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okay, so on a previous post I stated that I do not live in sin, an acronym for "social interactive networking".

Social interactive networking is incredibly popular. Probably the largest social interactive network by far is Facebook. I do not belong to Facebook. There are many reasons I do not belong to Facebook, or one of the many others sin networks.

For starters, interacting in a forum like Facebook will consume huge amounts of time… Before you know it you have friends upon friends upon friends… A huge ever-expanding circle of friends. And even if you rein it in, your friends have friends and so it just keeps going on. That brings me to my next point, the privacy thing. Even if you have all your privacy settings on, the friends that you do have will have friends and inevitably some of the content that you post will get shared with those friends. So privacy? Not happening. Sure, you can exercise more control and try to police things up, but that just even eats up more of your time.

Social interactive networks are also used as a platform for anyone to express their viewpoint. It goes without saying that not everyone's viewpoint is everyone else's viewpoint. Ergo conflict. On a site like Facebook, you will get a huge cross-section of the public and it will vary from one extreme to the other. Extreme against extreme will create particularly nasty and venomous dialogues. Sometimes these are legitimate, often times though they are just a means of baiting people and pissing people off. As the saying goes, "don't feed the trolls". There's a reason they live under bridges, or in their mother's basement, etc. and yes, it's obvious that depending on the social interactive network policies and controllers, certain viewpoints will be judged more critically, and who gets to post what will not be an equal ground.

social interactive networking is certainly nothing new. It most likely has been around as long as there has been a language… It certainly precedes the computer. Some of us are old enough to remember partyline telephones… Although that was more of an eavesdropping situation, in it's own strange way it provided a means to create a social interactive network. We can all think of many other examples.

So how to conclude this? My social interactive network is this trailway forum. It's the only online forum that I belong to. I enjoy it a lot, and yes it eats up a lot of my time… Social interactive networking is somewhat addictive. I guess if I wanted to conclude this with one main point that point would be that any social interactive network that you belong to will have its themes, rules, and biases. Almost everyone who uses a social interactive network knows this, and knows what to expect. Oh yes, and one should always have the saltshaker handy, the proverbial grain of salt… Nuf said, :cool: m.
 

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So if you belong to fakebook you are sinful.
Sinful, an acronym for "social interactive networking full of luv".

Phelonius, that is an entirely different type of "Interactive" site. ;) m.
 

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I refuse to use Facebook for many of the same reasons the OP stated. I am, however, on Twitter, because I've made a lot of friends there. I'm also very aware that everything I say is public so I try to make sure everything I say is as offensive as possible. :p
 

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Oh, I love all the "sin"ful stuff....facebook, twitter, instagram, etc, the list goes on..
How else is everyone going to know how great I am? And how will I know how messed up the rest of the world is?!?!?!?
Besides, facebook comes in really handy around the holidays to know which personality certain family members are bringing to the party....
Are they the poor victim who needs everyone to understand how horrible their life is?
Are they are righteous God fearing do-no-wronger who thinks we are all going to hell for not going to the same church as they do?
Or maybe they are going to be the PTSD suffering, bipolar, multiple personality, pot smoking vegetarian who starts drinking at 11 AM, so I should make sure that I have plenty of celery, alcohol, and soothing music when they show up.
So you see how important it is? Without social media I wouldn't have anything to measure how great my life is or to know which of my friends or family members have completely lost their minds...
OK So maybe I'm being a bit facetious.
I do have a facebook page but I spend way more time on this forum than I do on facebook. If family members (other than the Admiral) were on this forum I'd probably have to leave.
 

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I refuse to use Facebook for many of the same reasons the OP stated. I am, however, on Twitter, because I've made a lot of friends there. I'm also very aware that everything I say is public so I try to make sure everything I say is as offensive as possible. :p
I resemble that remark :rolleyes: Hoot Sez: "If I can't piss off at least one Liberal a Day, I consider that Day Wasted" ;)
 

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OK So maybe I'm being a bit facetious.

No she's not!


If family members (other than the Admiral) were on this forum I'd probably have to leave.

Yes she would because...see the answer to above statement.

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As my old West Virginia buddy would say, sounds like Ms. Admiral is a "hard dog to keep under the porch"! :D
 

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Mrs. Admiral, Far from facetious I believe you touched on many of the useful things that a social interactive network can do!

Even though I am obviously biased towards sin like Facebook, it most certainly has it's very useful aspects & functions. I would be willing to bet that almost everyone here knows of someone who was reunited with their lost pet via the use of a social interactive network. That is a beautiful thing, far from the other extremes that occur.

Snap-Chat seems like a next logical step in the evolution of the social interactive network. There will be more.

I realize that I have gone into somewhat of a diatribe, or at least at length about this subject. To admit, I find it fascinating. My niece & I have been discussing this topic at some length, maybe I'll make a documentary about it someday... :director2::director: m.
 
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