As Facebook celebrates its 15th anniversary, it is coming into controversies on all sides: political, psychological, social, and more. Thus, Jack assembles a panel of youth to discuss their own experiences with Facebook and how it has affected them. They also reveal their thoughts about the site’s effect on themselves, their peers, and society as a whole.

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  1. JosePluma Thatcher

    So, the person who spends so much time on social media that she hasn’t even met the host who lives in the same neighborhood thinks that us old people are naive?  I’ve had 60+ years of experience recognizing media bias.  I figured it out in my twenties and turned off “Tim” Brokaw and the rest of network news (and most of the rest of television).  When MyBook and FaceSpace came around, I took one look at them and realized they were time-wasting, puerile garbage.  Twit, Snap, and Gram take those features and up them exponentially.  No, being a Twit doesn’t make you refine your thoughts; it’s not the same as a sonnet.  All it does is shorten. Your. Attention. Span.  It makes you unable to appreciate or even understand complex arguments.

    Here’s an an idea:  Get off all social media (even Ricochet) for a month.  Force yourself to actually interact with real people IRL.  Maybe talk to some of us decrepit elderly folks about our lives, not what you think is important.  (Spoiler:  Whatever is trending on Twit is not important.)   Try it and report back what what you learned.

    Of course I know this is not going to happen.  I reached the 140-character limit a long time ago.

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  2. bill.deweese Coolidge

    Jack and Co.,

    Interesting discussion to listen in on.  Firstly, at 53, I am clearly no millennial, but I started on Facebook in 2012.

    I tend to eschew these rediculous generational labelings.  Generalities are generally true, but raising four kids from (who at present range in age from 19-30), I’ve dealt Boomers, X’ers and my children’s various labelings and have tried blend in with them in the general areas from music to cultural phenomenon.   So, I say that to say, I don’t necessarily see the rather artificial notion of being too old or young for a given Social Media model.  The better question is what is functional and how deeply you want to participate in it.

    For me, I see Facebook as being better actually as it is more conducive to discussions and connections.  Now you may not want to be connected and engage, but it does put a dent in the anonymity, which is the key to the craziness.  The anonymity of random Twitter users and the general pseudo-anonymity of the “shout-into-the-abyss” nature of Twitter, coupled with the fact that simple negative metrics like “Ratio-ing” are built around a depreciation of actual conversation, make it wholly unattractive to me.

    I think a healthy pattern for Facebook consists of:

    1.  Minimize Anonymity.  Don’t be a friend collector.  Make sure your friends on FB are largely FIRL.  BTW This is why Ricochet works!!!

    2. Use Groups for topical engagement as the real power in FB is in the Groups.

    3.  Be proactive in self-curation of your news feed.  Deal with “Fake News” by Likeing reputable news outlets and judicious Snoozing of those that share posts from janky news sites.

    If you don’t want to connect or discuss then enjoy the fiasco and random nature of human interaction.    I’ll pass.

    Thanks for another good podcast discussion.


    Bill DeWeese

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