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Just read this article from MENS JOURNAL and while I haven't used FB in over a decade, reading the article re-enforced my stance that it just isn't for me.

7 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook in 2015

Ten years ago Facebook was just cresting as the cool new social media site that helped you keep in touch with the people you didn’t actually like in high school. We fed it our thoughts and feelings, shared our meals and locations and our top ten movie lists, kept it up-to-date on our relationship status, political views, favorite links, and personal information — all in the name of staying connected, and all without a thought to our security. But with a decade of questions regarding how Facebook makes money now answered, and a general understanding of how sharing information online can be dangerous (while the platform constantly updates its security protocol), we continue to use it anyway, even though many of us are just checking in as ritual and have threatened our exit from Facebook for years.

Of course, screen time in moderation is, for the most part, perfectly acceptable, and social media can offer a few genuinely beneficial uses. But before you log in or tap that app on your smartphone again, here are a few reasons to quit Facebook in 2015.

It Wastes Your Time
It's estimated that the average casual user (17 minutes per day on Facebook) who has been active on the site for 10 years has wasted upwards of 40 entire days of their lives scrolling and liking and commenting on pictures and posts. And more engaged users, who spend at least an hour a day on the site, have clocked 150 days feeding the Facebook beast during the same time. Think about how long you spend on the site each day, and what else could be a more productive use of your time.

Facebook Uses You to Sell Stuff...
In 2012, the site manipulated posts from 689,000 accounts without consent in an experiment that examined whether or not it could affect your emotions by making a few edits on your page. The study was done, according to Facebook, to "improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible." Skeptics think it was really used to discover the monetary benefit of a Like. COO Sheryl Sandberg later apologized, adding that they "never meant to upset you."

And Targets You with Advertisements
One time you wanted to buy a thing, and then you searched for that thing, and six months later Facebook is still reminding you that you should think about buying that thing, even if you already bought the thing. Yes, most sites do this thanks to embedded cookies, but only Facebook seamlessly posts these ads in your timeline with enough regularity that you can only assume your friend has an odd obsession with the latest Norelco razor.

It's Bad for Your Health
Facebook isn't just a harmless website dedicated to cataloging your vacations, poor wardrobe choices, and myopic thoughts on sporting events (which can both define or destroy relationships), it can actually do you harm. Studies hint that it can impact your immune system and inhibit the release of growth hormones, impair digestion and vision, limit thinking and kill creativity, and affect sleep patterns and happiness.

"Who Are These People, Anyway?"
The average adult has 338 friends on Facebook and probably doesn't know more than 10 percent of them anymore, or at all. Many of them likely have new lives, some have new last names, new passions, new facial hair, and new humans they're now responsible for keeping alive (read: babies). These are not the friends you knew, and semi-casually keeping up with them is a waste of time that could be better spent with new, real friends. Or on Twitter.

"But I Don't Care About Privacy"
Fair. That's your right. But the problem is that we're setting precedent for the future without yet understanding how it will affect the free and open Web, and simultaneously creating an internet that relies on you having a Facebook account to access sites that are not Facebook. As one of nearly 1.2 billion users to date, odds are decent that your account won't be hacked by someone with ill-will toward your family. That doesn't mean that permitting easy access to your information goes without consequence, both immediately and decades from now.

Nothing You Post Actually Matters
Very few people care what you're doing, whom you're with, where you're eating, or what you just bought, and the people who do were probably right next to you when you did it. We all saw that funny Ice Bucket Challenge video, and if we didn’t see it, it's fine. We're all fine. You'll sleep well without knowing which childhood toys you owned are now worth a fortune, and you will absolutely "believe what happened next" on Upworthy, because someone took time to write about it. These articles only exist because you share them on Facebook, and you only share them because they exist. So, instead, just invite a friend over to talk about how much you both loved Save By the Bell. The internet can only take so much nostalgia.

Now... while it is true that some of these things could be equally said about forums like ours, I far prefer forums for a few reasons.
1. It's all about the Content, Not specifically the User. I'm not here for the personality contest. Yes... we have plenty of large personalities but they shine through in conversations and you can take 'em or leave 'em.
2. Because it's highly specific... the info I post here is far less likely to be found or used against me (as someone who went through a divorce/custody hearing and literally had my FSB posts copied and attempted to be used against me in court... this one is HUGE!!!). I won't even get started on the idea of employers asking to see your social media page... as ridiculous as that is, it's part of society now. FSB... nobody cares about what you post up here, other than your FSB friends. :thumbup
3. Searchable Database: Another huge score for the forums over standard "social media". For finding specific information about our rigs... there simply is no replacement for the searchable forum structure.
4. People burn out... yep, it's true. We all greatly value the informative participants on the forum but realize some may no longer be getting the value as seems to happen when one moves from the participant receiving and learning from others to the one always sharing and giving the information or you have always been on the giving end because of your expertise when you joined. It is the cycle of all forums. The experts give and give and get worn out. Sad to see and lose valuable members but so thankful for the many years of wisdom and information shared.
5. and my final thoughts... many FSB'ers have become like family to me over the last decade. I've gotten help with my Bronco, with my F250 and even with my Harley a time or two. On top of all the money savings from that great help and being able to DIY, there's the donations I received when I truly needed them and the donation drives used to help others who were in need. This place is like a family... not just a bunch of people I don't know "friending" me because we crossed paths in grade school or at some job where I never really wanted to be and one of my last little favorites... having my comments weighed and measured by the amount of "likes" I may have gotten or not. If someone likes what I said... they can comment or quote or they can just laugh and move on. What a concept!


Anyway... just some thoughts to spark the conversation. Again... I'm not a FaceBook user, so I'm probably just full of sh!t anyway. :toothless
 

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Very convenient database for cataloging by the NSA. They could only dream of something like facebook making their job this easy 20 years ago.
 

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I took the bait now I think I'm on FB more than FSB. I didn't even have a FB accout until a couple years ago.
 

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I'm on Facebook, started using it in high school after the myspace fad (can we call it a fad?)
I don't live on it like some people do though. I rarely comment, can't remember the last time I posted. FB is a very small part of my daily online routine. Check FSB, Craigslist, Youtube, then Facebook, somewhat in that order. I take everything I see on Facebook with a grain of salt ( I think I'm using that right), Being cynical means I see right through what people post. I can tell when people are trying to use FB as a crutch for their ego/confidence/whatever.
 

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Never been, but for some reason I hate it. Everybody I know is on it. That's same reason I don't drive a bow tie; cause everybody else did and does.
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I love FB. It might not have affected this forum but FB has killed 90% of the forums I'm on. I think that's largely due to the average age of the users here which is a little higher than say, a Honda forum.
 

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I treat Facebook like 7-up, I never have and I never will.
 

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[email protected]#k Facebook. I've never been one for pop culture and the more people tell me I need a Facebook page the more resistant I become.

I do take great pleasure in the looks I get when I inform someone that don't have a Facebook page.?
 

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I like FB.I don't use it much for socializing.There are a lot of antique tractor "clubs" on it.Buy, sell,get help for problems.This on top of forums out there helps a lot. As far as the government looking.......I don't give a shit.Let them look.As with the targeted adds,just because they're there doesn't mean I have to click on them.Just like FSB,adds are there,I just choose to ignore them.
 

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we have ads? :goodfinge
 

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good grief everyones taking Facebook too seriously. If it ****ks your life up then YOU made it do that ! I think Facebook is as dangerous as a Pine Cone.... nice to look at just don't shove it up yer butt-
 

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I use FB, I follow a bunch of pages and post on those pages to try and help or just read for a good laugh. I don't post random stuff a every hour like some do. It's also good to keep I touch with friends I don't see much because they have moved away.

I can see where the people who spend every minute on FB have issues with other users.
 

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we have ads? :goodfinge
FullsizeBronco.com is the premier Ford Bronco Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

Must have.The internet says we do...............:goodfinge
 

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Never have, never will.
 

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Its a gossip site for chicks.

Didn't have one back in college, when only college kids were allowed to access.

Won't do it now...
 

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I had it for a while, found it annoying, killed the account.
 
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