Sunday, January 06, 2013

No TV, no Facebook - yep, I'm an elitist. (Snark.)

Apparently someone from my alma mater, and a few other people, now say it's "elitist" to quit Facebook, or not be on Facebook.

Seriously?

I am in charge of social media at work, and it serves a purpose - it helps our organization connect with people we might not otherwise connect with.

But I don't have my own Facebook or Twitter accounts, and I don't plan to. I talk to people I want to talk to, and they know where to find me. No offense to people who do Facebook or Twitter. I can see how it would be of value in some cases. I had dinner with a writer friend last night and actually encouraged him to use his Facebook account to do some of the marketing for his e-book.

But not having an account makes me an elitist? Isn't it more elitist to assume (like the professor from my school did) that people have the means and access to smart phones, computers, etc., to sign up for Facebook in the first place? (Mind you, I don't know anyone who has a Facebook account and can only check it at the library.)

Someone quoted in the story said she'd miss out "on probably 75% of invitations to go out" with friends if she wasn't on Facebook. I think that's pathetic!

Am I old-fashioned, or just getting old?

And for those of you who watch the story, I don't watch TV either, so apparently I'm just a real snob!

What's wrong with books, music, workouts, cooking, hanging out with friends? I wonder.

27 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I had a FB account and canceled it after 2 months because it was a major time-suck that gave little value in return. I keep in touch with my friends the old-fashioned way and it works just fine. So if not having a FB account makes me an elitist, just call me Marie-Antoinette, bitches!

Birdie said...

I hate FB but I do have an account so I can keep updated on pictures of my nieces. The reason I hate it? After my mom died people thought it was OK to write condolences on my wall. That would have been fine but send a fucking card as well. Or at least an e mail. No, I got none of that. I got a "sorry about your mom" on my wall. In my opinion FB keeps us out of touch and not in touch and the world did a better job at connecting before FB.

The Elephant's Child said...

No Facebook here. No twitter here. As little TV as I can manage (the skinny portion is an addict. I am quite connected enough. I can be found if people wish to do so. And no, I wouldn't have thought I was an elitist snob either.
Sadly, there is a drop-in centre for the homeless on my way to Lifeline. I am told that a LOT of them come in, not to get breakfast, not to have a shower but to check their FB. Sad. And from my dinosaur perspective, bad.

DWei said...

I'll be honest, I only have Facebook to snoop on other people's lives and then mock people I find stupid.

Waste of time or fun pasttime? Your call.

Claire said...

As you know, I gave up fb last year, and then signed up again - mainly for Junior League stuff and baby/kitty pictures. I think my biggest thing is I just don't find fb enjoyable. Twitter and blogging add to my life - whether it's sharing ideas, articles, clips, whatever, or getting to work on my own writing, but fb is a timesuck. So I pop on for five minutes a day, tops. And sometimes ignore it for days on end. :)

I don't think it's elitist at all to not have an account, however - surely with the myriad ways we have to stay in touch now we are able to simply choose which ones we prefer?

LL Cool Joe said...

I don't have Facebook or Twitter either, and never will. I can't see the point in it. I see my kids Facebook pages and scratch my head at just how superficial and boring it all is. I know it sounds awful but I have no interest in looking at baby and pet shots from members of my extended family.

Oh and I don't watch tv at all. Although I am sitting down once a week with my youngest daughter to watch Miranda with her. More as a bonding thing than anything else.

Lynn said...

I do have facebook and go on it once or twice a day to keep up with what the kids in my family are doing. Some of them post pictures, etc. And it's been a great way to reconnect with old friends I had lost touch with.

Twitter is somewhat entertaining, but I don't find I have time for that, too. I have an account, but don't tweet. I pretty much follow the tweets of people I admire (but again, rarely see the tweets.) :)

Granny Annie said...

I am a crowd follower. My blog, Facebook, Twitter and now Pinterest. Being stranded at home with all of our health concerns, these social networks give me a link to the outside world.

Rock Chef said...

Yep, you are an elitist snob...

Not sure I feel worthy enough to read your blog now...

OK I am over it!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Was the person who told you this a hipster? "Elitist" has to be the most hipster word I've heard.

I have Facebook because I'm an author. It helps reach people who might want to read my books, and nothing more. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have it, and I'm amazed how many people I see with their noses shoved in their phones reading Facebook posts all day long. Go outside and ask someone how they're doing! It's like Facebook, only 3D and interactive!

Cheryl said...

This is just one of the many things that I am conflicted on. I have both a FB account and a Twitter account. I use both on a very limited basis. For the most part, I find both FB and Twitter frivolous. Rarely do I see anything of interest on either. Still every conversation I happen to stumble into seems to start...Did you see on FB that .....

G. B. Miller said...

Let's see...I don't do Twitter 'cause I value my job.

I don't do MySpace, 'cause, well, just 'cause.

I blog, as most of everyone here knows.

I do have Facebook (again) only because my publisher is heavily into social media and would like to see it's stable of authors participate in the realm as well.

Facebook is becoming a good way for me to network in the publishing business as I'm finding new way to reach more people (hopefully). However, I do not play games on it, thus it doesn't become a major suckage of time.

So if you want to subscribe to someone who won't clog your wall with games and crap, click on my avatar for directions and check me out.

Riot Kitty said...

Debra: Cheers!
B: That sucks. Why not a fucking card indeed!
TEC: Wow. Just wow.
DW: That sounds like fun to me!
C: Agreed! I thought the premise of the article was ridiculous.
GA: Totally understandable. But if you quit, you aren't elitist ;
RC: Haha! That was fast.
ABFTS: I LOVE that last line. You should copyright that.
Cheryl: People start that conversation with me and I have to keep reminding them, "I don't have a Facebook account."

Logical Libby said...

FAcebook and twitter are now a big part of my job. It makes me do them less and less in my personal life. To be honest, I'm starting to see them as just noise. I hate that. I used to really love them.

At least I can say I'm elitist.

Riot Kitty said...

GB: This didn't show up before I posted my comment, sorry...cheers for you for not getting into Farmville!
Libby: Excellent! You could make that your new avatar.

Holland said...

Well I guess I must be an elitist as well... no twitter no cell / smart phone, no tv... but I do have a FB account and loving it.. but I will leave it alone for days when I do not feel like updating / getting updates.

Happy New Year!

Betty Manousos said...

i too had a fb account but i deleted it after creating my blog's. and i use twitter on a limited basis too. so much to do so little time..

i always love reading your so well-written posts, riot kitty!

big hugs~

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't have a twitter account either but I do facebook. I find myself wasting time there as well, but it does get out the word in certain situations. I don't think you're an elitist for not having an account. Just smart!

Riot Kitty said...

H: We'll just start an elitist club!
Betty: Thanks! Cheers!
Charles: Grazie ;)

Ileana said...

FB is like Wall Street...so busy but it's great for reconnecting (if you want that sort of thing). I'm happy with it and I enjoy seeing friends' posts and pics and for the invites, too...AND it's brought me business with commissioned pencil portraits. The only complaint I have is that it robs me of time. I could be reading a book or (God forbid) cleaning more.

I should really find time to read a book on time management and get off the damned computer and get a life! lol ;)

No, seriously.

Riot Kitty said...

Ily: You'd have to do extra time management to make time for the reading... ;)

Ileana said...

Ha! You know me so well, chica.

Shionge said...

I still have no idea how Twitter works :( But nevermind I don't feel short-change hahahahah...

Yes I'm on FB and over here, people just got carried away and vent their frustation on FB and get themselves into trouble. So just have to be careful on our thoughts.

I do upload some of my photos there for relatives and friends to see especially when I am overseas :D

To me, I think it is ok not to be on FB and sometimes I wonder if it is a good thing I have one too ...hmmmmm.....

Introverted Art said...

You are neither old-fashioned or getting old... Debra is right FB is a MAJOR life sucker. I keep it solely for the purpose to reach out to family and friends who are either far away or overseas.

Riot Kitty said...

S: All kinds of people here get themselves into trouble too...it makes headlines sometimes.
IA: That makes sense.

lgsquirrel said...

I was accused of the same thing when I gave up FB sometime back. Can we form our own elitist club?

Darth Weasel said...

funny.

I will admit to having facebook and I more or less keep up with the various feeds on my phone and find it often informative...and easy to ignore all the invites to farmville, etc.


But elitist to cancel? I scoff in their general direction.