“Facebook runs on a very stiff, crude model of what people are like. It herds everybody — friends, co-workers, romantic partners, that guy who lived on your block but moved away after fifth grade — into the same big room. It smooshes together your work self and your home self, your past self and your present self, into a single generic extruded product. It suspends the natural process by which old friends fall away over time, allowing them to build up endlessly, producing the social equivalent of liver failure. On Facebook, there is one kind of relationship: friendship, and you have it with everybody. You’re friends with your spouse, and you’re friends with your plumber.”—
The trouble with Facebook is that it’s a confused social space. There are too many different facets of personality being exposed through social openness…. Put simply, I wouldn’t consider having a party to which they were all invited at the same time – apart from a wedding – so how can I expect to engage with them socially in a single setting online?
Where in life we are each at the centre of a Venn diagram of all our social groups…in Facebook it’s one giant mixer.