Why I am not on Facebook (or Twitter)

Why I am not on Facebook (or Twitter)

I often have friends ask me why I am not on Facebook, since they all are.  They are constantly updating their profiles, and commenting on their news feeds.  They also complain a lot about other users violently disagreeing with them on Facebook, and doing so using nasty language.

Well, I am a 67-year-old woman, and pretty conservative in my outlook and opinions.  I don’t take kindly to being figuratively spat on or ripped to shreds.  I subscribe to the internet newsletters of Kim Komando (yep, that’s her real name!), and she often has articles about the goings-on at Facebook.

Like THIS, very recently.   Or THIS from a couple of months ago.  If you go to your favorite search engine and enter the words Facebook and Danger, you get millions of hits.  I acknowledge that most of the dangers of Facebook are to young people, but I’m really not anxious to have my identity stolen, or every internet move tracked by a social network.  Experts have listed in profusion the many ways that you can be harmed by Facebook.

Update on May 11, 2016.   As told by some former Facebook employees, the social media site deliberately suppresses conservative news.  We have suspected this for a while, and many of my Ricochet friends have anecdotal evidence of this.  Now, everyone is aware that the techies in Silicon Valley are heavily liberal and intolerant.  This is just more evidence for this.  One more confirmation that I am doing the right thing in avoiding Facebook.

And, aside from all those dangers, I simply am not interested in sharing every little thing about my self and my life.  I don’t think that all of my friends (real friends, not Facebook “friends”) are interested in knowing what I had for breakfast yesterday, or where I am at this exact moment (which is why I’m not on Twitter either). There are still parts of my self that are mine alone, and not public knowledge.  In my world, there is still something known as privacy.  There is still something known as shame.  Many young people seem to have lost all sense of shame (which is why you see people voluntarily posting naked pictures of themselves online), and when they are “exposed”, they simply shrug it off.  Not me, not now, not ever.

Shame, Shame, Shame from Institutions this week

How low can you go?  In two separate incidents this week, institutions of higher learning and technology, BOTH of whom purport to support the values of Inclusiveness, and Tolerance, and Free Speech and expression; brought shame and ridicule upon themselves.  It never ceases to amaze me how Liberal institutions can engage in despicable behavior, treating their own employees and honorees like scum, in the name of “Values”.

So what kind of Values are demonstrated by a well-respected tech institution, Mozilla, demanding the resignation of their newly-appointed CEO for contributions he made SIX YEARS AGO to the campaign in California for Proposition 8 (a constitutional amendment defining Marriage as between One Man and One Woman).  Brendan Eich is a hero, and his firing after only two weeks as CEO, was a disgusting display of backwardness.


So what kind of Values are demonstrated by a well-respected institution of higher learning, Brandeis University, who dis-awards an honorary degree to a genuine Heroine, for “statements” she made?  Brandeis is a Jewish-oriented University, whose values supposedly include academic freedom, free speech, and openness to all religions and points of view (which has not been true of most such institutions for 50 years).  Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a genuine heroine to all women, and a true fighter for Liberty.  The Faculty, Students, and Staff of Brandeis have brought shame on themselves for their disgusting actions.

It makes me sad and angry that the Libs who run so much of our country have behaved in such awful ways.  A business and a University have demonstrated the destructive influence of Political Correctness on our society.  This will take a lot of “cleaning up”.