Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why I will not go to Google+ (Google Plus).

Oftentimes my ears are burdened by the noise of people talking about other, non-Facebook, (a)social networking sites.  One of the more recent abominations is known as Google+.  When it was brand new, people were talking about leaving Facebook and using Google+ in its place.  As if Google+ was automatically somehow the new 'cool' thing and Facebook was not.  As if Google+ was some new different wonderland of excitement never seen before on the internet.  As if being on Google+ made you a better human being.

Well, Google+ never really took hold the way that Facebook has -- and it won't.  Many thought that G+ would be the more 'adult' version of Facebook, which was thought to be the more adult version of MySpace.  But, you see, Facebook has become the norm now (like the Qwerty keyboard and the Windows computing platform -- both also highly flawed), and with the time and effort that people have put into their connections there, they are not likely to leave any time soon.

I admit it: I tried Google+.  I did not see the point.  I will not go to Google+ for one main reason.  It's the same 'asocial networking' as Facebook is.  Why leave one thing (vice) for another?  That's like saying, "I am going to give up crack-cocaine for crystal meth."  They both (drugs and (a)social networking sites) are awful harmful mind destroying vehicles.  They are unhealthy obsessions that should be purged.  Neither Google+ nor Facebook have pros that outweigh the cons. 

Why is it that we, as people, feel the need to be connected all the time?  Why do we feel the want to have our lives be completely transparent?  Should there not be any privacy in our lives anymore?  Should one be forced to share everything with everyone else?  Should one have to know everything about all their friends?  Is that which is shared on the internet truly representative of the person behind the screen?  Why then, I ask, should one leave Facebook only to join Google+?

What is it with our society today that a thought should be reduced to 140 characters?  What is it with our society that makes it so that we should not develop deeper thoughts face to face with our friends instead of via text messages, the ultra-vile Twitter (also known as The Devil), and other such crutches?  What makes it so that we feel compelled to grab our phone or bolt to the internet when we see a status update?  Do you really need to know which one of your friends is at Wal-Mart?  Do you really need to share with the world that you are comfy in a blanket? 

I will admit that it was fun for a while.  But, after a while it became a 'pacifier' -- something that pacifies one from partaking in the real pursuits of life.  If one took a step back at the time they spent on Facebook or 'tweeting' and looked at the productive things they could have done instead, they may feel astonished.  I know I have wasted way too many hours on Facebook (luckily I never understood the point to Twitter and never really used it - 140 characters reduces the world to mental sludge).

I will not be going to Google+.  I will not trade one vice for another.  Facebook is a vice.  Google+ is a vice.  End of story.

1 comment:

  1. And yet there are (a)social "sharing" buttons below each post (including a Gmail and a G+, not to mention a FB and Twitter) and this blog hosted on Google. I wasn't sure it was possible to "opt out" of G+ if one uses Google's services -- it's not exactly a-la-carte (like they've tried doing with cable, i.e. if one's plan has both Discovery Channel and MTV you can't "opt out" of paying for the idiocy of Jersey Shore even though one may never watch it).

    Of course, I'm all in favor of an a-la-carte tax code myself. Besides the billions of dollars wasted on pork barrel spending and two wars we never should have gone into in the first place (and a possible third involvement with either Iran or N. Korea, or maybe both) I would rather boycott public education entirely than pay for stipends to use iPads, e-books, and (a)social networking "lesson plans" in the classroom!

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