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Your take: Four reasons to not be on Facebook

  • As FB hits the 1 billion member mark, there are still those who refuse its siren call
  • Main reasons: Safety, privacy, and -- you know -- real life
Your take: Four reasons to not be on Facebook

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So apparently 1 billion or so people are now on Facebook -- 1 BILLION. Though that's roughly 1/7 of the entire population of the world, there are still the few, the proud who hold out. Why do some of these mysterious people decide to steer clear?

1. No offense, 'friends,' but I don't care that much

Believe it or not, some people aren't into the constant feed of minutiae dribbling from the updates of pseudo-friends all day. These people think it's totally okay to live life without knowing what all of their high school acquaintances are up to (and after all, you usually don't need Facebook to connect to the most important people in your life!)


2. It's called a 'personal life' for a reason

On the flip side, some people aren't down with sharing the details of their life online. Sometimes, even though it may seem like a safe and supportive environment, taking your private life online can backfire.


3. Life is better lived offline

Who needs an online life when real life is so much better? That's some folks' reasoning for steering clear of social networking. All those friends you love so much? They exist in the flesh, too, and for some, that's way better than a Facebook chat.


4. Safety, safety, safety

If you have small children, or are worried about privacy concerns, Facebook can seem like one, big, billion-people-strong red flag. Sure, you could fiddle with privacy settings and be super vigilant. Or you could just not worry about it at all and go on living life.

And, of course, one of life's rich ironies: If not on Facebook, what are your thoughts on Twitter?

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