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Come to think about it, I’ve been without Facebook for more than a year now. Do I feel like a social recluse?  Not really. Do I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot? Not really. Do my friends find me annoying? Some do (or maybe more than I’m aware of), because they now have to make extra efforts to send me emails or text messages.

However, that means I usually get the important news and my brain has more capacity to deal with more pressing matters. It does mean I have fewer friends though, because I definitely don’t have 200 people keeping me updated on their most recent ups and downs on a daily basis.

Another thought that I find amusing by not being on Facebook is the fact that some marketing campaigns with a Facebook element reaches a wall when they hit me. The fact that I don’t have a Facebook account means that I can’t join XYZ on their Facebook group, nor can I ‘Like’ that shiny something on a website. How does that feel? Fantastic! Not sure if I’m missing out on anything though.

Still, there are things which I’m definitely missing out on such as photos taken by friends and families during weddings, childbirth, holidays etc. I usually don’t get to see much of those unless someone can be bothered to send me photos by painfully attaching them to emails. It’s the price I have to pay for not being on Facebook.

Funnily enough, some people have confessed that it’s a love hate relationship with Facebook. You can’t live without it, but it doesn’t make you feel great all the time. Some exercise moderation, some use it for keeping in touch with very specific ‘groups’ of friends and/or family members. Some think it’s a waste of time and got rid of it. What do you think?

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  • Richard – Accessible Web Design says

    likes this – ha,ha.

    I haven’t used Facebook for months now and haven’t really missed it.

    11 February 2011 at 12:17 pm

  • Pedro Duarte says

    well, after reading this … I come to a conclusion that your text is something “1 year without smoking” or “1 year without drinking alcohol” …

    But I must admit, there are tons of addicted-to-Facebook people that I really can’t understand. Usually I go to my facebook twice a week, when I remember and to post something interesting, like articles, videos that have some kind of interest … I don’t go there just to say “Going to the bathroom” or “It’s raining …”

    Facebook is taking people’s idea of “socialize” to a virtual world… and this is not good! People now have more pleasure smiling to a computer screen than to other people… and that’s plain weirdness …

    11 February 2011 at 4:30 pm

  • Vickie says

    I suspect you now spend more time doing what’s important instead of looking at what’s put in front of you (by Facebook).

    I’m slightly jealous as I’d love to try life without Facebook, but as I have a Facebook page and an application, this sadly isn’t an option :(

    14 February 2011 at 3:13 am

  • Olivia says

    Love Webcredible for having the guts posting that feature!

    Facebook is a soul killer but nobody wants to admit it. Try Blindness by Jose Saramago, it might work.

    16 February 2011 at 9:15 pm

  • Lee says

    My kids signed me up on Facebook and the same day my two best friends from high school found me (I’m in my 60s). However, that was months ago and maybe I have been back on my page 5 times. I prefer the face to face contact with people, but my kids are computer geeks, cute mind you, but beside themselves when they can’t get on a computer around the house. By the way, your website is super!

    24 February 2011 at 7:47 am

  • Alan Sloan says

    I have been pretty much without Facebook now for almost a year, I still have not one but 2 FB profiles and loads of friends I have never met, spoken to or for the most part have no idea who the heck they are! I joined them to my friends group because at the time in my FB virginity I thought it was the done thing if someone was nice enough to say I was nice I should be nice enough to add them!

    Life I have found is entirely possible without FB no more do I get people messaging me telling me to do something in their farmyard of whatever the heck it’s called………………….no longer do I get Mafia mobs turning up talking bilge to get me to interact with them.

    FB is for me personally entirely worthless anyone who is really truly a friend in my lists I keep in touch with by emailing or calling them, if I have picture I really want friends to see I mail it to them, I found for the most part that unless a shark is about to eat me in the sea at Malta for the most part my friends really don’t care about seeing my holiday snaps. Only the other night in the pub a friend got totally dis-interested on my Stonehenge day trip after about 5 frames on my camera and rightly so, he wasn’t there he didn’t enjoy the things I did with the person I was with that day so why would he be interested.

    FB for me is like those infernal digital picture frames forcing you to watch a slide show of someone’s wedding or holiday that you barely know whenever you go into some people’s houses………………these things should be banned and any out there destroyed by the state! FB is an online version of them and I for one am happy that I no longer play a part in it!!

    Bah Humbug!

    1 March 2011 at 4:12 pm

  • Linda Mitchell says

    The biggest growing group on FB is women aged 45+.

    So why is that. Its not that we have nothing better to do, most have us have jobs and families and other activities that we are involved in.

    For many women its a way of keeping up with what other family members are doing, especially if they are interstate or overseas.

    A lot of women also use FB as a bit of light relief, a but of fluff and nonsense and somewhere to vent when we are really jacked off about something, like the person that cut us off on the freeway or the hassles we have to deal with on a daily basis.

    Some like to play games but others like to get involved in causes and to spread the word on topical issues.

    It can be a time waster and maybe for some its a way of filling a void in their lives. There’s a lot of lonely people out there. But if FB helps people to feel connected and better about themselves then isn’t that a good thing. Better something like FB than using drugs and alcohol as a prop.

    Aside form all that though, most women in that age group are simply time poor and FB is easy, its quick and its convenient. We can log in on our smart phones while waiting in line at the supermarket or on our PCs while on the phone to somebody else and we can be having a running conversation with someone while doing something else.

    Yes, I could live without FB but I think its here to stay in one form or another whether we like it or not. But we do have a choice and its really up to each one of us to decide how we want to use FB or indeed if we want to use it at all.

    2 March 2011 at 5:00 am

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