USERS ABANDONING FACEBOOK IN DROVES – A number of reports are claiming that Facebook lost over 11 million users last month alone from both U.S and the UK.
There are of course a number of reasons why the mass exodus appears to be occurring but the main reasons appear due to concerns over privacy, addiction and with a smattering of complete boredom.
There have been countless studies that show an unhealthy rise in the amount of time people are spending on social networks, such as Facebook. These reports have led people to re-examine their lives and more importantly the amount of time they spend online.
The internet and social networks have certainly helped us to stay in touch with our friends and family members. It also helps us to reconnect with lost family and friends and ultimately allows for the making of new friends and even love.
However there has been a number of damning social studies that strongly indicates that we are becoming detached from one another; it’s got to the point where our very social skills of face-to-face interaction is being threatened as we lose the ability to ‘personally’ socialize.
On the other end of the spectrum there are growing concerns about privacy. With the explosion of Edward Snowden’s allegations that the U.S Government was spying on people by gathering personal information from the likes of Facebook and Google it is little wonder why people feel threatened.
It all basically comes down to trust and understanding what privacy measures are in place to protect the user.
Whilst Facebook and indeed Google continuously try to reassure us that there is no Government spies crawling their users data this is being taken with a pinch of salt – in other words the internet giants are not trusted.
It wasn’t that long ago that Eric Schmidt, CEO Google, made a public statement to the effect that if users didn’t want the Government or Google to know what people are doing then they had best not do it in the first place.
That statement sent shock waves around the internet and made many online users sit up and consider the dangers of posting so much personal information online – it basically is tantamount to privacy suicide where anyone could get access to your personal information.
It could be said that the likes of Google and Facebook have extensive Privacy Policies that protect the user however, how many users ever bother to read these extensive documents?
The truth here is that very few people bother to read the privacy policies and for very good reason… they wouldn’t be able to fully comprehend them if they tired.
We live in a world that is controlled by the lawyers and each day vast reams of laws are created in order to control us that little bit more. With the continuation of creating laws comes complexities and unless you are a trained and qualified legal beagle then it is most unlikely you will ever fully comprehend the privacy policies of either Google or Facebook.
It is a fact that people generally fear what they don’t understand and therefore with all the online privacy concerns flooding the internet it is little wonder that people are deleting their Facebook accounts; for they simply do not understand the complexities and therefore are taking the only sensible option – deleting their accounts.
Facebook over the last year has taken a bit of a public beating over its privacy policies but alas Facebook really doesn’t have much of a say. Government legislation has forced internet companies to create almost ambiguous reams of text and in doing so fuel users fears that they are somehow being manipulated.
On a less sinister note there are those users who are simply bored to death of the drivel that is posted on Facebook. I have to admit I love my friends dearly but I have no interest in the color of their shorts or the contents of the bows.
For me Facebook is merely a tool to list the articles I write and apart from the odd ‘Hi, hope all is well’ that’s about all I get up to.
I guess I spend less than 15 minutes in total a day on Facebook and it’s because I, like a growing number of people like me, simply have no interest in the trivial ramblings of others… yeah, it could be said the same for this article. :)