Unfriending Facebook, Ctd

Readers add to a recent thread: I’ve been enjoying the discussion over Facebook, but I haven’t yet seen anyone point out the value of interaction with near-strangers or people with whom we greatly disagree. Some of the people in my “friends” list hold distinctly opposite political views. As a left-of-center liberal, I’ve got a nutty … Continue reading Unfriending Facebook, Ctd

Unfriending Facebook, Ctd

A reader pushes back against the Facebook defenders: There’s something distinctly unfriendly in requiring people to participate in your chosen broadcast forum in order to participate in your life, rather than reaching out to them individually. It’s like that older aunt who sends out a form letter once a year to tell you all about that … Continue reading Unfriending Facebook, Ctd

Unfriending Facebook, Ctd

A reader defends the site against earlier criticism: Today is my 73rd birthday, and I’ve been having a tremendous Facebook birthday party. Admittedly, there are some “friends” who sent me e-mails, and there have been a few phone calls and a few mailed cards. But by and large, the acknowledgment on Facebook has been one of … Continue reading Unfriending Facebook, Ctd

Unfriending Facebook

A decade after the social network’s launch, Nicholas Tufnell has given up on the site, explaining that “there’s something about the relentless happiness of people on Facebook that I find monstrous”: Everyone is apparently always somewhere better than I am and what’s more, they’re having a brilliant time.  My life is not like that. In … Continue reading Unfriending Facebook