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Has Facebook been good or bad for your social life?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 31, 2010

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“I think it’s been mostly good, not everyone that I am friends with on Facebook is my real life friend … sometimes I hide them, but I do approve them.”

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“Neither because the people that I know and talk to on it are the same people I know and talk to in real life.”

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“I’d say it’s been good for my social life because there’s a couple of friends I have gotten closer with from high school that I wouldn’t have gotten back together with if they hadn’t found me on Facebook.”

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“It’s been about the same, hasn’t changed much. I don’t talk to any more people than I do normally.”


RoeDapple 7 years, 9 months ago

Most of my facebook friends have me blocked. The rest I suspect are law enforcement. So far the tinfoil hat and the lead shielding have protected me.Mom brings me sandwiches. It's dark down here. Lucky for me I can type without looking at the keyyeses.

nobody1793 7 years, 9 months ago

It's been great. I found out that nobody2591 and nobody 9421 are pretty cool people. I had to unfriend nobody666 though...he kept sacrificing goats on farmville.

ruette 7 years, 9 months ago

So what's with asking only the youngsters? I'm 60+ and FB's gotten me back in touch with people I haven't seen for decades,...and I'm catching up with them! Love it!

IndusRiver 7 years, 9 months ago

Facebook has been the page or whatever from Hell. It needs, I don't know, a mother and a father or God on its side. Maybe it just needs to be mercy killed today sometime, I don't know. All I know is that it drives me crazy.

God made the man who made Facebook just to f with me. That's what it is.

dogsandcats 7 years, 9 months ago

Bad because instead of doing things with people, now I just play all of my 38 facebook games. Not farmville though, I boycott that one.

beatrice 7 years, 9 months ago

My only encounter with Facebook is if I fall asleep while reading.

Calliope877 7 years, 9 months ago

Twitter bites. I prefer "friends" over "followers".

Flap Doodle 7 years, 9 months ago

The lemurs have more facebook friends than I do.

SLOPOKE 7 years, 9 months ago

ALL SCAM!! Can't trust all, sniches,con's ,instegaters,cops,you name it..The internetgetto.......And a Few good hearted hoomies,that are'nt aware as, ( s o m e others..)

Linda Aikins 7 years, 9 months ago

Both. I've made contact with friends and family from the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back. BUT I have also accidentally hurt someone's feelings by something I posted and felt really awful about it.

But I have had fun with it. Some really funny people on there.....:)

notajayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

I only recently joined Facebook, mostly to keep up with a couple of relatives (it's easier posting new pictures of the kids in one place rather than e-mailing them to everyone separately). Since then, I have caught up with a lot of people I haven't talked to in a while - my latest Facebook friend is someone I haven't seen in 33 years. But does that translate into a social life? I just got back from a visit to the town where I grew up, and despite lots of contact with some of those old acquaintances online, the only person I actually got together with in person was someone I would have seen with or without Facebook. There have been a lot of events I would like to have gone to, but I'm 1500 miles away and generally can't just show up.

So I guess it depends on your definition; if by 'social life' you mean having a bigger list of people you can send messages to online or having the latest news on someone's hemorrhoids pasted to your wall (with a text-message notification), then I suppose it's been good. If you mean 'social life' as actual interaction between more than one human being, then it hasn't made a darned bit of difference.

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