The issues with Facebook
There are a multitude of reasons as to why I personally don’t use Facebook – although it must be emphasised that these may not apply to everyone. Most of my friends, despite having accounts, use Facebook for little more than stalking people or receiving invites to large events. I haven’t suffered personally for not being able to do either: I spend enough time procrastinating on social media without the lure of scrolling through my second-cousin’s holiday in 2012, and if people wanted to invite me to events then they would generally just ask me elsewhere. Young people like myself have a far more prominent presence on platforms like Snapchat and Instagram – and consequently there is little point in spending time on “social” media where very little socialising would occur.
Facebook’s older user base also generates a fairly formal atmosphere; on a site where you are connected to both family and work, it is hard to maintain a laid-back attitude, and inevitably ends up in either embarrassing yourself or self-censorship. The concept of sharing details of my life to a room full of acquaintances, colleagues, and extended family would not appeal to me in the real world, and I personally don’t see the difference between doing this on or off-line. Facebook’s ‘Friends’ system merges all three categories into one, and culminates in an awkward culture of oversharing, which wouldn’t occur in real life.
One too many platforms
I have also found that, despite spending so much time on it, I don’t really prioritise posting on social media – it incurs far too much hassle when painstakingly editing photos, cultivating a theme and then intelligently captioning them. My Instagram updates occur once-a-month at best, and although I’ve had Twitter for over two years, I have yet to post an original tweet. The idea of adding yet another app to stress about just doesn’t appeal to me.