Facebook can be safely considered one of the biggest social media applications of all time. It is a world in itself! It is as enjoyable, as it is scary.
Most teens get on to Facebook due to peer pressure and popular opinion only to get stripped away from their identity. On Facebook, everybody seems to live for everybody else. The barrage of likes and comments on your posts and images seems to talk more about your identity and life than the ideals that you hold dear. But who is to blame? Children sign up on Facebook at an age when they understand nothing about the world.
Apart from all the things that make Facebook lovely, there are avid haters of the application who force us to see the reality amid the farce. So here are 10 reasons why we tend to hate Facebook.
Facebook ads seem to have a life in itself. It must have come to your notice that, they understand you and appear at the right place and at the right time. Sometimes, it downright creepy!
These advertisements are in fact an invasion of privacy. As per popular debate, Facebook collects an enormous and significant amount of data about our habits, behavior, and personality to box us into individuals with different needs and desires. This precious information is then used to coax us into buying products by showing advertisements that interest us.
- Fake news
This here must be the most cringe-worthy thing on Facebook.
Facebook is an application where most of the content is user-generated. According to Google, there are about 2.6 million users on Facebook. Out of these, a good majority of them are capable of spreading fake content to entice the viewers. These contents cannot be trusted because they aren’t verifiable or transparent.
However, the scary part is when such content is shared and liked endlessly leading to uneducated opinions and chaos. These situations have ruined people’s lives in the past and continue to do so even today.
One of the most celebrated aspects of Facebook, when it came into being, was its Anonymity. The veil of anonymity was one of the most powerful weapons for people who otherwise did not have a voice in the real world. But soon enough, this anonymity became a curse.
Over the years this anonymity has led to harassment, stalking, crime, and other forms of abuse. This is because people live in the misconception that it is not possible to find the real identity of a person on the platform. While they forget that if human beings have created something, they for sure have the key to unlock it.
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- Hate speech
There is a rise of hate and hate speech on Facebook that is unparalleled to other platforms. This is due to the sheer freedom and lack of responsibility of people on the platform. Hate speeches are often directed to celebrities and popular personalities who bear the brunt of unsavory judgments and insecurities dominant in people. Such hate speech has been condemned by the law, however, forms of it are still persistent on the social media platform.
Empathy is a trait that the world of Facebook seems to lack.
- Overload of feed
The popular Facebook feed has been generating hate for the platform quite recently. And how would it not? The feed is flooded with recommendations and content that one finds pretty baseless and uninteresting. It can be boring and frustrating to scroll endlessly through the feed and come across nothing that you would want to read, share, like, or comment.
Moreover, it can be disappointing to find only random friend requests, unnecessary birthday reminders, and the like.
- Feeling of discontent
It is very common to come across the celebrated lives of other people close to you or otherwise and feel a pang of discontentment with your life. The heightened need for images and posts to be unrealistically perfect and happy can seem tiring to many. The futile comparisons that one makes with the lives of others without knowing their reality and what happens behind the glitz and glamour can lead to adverse turns in people’s lives.
The debate on privacy is never-ending and frankly can never be emphasized enough. In 2016, Cambridge Analytica shook the world for its notoriety in using millions of data of Facebook users in favor of Donald Trump in his presidential campaign. This was the moment which led users to rethink their privacy on the social media platforms, altogether.
Even today Facebook has not managed to gain that trust back.
- Quality of relationship
This is a notion that has become more prominent over the years, that, spending a greater number of hours on Facebook tend to reduce the quality of our relationships. This may be due to the simple fact that, there is a clear lack of intimacy in the relationships on Facebook. The other reason could be because Facebook has become a dystopian world where users rarely share their real emotions. Rather they are often trying to live up to a standard of life and pretend to be liked.
- Constant pressure
Many would agree to the deteriorating mental health of users on Facebook due to the constant pressure to increase their friends and followers on the platform. It is a different game altogether when it comes to likes and comments.
People constantly report feeling inferior to others on Facebook because of the lack of likes that they receive which they treat as a general lack of acceptance. In many cases, this has increased the pressure among millennials who in turn experience loneliness and depression.
- Uneducated opinions
One of the most troubling aspects of Facebook is undoubtedly the fact that it is filled with people who bring impulsive opinions to the table. These opinions and judgments aren’t made with a well-read perspective but are only a scam to improve their engagement on the platform. People resort to popular opinions which may be contradictory to what they believe in, just so they could be a part of the herd.
Some of the most exasperating among them are “progressive” men speaking about feminism and woman’s rights just because that is a heated topic in today’s times.
Being on Facebook can be enjoyable if we keep a healthy balance of the amount of time, we spend on it and try not to live up to its standards. It is also important to identify and reflect on one’s self-worth and achievements and be confident of oneself and to not fall into the endless pit of insecurity.
A quick tip to survive the Facebook world is to be cautious of the friends and followers you associate with on the platform. If you are smart enough to do the latter, you have made it!