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Are you a Facebook creeper or participant?

  • January 8, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 6 Comments

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I have often been accused of always being on Facebook.  Yes, I admit it, I am a tad addicted to this form of social media.  I guess it boils down to my curious nature, (aka being a sticky beak!) and the fact that I love being social.

I have also been accused of putting too much crap on Facebook on occasion which I must protest.  I believe that most people, like myself, are really sticky beaks and like to know what other people are up to.

I love hearing news of births, engagements, graduations and weddings.  I love looking at people’s holiday snaps and family portraits.  I also love some of the funny and inspirational quotes and sharing them with my friends.

However, I don’t particularly want to see what people are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner and know what they are doing every living minute of the day! I also get annoyed with people’s obsession of posting continuous status updates and selfies.  I am interested in seeing where you are and what you are wearing but just not ten times a day!

The experts are saying that our obsession with Facebook can be a sign of narcissism.  Posting large amounts of information on your profile page can be perceived as narcissistic by others. Studies have also revealed that using Facebook is associated with jealousy, social tension, isolation and depression. Endlessly comparing yourself with peers who have doctored their photographs, amplified their achievements and plagiarised their bons mots can leave Facebook’s users more than a little green-eyed.

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So I guess like anything in life, moderation is the key.  Although I often have Facebook open on my computer, I only check it a few times during the day and sometimes when I am busy only once a day.  Because I have a Facebook page for my blog, I usually like to check this page more than once a day to respond to comments and messages.

What annoys me the most with these self-proclaimed “I don’t go on Facebook much” people, who in reality are trying to tell you that they are either far too busy or too important to look at it, is that they do!  They sneakily go on Facebook and creep on everyone’s pages and maybe ‘like’ a few photos or status updates, but they refrain from putting anything on about themselves.

Who are they kidding? Why bother having a Facebook account if you aren’t going to be a participant? They are really just stalking other people.  It is a form of voyeurism!

So for all of you Facebook “I’m in denial” people, I would prefer it if you didn’t knock other people for using it.  It has so many benefits such as, keeping in touch with loved ones who are interstate or overseas, it can be used as a promotional tool (i.e: my blog), and can be used as a free form of advertising if you have something to sell.  I also think it helps with self-esteem when people post a nice comment on one of your photos or posts.

I am proud to say that I embrace technology in all forms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn. It has helped me immensely with my blog and has got me back in contact with people I haven’t seen in ages.

My name is Kathy and I am a Facebook participant.

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By 50 Shades, January 8, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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6 Comments
  • Johanna
    January 8, 2014

    Excellent Kathy! I’m always surprised how many click throughs I get from Facebook but never know who people are … I’d love it if they would just say something … reveal their true selves and gorgeousness … I love hearing what people are up to, as we have friends all around the world from our perpatetic lifestyle, and without Facebook they would have all gone AWOL a long time ago!

  • Kathy
    January 8, 2014

    Jo I think a lot of people are very skeptical when it comes to putting themselves out there on the net, so refrain from participating. It is a personal choice, but it annoys when people say they don’t use Facebook and they bloody well do! I love Facebook and like you, would love it if more people left a comment or two.

  • Julia
    January 8, 2014

    I think Facebook is like most other things ,it has good and bad points..it is terrible when some people use this form of communication to advertise their hate for another,no matter if it is a politician , a celebrity..or anyone!I think Facebook makes it easy for some people to voice their opinionated negative ,often untrue rants about another that they would never have the nerve to say to that person’s face : (

    • Kathy
      January 9, 2014

      Julia, I agree wholeheartedly with your points. People do use Facebook in a negative way at times to hurt others. I remember voicing an opinion on a subject once, only to cop abuse from someone I didn’t even know. It certainly taught me a valuable lesson! Thanks for dropping by.

  • Nic
    May 2, 2014

    I’m a fifty something who has wondered about the way some of my friends use fb but are apparently paralysed when it comes to interacting. I recently wrote and recorded a tune about it which you might get a kick out of called “Facebook Creeper”.
    https://soundcloud.com/nicyown/facebook-creeper

    • Kathy
      May 3, 2014

      Ha ha, too true! I think it is more than from misunderstanding the concept of fb rather than being afraid to put themselves out there. Thank you for dropping by.

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