Mind the Gap

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Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the Gap challenges, we want to hear what you think about a divisive issue. Each challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post. Be sure to visit other participants’ posts to get some healthy discussion going.

To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; link-baiters beware! We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Friday.

Did you know that next year, Facebook celebrates its tenth birthday? Yessiree: Mark Zuckerberg’s internet baby was born on February 4th, 2004. Can you even remember a time on the internet before Facebook? Was there an internet before Facebook? Is Facebook a boon, helping you keep connected with family, friends, and the world, or do you find yourself annoyed with those that overshare, invite you to play inane games, and tag you in photos? Is Facebook amazing or the scourge of the internet?

Facebook: to Poke or to Puke?

Facebook’s come a long way since you could log in and toss a digital sheep at someone. The good ol’ Facebook poke remains and for many of us, Facebook has become a regular part of our daily lives, as we share posts, promote our businesses, place and accept friend requests, and peruse our stream for updates from family and friends — some of which don’t use the internet other than to use Facebook. We lurk, reconnect with long lost friends and distant relatives.

But, has Facebook become too intrusive, compromising our privacy, with the ability to tag people in photos even if they don’t have a Facebook account? Has Facebook over sharing become a problem? Is anything sacred anymore? Do young people truly understand the digital hangover from posting photos of booze-sodden escapes to Facebook? Or, is society evolving where propriety gets tossed like that old virtual sheep?

What do you think? Is Facebook a boon to our lives, connecting us, making us closer, or, has it gone too far? Answer the poll below, then expand on your thoughts and feelings about whether or not the internet is ruining our focus and our ability to relate to other humans in an original blog post on your site. Be sure to tag your entry with DPchallenge.

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  1. Its a love/hate relationship. Without it I can’t talk to my friends. I hate it because of the privacy issues I have with it plus Facebook cause my personal/romantic relationship tension.

  2. Facebook is like anything in life… you can make it work for you… and it is a very excellent social network machine… it did reconnect me with many of my friends over the years..

  3. I don’ think its good that you can tag persons without their consent. But bar telling the photographer ‘don’t post that pic on fb’ there is not much you can do. For those who can help it, you – just don’t post anything that you only want SOME people to see.

    1. There are ways to control the settings of who tags you in pics and which one’s you would like to appear on your timeline, as well as who can see posts/pics you’re tagged in. You do have the option to control what others see.

  4. Honestly at one point I found facebookto be useful as far as reconnecting long lost friends and family (still to this day it may) but it has also become over the top with being deep in folks private lives. Here it is you can upload any photo/video tag whomever, say whatever to the point where it can be considered harrassment via the internet. Understand this is a world where technology clearly rules in this day and age, and even with it helping us to connect on many levels I still feel there should be some type of distancing just for self/privacy reason…..but with that said is it really facebook to blame or is it the users, hmm???

  5. Facebook should urgently work on privacy. The biggest “lie” of users: I have read the Terms of Service and accepted ” :-) Have we really read them? I bet the answer is?” No “. My opinion:.., The terms of use are totally unacceptable in the current form. In spite of everything, everyone. can decide for themselves what is posted and who can see the content.
    My vote:
    Facebook is the scourge of the internet. It’s killing privacy!

  6. ReFIRED (not retired) author#
    As life is what you make of it, so is Facebook. Physically challenged now, I still mentor and advocate for victims and make good use of the Facebook contacts. As a Type A personality I would be lost if I had to be isolated at home; I am not. I AM ON FACEBOOK.

  7. Facebook has redefined the words “Friends” and “Like”. Abounding in carefully posed `selfies` and false declarations of friendship, coupled with nauseating detail on the lives of the self obsessed, it is a hotbed of narcissism.

    So its probably here to stay.

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    marina ama omowale maxwell,Founder of the Writers Union of Trinidad & Tobago .Hoping to safeguard other writers also.

    1. They must be buying the books from your publisher. but again its a great way to get your name and the name of your book out there. Call me a cynic but I have been around the net a very long time.

  9. I both love and hate Facebook. I don’t know what I would do with out it, but I hate a ton of the changes that have occurred over the years. HOWEVER, I love Facebook far more than any other social media so I guess if push came to shove, I would defend it. Now Twitter on the other hand…BLEH!

  10. I have no desire to join Facebook, I just don’t like having identifiable information out there for everyone to see. The only reason I would join is to keep in touch with people I already know but don’t get to see very often, but there are some people who I see a couple times a week that are always bugging me to join and friend them. I’ve gone without Facebook this long so I think I can live without it, I actually know someone who finally joined MySpace right at the time it was going down the drain as Facebook caught on.

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