puppet accounts) and they need to moderate their content. I like being able to stay in touch with groups I’m in and friends I don’t get to see, but I am done with the lies, hate and vitriol that they allow to be spread.

Nick
15 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Jeff – I disagree with your request that FB moderate their content. FB is preventing “free speech” and anyone who disagrees with the main stream media or the current progressive agenda gets their posts scrutinized and sanitized by “Fact Checkers” (who are anything but). It’s a slippery slope, but when people use FB to share ideas -we shouldn’t be silencing people just because you disagree with their political point of view.

chris
14 days ago
Reply to  Nick

If you want unadulterated unhinged “free speech” try Mike Lindell’s Frankspeech.com. I guess it’s still up.. I don’t know, but it’s gotta be a haven for right-wingers. If you’re lucky maybe Mike will stop by with the proof the election was stolen.

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Tom
14 days ago
Reply to  Nick

It’s a Private company, get over it or go back to sleep

Wayne
12 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Nick your comment gave evidence of your political preference.

Bob Palin
12 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Who is going to pay for all this moderation you want?