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#1
Ever noticed in this day and age of social networking how loosely the term 'friend' is used? Right now, I've got a "friend" who I met once, for five minutes, 2 years ago. Now, before Myspace and Facebook, If I could even remember who they were, I would probably consider them to be "some random person I met ages ago"; harldy people who I would allow to spend all day and ****ing night poking me, requesting comments, and ratings of their perfectly touched up pictures. I know more about this person than I know about myself. I have no idea what my top 10 favourite films, or books, or drinks are. Yet, I know all this about "some random person I met ages ago". Strange. Pre-Internet, I think this would be pretty good grounds to call the police on me...

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Anyone else feel this way? I mean, sure, social networking can be a good thing. Meet up with old friends, schoolmates, etc... But can it go too far? It's so... fake. Everyone puts their good points up, all their good pictures they've edited in Photoshop. Where are all the faults? I could swear we're living in a perfect world...
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#4
Yeah, people throw the word around to much. I only feel I have 5 friends. Other people are just people I like to chill with. A friend is someone who's always going to be there.
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I agree completly. I would say something more profound, but you have taken all the words right out of my mouth.
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#7
Your thread title made me laugh.
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#8
Valid points in there. I hate it when people add you on myspace and start talking to you, just out of nowhere. I never know why the hell they want friends that they'll never meet and I really never know what to say...
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Sarcasm...

#10
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I don't really see this as much as you guys probably do (seeing as NOBODY here uses myspace, like... I've never met a single person in my school or my city, or it's 3 surrounding cities, that uses myspace. And usually with facebook people are less irritating than that, nobody cares about their friend amount, or their picture comments, etc...

edit: Holy crap! Double Double post!!^^^


yeah you noticed that too! wahappen?!
#11
Hi, my name is <Bore's real name>.

I am a 16 year old Scottish student attending College.
I am studying Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Music Tech.
I also play guitar and nearly have been for nearly 2 years. I'm alright I suppose.
I am a friendly and chatty person, but sometimes I can get so intense that I'll annoy you when I keep talking to you when you evidently don't like me.
I tell lots of Jokes, badly, so that's really annoying too.
Also I'm a complete smartarse, but I believe I wouldn't look so smart if everyone else wasn't so f*cking retarded.
I have a love for 4chan jokes and I love "Shooping".
I normally sit on my laptop for hours on end talking to people on MSN because I have a serious lack of "life".

Do I sound like a nice person?

THAT'S why there's only good points ^.^

(Not all of this is true, but IMO it's fairly accurate =P)
#12
I really find it weird whenever I see a person in real life and recognize them because they were like tagged in a picture with a friend of mine on facebook. I find it weird because I know who this person's name is and sometimes more than just that and yet I've never once met them. I find it even weirder when I actually do meet them in person and I have to be like "..so, you're name is?.." when I already know who they are.
#13
i hate myspace....it was nice for a few weeks but after awhile i realized that it was just a never ending cycle of three different messages:

1. HEy U DonT nO Me bUt Ur Hott LEtS TAlK SomEtiMe
2. NEW PICSSSSS COMMENT MINE AND I'LL COMMENT URSSSS!!!!111!!!11
3. If you don't send this letter to 15 people within the next 15 minutes your crush will hate you and you will never get kissed

oh and
4. OMG YOu play teh guitar!?!?!? Can YoU TeAch Me?!!?
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Hi, my name is <Bore's real name>.

I am a 16 year old Scottish student attending College.
I am studying Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Music Tech.
I also play guitar and nearly have been for nearly 2 years. I'm alright I suppose.
I am a friendly and chatty person, but sometimes I can get so intense that I'll annoy you when I keep talking to you when you evidently don't like me.
I tell lots of Jokes, badly, so that's really annoying too.
Also I'm a complete smartarse, but I believe I wouldn't look so smart if everyone else wasn't so f*cking retarded.
I have a love for 4chan jokes and I love "Shooping".
I normally sit on my laptop for hours on end talking to people on MSN because I have a serious lack of "life".

Do I sound like a nice person?

THAT'S why there's only good points ^.^

(Not all of this is true, but IMO it's fairly accurate =P)

As long as you don't send me a "hav sex with" request, a "stripper invite", or a million messages about how you want to add me as a friend on random crap sites I dont use, like Bebo, I think we will get along fine.
#15
When I get on MySpace I add all the hot porn ads to my friends list. I'm just looking for the one that actually wants a no-strings-attached-$9.95/month-please-watch-me-play-with-myself relationship.
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#16
why does knowone use bebo.
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#17
I feel the same way. I get friend requests from people whom I consider "Classmates" and not really friends. We hardly even talk, and I don't know why they want to be my friend on myspace, it didn't really make a difference. I'm just too much of a pussy to deny their request :[

You're right, the term "Friend" is too loosely used. Friends should be people you know pretty well are are willing make sacrifices for.
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i hate myspace....it was nice for a few weeks but after awhile i realized that it was just a never ending cycle of three different messages:

1. HEy U DonT nO Me bUt Ur Hott LEtS TAlK SomEtiMe
2. NEW PICSSSSS COMMENT MINE AND I'LL COMMENT URSSSS!!!!111!!!11
3. If you don't send this letter to 15 people within the next 15 minutes your crush will hate you and you will never get kissed

oh and
4. OMG YOu play teh guitar!?!?!? Can YoU TeAch Me?!!?

I don't even get those messages

Truly I am out of touch of the social life I should be having...
#19
you are not required to have a myspace, nor are you required to be nice to these people. just be a dick, they'll get the message


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#20
MySpace sucks.

I use Facebook, but only add people I'm actually friends with.

There are a few (maybe like 4) people I've never met, but talk to online, that I would call my friend... since I talk to them a lot.
#21
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I don't even get those messages

Truly I am out of touch of the social life I should be having...

It's because people know you are:

a) not HoTt
b) are an extremely critical emo-hater
c) asexual

and

d) crap on guitar



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you are not required to have a myspace, nor are you required to be nice to these people. just be a dick, they'll get the message

I don't use Myspace. I am a dick. I have no friends
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I don't use Myspace. I am a dick. I have no friends

If you are a dick, I would imagine you would have lots of lady friends...
#24
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I don't use Myspace. I am a dick. I have no friends


You're an older guy, so that's perfectly acceptable. Too many people take social networking too seriously and go overboard on wanting to have internet "friends" whom they barely know. It's all pretentious and you shouldn't give a damn about it. I am especially fed up with all of the facebooking I see around me.

Say I go to a party and meet a couple of people. When I check my facebook account a couple of days later, those people want to be my friends. Great. Abso-f*cking-lutely great.

I think of social networking as a communication utility to contact friends and not a breeding ground for making friends. For me, it's more of an email type of thing. Go on it once a day for a minute or two to see if any new messages have arrived, and that's it.

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*checks friends list for umop-3p!sdn*

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If you are a dick, I would imagine you would have lots of lady friends...

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You're an older guy, so that's perfectly acceptable. Too many people take social networking too seriously and go overboard on wanting to have internet "friends" whom they barely know. It's all pretentious and you shouldn't give a damn about it. I am especially fed up with all of the facebooking I see around me.

Say I go to a party and meet a couple of people. When I check my facebook account a couple of days later, those people want to be my friends. Great. Abso-f*cking-lutely great.

I think of social networking as a communication utility to contact friends and not a breeding ground for making friends. For me, it's more of an email type of thing. Go on it once a day for a minute or two to see if any new messages have arrived, and that's it.

hai jakal wanna b my intrawebs frnd lol

Have never been to myspace. Never will. This is as close to "social networking" as I get.
And there are a few users on here that someday I will drink under the table...err have a beer with. And there are some others that I do enjoy talking to through the profiles but I do have a real life. Complete with real friends. And ya we party.
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#28
If we were living in a perfect world, myspace wouldn't exist. I seriously don't know why people love it so much, its pretty lame.
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aha

It was sarcasm. I was implying that you could fool yourself into thinking we lived in a perfect world by venturing into the magical land of myspace, where every girl is "random", everyone has perfect skin (I dindt yuse fotoshop lol onest), and no-one has any bad qualities...
#30
Social- meeting people

Network (let's break it down) Net- they branch out in all different directions, and things get stuck in them. Work- make an effort.

Social Networking- Making an effort and collaborating the contacts you already have, while continuing to branch out and work at making new ones.


They're not your friends because you don't see anything you can get from them. While I can understand the constant struggle to weed out those who are actually networking from those who are just trying to boost their friend counters, it's counterproductive to write someone off just because you don't yet know them.
Social networking involves compromise.
#31
I use the term friend loosely on Facebook but I will only add people I know in real life. None of this ****:

"hey. yeah you dont know me, but i'm bored and talking to random people.. so whats up??"

That is a real message from my Facebook inbox. It went unreplied. I don't know who you are and odds are I don't want you to know who I am.
#32
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This is as close to "social networking" as I get.

me too. so many people just spend their lives on myspace, reading about other people's lives and passing up on their own.

the internet really seems to be leading society downhill in some ways. kids don't learn how to shop in markets or stores, they just order online. they don't interact with salesmen or other shoppers and their social skills are pretty much ****.

...k, i'll calm down now


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#33
my cousin whom i haven't seen in more than a few years added me a few days ago on facebook and one of her friends quickly followed suit. i haven't seen my cousin in forever, so there's no way i have even met this person.
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#34
Haha i just came back from doing an essay about the qualities i like in a friend when i realized how very few "true" friends I have
#35
I was once hanging out with my friend and his brother was there too. The brother abruptly announced that he needed to go check his myspace because it had been over an hour since he checked it last, and ran inside.

I know millions of teens around the globe are exactly like that, and that's a terrifying fact to know.
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#36
Well guys I would love to stay and chat but a friend of mine just popped his head in the door and said he's buying. Social networking does have it's moments
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#37
Damn now I'm home and have realized that I killed a really good thread.
Ya he bought a lot.
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#38
What are you selling?
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#39
I do not use the word friend loosely. Maybe that's why I only have 3 friends.........
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#40
dude facebook, myspace and nexopia are all just ways for the stalkers and pedophiles to choose there next victim. Full names, High schools, towns, pictures it's all there
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