Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Foursquare. Social media apps we all use everyday, right? But there’s one of these things I can’t stand, but check anyway. Can you guess which one?
I am so sick of Facebook, yet I spend a disgusting amount of time scrolling through the same old new stories and advertisements on my Facebook feed. Billy got engaged. Mary is having a child. Bobby got a job and Joe just posted another picture of him doing a kegstand at an overrated frat party.
I constantly ask myself why I spend so much time on a site with little to offer me. I no longer find interest in the content and I don’t particularly care for the features Facebook has to offer me.
But I can’t quit.
Here are some reasons why I feel I have to stay:
1) Photos- Although Instagram is a central place to share photos, Facebook is a better place to share a group of photos. I’ve personally seen the number of albums people create steadily decline, but it’s still convenient to upload a group of photos to Facebook and organize them nicely into albums. This type of organization is something that Instagram has not yet been able to master (nor does it have to in order to be successful).
2) Event planning – I won’t lie, I do hate getting event notifications on Facebook. I don’t want to be invited to events because you lost your cell phone or because you want me to take your survey for your class. However, creating events is still a major advantage of Facebook over other social networks. I recently created an event for a friend’s birthday party, and every attendee was able to talk in one central location about plans for the party. Such a task would have been more frustrating to work with in a large group text message or another social platform.
3) Work/School – Classes I’ve taken in college and jobs I’ve had throughout my undergraduate career have utilized Facebook in order to post announcements, share ideas, and collaborate on work. In one particular instance, students were forced back on Facebook just to keep up with the classwork and receive information about the class. If I wasn’t on Facebook, I was missing out on school and work.
4) Like it or not, it’s still a major social network – This is probably the biggest reasons I haven’t quit. Although I’m sick of it, my best friends are on there and if I want to check out their profile, it’s right there. One of the disadvantages is that not only am I there, but so are the hundreds of people I’ve randomly added over the years. Path had it right, a small number of people allowed on your profile is better.
While lots of people have quit and commented that they’re just fine without Facebook, I still see some of the value of the site. Excuses like “you can just text me if you need anything!” don’t replace the uses I still find in Facebook. Although I’m sick of the repetitive news, there’s no social media site that can do everything Facebook can do – and that’s scary in itself!
Have you quit Facebook? Why or why not? Share in the comments below!