Has Facebook made the world a better place?

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When the subject of Facebook comes up in conversation, you get the idea that while some people love it, others detest it. There is no doubt that Mark Zuckerberg’s college creation — initially designed to rate Harvard girls for his fellow classmates — has changed society.

The question many of us ask is, “Is that good or bad?”

What do you think? Is the world better off because of Facebook? Or not. Please feel free to leave a comment.

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Carl

Sure, FB makes it easy to stay in touch or reconnect with folks, it also provides an unfiltered medium by which half truths and untruths can fly with equal energy as truth. It is often a great waste of time. Not to mention the “phishing” opportunities it provides and the fact that it’s subscribers are the “product” for those who profit financially from “the book of faces”.

Bill

There are a great deal of positive benefits that has come from Facebook and other social media.

Connie

I like the idea of the private pages, but I haven’t stayed on FB long enough to figure out how to set one up. So, no thanks.

KellyR

The ONLY “social media” I enjoy is RVTravel.com. I do no care at all what someone had to eat, or what they saw at the Grand Canyon, or quite frankly, almost anything., If you have a new grand kid, call me or write me a letter or email if you really care about me. My wife decided she thot she needed a smart phone so we got a inexpensive one. One night she got a text stating “did you enjoy your diner at Steak n Shake?” The next day was a text, “did you have a good experience at Joann fabrics?’ What the heck? We turned it off and took the battery out – who was following us around? A friend found some sort of GPS thing or something on the phone and removed it for us. Only stupid people should have smart phones because they seem to like to video their crimes and let the cops know who they are and where to find them.
Sorry for the soap box and if you like your social media that is fine with me. Don’t ask me about cable TV. OH, I’m not on Face Book.

dee

This is the first survey that I was totally at a loss for how to respond. Yes, I like FB and I’m on it daily and have located lots of lost friends. I also have a private FB page for our RV’g that is shared with family and close friends only. BUT, I wanted to answer No because I hate the fake news and the politics and the way it has divided family and friends. I have defriended a number of people because I don’t care to have their political views shoved down my throat. What happened to the era where we didn’t know or care what political affiliation you were? I look forward to the day when a new medium will replace FB.

Have you also noticed in the last year or two that the younger generation does not use FB? The majority of users are the baby boomers.

Brian Burry

Sadly social media, including Facebook, has been abused and is easy to abuse. What people say and do and come back to haunt them the rest of their lives, unfortunately over 30% of police candidates fail their background investigation, because of their activities shown on Facebook.
We got off Facebook and Social Media eight years ago and have never regretted doing so.

Debbie

I love the connection with family & friends. Hate the political CRAP

Jerry X Shea

Prior to Facebook your daughter could not share a photo of your granddaughter/son right after she took it. The places you went, the things you did and even the food you eat could only be seen by sitting down and watching a boring slide show or passing around a photo album. Our kids and grandkids can follow our travels and we can see what they are doing thanks to Facebook. If postcards and letters are your form of communication in 2019, then YES, you really are old. Are there negative sides to FB, hell yes, but connecting with family and friends out weighs those negatives.

Daphne Rashall

I think Facebook is an asset for the following reasons. It allows reconnection with long-lost classmates and childhood friends, many pets are returned to their owners through Facebook, calls for help for local families in need, easy avenue for neighborhood news to be disseminated, etc. I think the positives by far outnumber the negatives.

Deb

Overall my answer is “No” but I enjoy the family and friends aspect. Since we are on the road most of the year I am able to keep up with what my family and friends are doing no matter where they are. I tend to ignore most other postings.

Tim Bear

Facebook started off as a medium to help people keep in touch with friends – you know, like people USED to do in actual person. But upon seeing the connectivity and potential of expanding their efforts, nefarious and criminal and unscrupulous individuals, organizations and governments began using it to multiply their MISinformation. And hackers to spread computer malware. Me do Facebook?: no thank you!

Stu Hill

All social media is worthless. Just a bunch of spineless people making negative comments about people that they don’t have the guts to say to their face.

ReneeG

I say it’s true because I’ve been able to connect with friends and family that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to.

Rich

FB is a cesspool. why? any organization that runs a poll of users asking whether “men seeking boys” ads

JBC

Facebook or lack of effective regulation regarding interactive technology? Unfortunately, the horse was out the gate before we fully started understanding the impact of Information Technology. We still do not fully understand it’s capabilities but it is clear that a resource developed to ‘help’ humanity is running us, we are not running it.

Bob Neal

I have no doubt Facebook will take a beating in this poll. The simple reason is most RV’ers are of the age that they were young slightly before the computer age, and therefore unlikely to utilize or understand the benefits offered by computers, smartphones, or Facebook. At least that is my experience with many friends my age. As for me. I’m retired and travel frequently. I winter in the South. Daily I post pictures of things I am doing. Daily my children post pictures of things they are doing. They see the places I see, as I see them. They see the food I eat while I am still eating it. I see the same for them. I see my grandkids school activities and friends. They see people I meet. We communicate several times daily, perhaps not by voice, but by word and thought. Going past family, I have reconnected with many classmates and past friends via Facebook. And I keep in contact with new friends I have made. Yesterday one friend happily posted pictures of his new RV, and I got to see it the day he bought it, all from a thousand miles away. I could go on but it would be redundant. Facebook can tear people apart, yes. But used correctly it can also bring family and friends much closer together.

Joe Bret

I think Facebook has made the world a worse place. It has reduced privacy and allowed others to become stalkers or vent their anger.

Captn John

I tried FB once for about a month. Found the site mgmt. very political biased. Realized quickly what a huge waste of time it was. Was I to have sympathy for the grandmother of someone I did not know that was constipated. The biggest time waster in the world.

Pat

I don’t think Facebook has made the world a better place, nor do I think it is totally worthless. I restrict myself to friends and family and it is always fun to see and hear what they have been doing.

bounder

Have never used facebook and likely never will.