Why Do People Love to Hate Facebook?

Ian-Fortey by Ian-Fortey on Mar. 31, 2014

People hate Facebook.  Most people do, anyway.  94% of teenagers use Facebook and, according to a Pew study, they don’t even like it.  We now live in a world in which people don’t know how to not use Facebook, as tragically stupid as that sounds.  It’s a cause for stress, frustration, social anxiety, anger, bullying and misanthropy.  And, in 10 years, it has made itself mostly indispensible to a certain subset of people in the world.  What people?  Good question.  Let’s find out if you’re one of them.

Thirty percent of adults in the US get their news from Facebook, a statistic that hopefully just sent a shiver down your spine.  22% even think Facebook is a good place to get the news, potentially oblivious to the fact they’re only seeing news Facebook deems worthy of sharing.  And what kind of news do these people like?

  • 73% of news consumed on Facebook is entertainment news, that subsection of the news that barely earns the name and lets you know who Miley Cyrus is having sex with and how Gwyneth Paltrow chose to leave her husband; the kind of stuff people with souls will never care about.
  • 65% of news is community and local news, because people like to know what’s happening outside without having to look outside.
  • 57% of news is sports because yay sport.

On the other end of the spectrum is the kind of news people on Facebook don’t like to see.

  • Only 39% want international news, because understanding what Russia is doing to the Ukraine and Crimea is hard to do.
  • Only 37% want science and technology news because no one dropped out of school to keep learning shit about science and technology.
  • Only 31% want business news, like stories about how Facebook manipulates and exploits you.

Facebook fosters a community of basically superfluous information, as if that needed to be said.  Actual news is rarely shared while fluff pieces, memes and goofy pictures are the most shared.  Because those actual news stories are so rarely liked and shared, the Facebook algorithm will squash them like bugs, ensuring only the fluff pieces get pushed through your feed.

While Facebook was the cool, new way to reconnect with people back in 2006, in 2014 your mom is on Facebook, your teachers are on Facebook, your boss is on Facebook and now it’s just a way you have to watch your back 24/7 instead of during business hours because everyone you know can see what you think and do and like.  Saw a cool lesbian vampire movie?  Better not have your Netflix linked to your Facebook or else grandma will see it.  Think your boss is a dick?  Better not vent online because he’s going to be reading it when he gets home, too.  Also, don't check in as Mayor of Chipotle if you called in sick, Facebook will share that too and sell your ass out.  All you can reasonably share is crap no one wants to know.

So basically Facebook offers you nothing of value and you’re having to mind your step because literally everyone you know is on there as well.  It’s a den of inconvenient stupidity. Worse, Facebook has plans to expand internet access to the two-thirds of the world that has no internet access via the use of drones and lasers.  That means people in Third World Countries who have limited access to clean water are going to start sharing terrible 1st World Problem memes until they actually get how awful they are in context.

The most terrible recent development of all in the world of Facebook is its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus towards the end of a future in which we can hang out in a virtual environment with our friends.  You know, instead of hanging out with our friends.

Does anyone want what Facebook offers?  Do you want to have virtual fun with your friends?  Do you want pre-screened news about celebrities and local events instead of what actually matters in the world?  Do you want your mom reading about your relationship status while you edit your language so you don’t offend anyone?  Hell no.  No one does.  And yet, according to Facebook numbers, there are 1.23 billion active users every month on the site.  That’s more than one person in seven. 

Amanda Hess, a writer for Slate, once said ““Facebook is the living dead: the most popular, least relevant social network where teenagers and adults alike gather out of fear of missing out on things that don’t even make them happy.”

You’re on Facebook because everyone else is on Facebook.  And you hate Facebook because everyone else is on Facebook.   And it’s never going to change until everyone starts moving away and not letting Facebook dictate what we see and how we interact with friends.  You know, the way everyone did it for all time before Facebook existed.

28 comments
John Braun
John Braun

i love facebook so much...i love letting the government know what im doing 24/7 365....potato.

D.j. Chibante
D.j. Chibante

I bet even the people who claim to "hate" FB probably still uses it

Lee Aalderink
Lee Aalderink

No matter what you say or do in this life there is always someone that will abuse it

Jimmy Nikolaou
Jimmy Nikolaou

Mabe because there are gay stalkers and looking to destroy young lifes .. just like they did to some i know ....

Christy Furr-tm
Christy Furr-tm

Saying "You're on FB because everyone else is on FB" is like saying "You're in a car because everyone else is" and "Let's go back to walking because we enjoyed it more, and it made us more connected..." ROFL!

Anne Reeves Todd
Anne Reeves Todd

Oh good night, even the Daily Show is more news worthy. smh At least fb is better than MySpace.

Mickels
Mickels User

People like FB because they are narcissists, I know this because I am smart, they hate it because it is a stupid waste of time, not like this posting here and they use it because for some reason unknown to anybody it was the new MySpace and we all had to switch or end up talking to a hole in the wall.  People don't go to FB for news, they go to see Memes their friends posted or to see which friends posted on their memes.  I'm sure one day G+ will take them out, but for now they suck too.

SUPERGLUE345
SUPERGLUE345 User

I like to stay informed so I get my news from t.v. .... yeah apparently there is a plane missing ...  and obamacare sucks ... and that's pretty much it

Guaranteed-Success-505
Guaranteed-Success-505 User

73% + 65% + 57% + 39% + 37% + 31% = 302% Thats 202% more news than I think is actually possible in a world but what do I know I got my education from MyspaceU.

Joe-Keller-187
Joe-Keller-187 User

Please do be telling me about the terrible Facebook in which you guys post regularly to and have a share button on every video to Facebook.  Facebook isn't terrible... The people who use Facebook can be Terrible...

BlankTitanic
BlankTitanic User

I was on FB back when it was new. Most people had no idea what it was. Then I started to realize how bad it is. Have not been on in years. No problems as a result.

Bagualx
Bagualx User

All i take from this is that brake have a lot of mother issues...

COHockey
COHockey User

Not to mention their dear CEO needs to keep his big mouth SHUT about immigration... dumbass doesn't need to compete for jobs like the REGULAR GUYS.

garrison213
garrison213 User

"73% of news consumed on Facebook is entertainment news"

Its because reading about other peoples problems distracts the reader from making improvements to their own lack luster life. This would also explain why they are on site in the first place. Facebook is a false perception of reality and the web of socialization. Human beings are emotional entities and this is not how nature intended them to communicate. Ultimately, this type of awareness needs to be known and the program needs to be shut down. The systems growth is only contributing to further degradation of the human mind and removal of personal freedoms. (i.e. government and consumer tracking). If people start not using the program it will go away, simple as that (see. Myspace).

coolingtower1024
coolingtower1024 User

Facebook used to be friends and their news in your feed.  Now, it's getting more and more suggested pages and garbage advertising.  People quit email and started using MSN/Yahoo, etc., because of this.  Quit MSN for MySpace, and quit MySpace for Facebook.  Quit cable and HBO for downloading movies and other media.  Advertisers think they're "getting through to consumers", but they're actually damaging their reputation.  I won't buy anything I've seen advertised, because if I didn't ask for the advertisement it doesn't seem legitimate to me.

TommyJJD
TommyJJD User

I got news for you kids. I signed on to facebook when you were still in grade school and not old enough to join. Now you're on Facebook and (big ffreaking surprise) you're unhappy. I don't care. I was here first. You don't like it? Go play someplace else.

Steve58547579475
Steve58547579475 User

In addition to all of Break's other failings they can't do math either.

BlankTitanic
BlankTitanic User

@COHockey  Tell the giant American corporations to stop hiring illegals. Problem solved.

yomacau
yomacau User

Facebook and other mainstream media are extremely powerful means of keeping the public occupied with garbage so they don't see (notice) what ACTUALLY is going on out there and used as fast and effective ways of polluting public opinion with clouds of more garbage in order to cover TERRIBLE events about to happen but out of the interest scope of very powerful corporations.   @garrison213

yomacau
yomacau User

yes it takes some education to understand the percentages shown. They are not meant to be added though. Just a hint  @Steve58547579475