Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Do you have any, and why? I have all three (keep in mind I am a bit younger) and am contemplating deleting them all because I feel like I waste A LOT of time on them and am just in general tired of reading peoples thoughts and looking through their "selfies" everyday. I don't know if this would put me at a disadvantage with friends and women alike at a young age.
Like anything else, it's all in how they are used.
I have Facebook and have really thought about getting rid of that. I sometimes spend more time on it than I should but then I realize how dumb it is and I scale it back. I'll probably keep my Facebook but it's utility is increased by virtue of being 10,000mi away from my family.
I use FB partly for keeping track of alumni and posting job notices... and largely for keeping track of family in another state. My life would be poorer without their posts, and theirs without my baby pictures.
I have had a Facebook account since 2009 ... due to peer pressure of feminine variety. I check it about once a day, and actually type something maybe three times a year.
Its a good way to keep up with family, friends and vague acquaintances without the hassle of actually speaking to them on the phone. If I must know whats going on with people (which apparently I must, or so I've been told) I'd rather do it with minimal hassle ... and I'm pretty good about hiding the ones that are obnoxious or insist on posting crap I don't want to see.
Beyond that, it is mostly an exercise in narcissism. People like talking about themselves. A lot. To an embarrassing extent. I can't imagine why you'd want to check it more than once a day. I don't want real-time updates on people's lives ... and, if the information is important enough that I need it now, anybody who knows me knows they ought to just tell me.
I don't have a twitter or instagram account. Haven't been able to think of a reason why I'd need it.
I have a FB and a myspace I set up when I was in Iraq to keep in touch with family and friends. It was useful then, now that I am home, I use the facebook once or twice a month and I don't use myspace at all. It's useful, but I see too many FB warriors use it for conflict and they need to manage thier time better.
FB for family and friends.
LinkedIn to grow professionally
It is up to the person to use it wisely or like an idiot
Oh yeah, and here
FB is useful, if only because virtually every family member under 40 seems to use it instead of physical mail.
And yes, it's the usual collection of folks who post stuff that got birthday and anniversary cards in the past, and those who just can't resist coming up with the "cute thing (or three) my toddler did today."
I had an account for over a year and de-activated it, partially because I was embarrassed for my friends who felt the need to post constantly about stuff you wouldn't talk about in person and partially because I was embarrassed for myself feeling the need to keep checking for such updates.
put me down for, "depends on how you use it."
your last line intrigues me. i've noticed how useful they could be for a dating man (theoretically; i was married before i got a FB account). if a girl complains about you not "friending" her fast enough, or not replying to her posts, just excuse yourself by saying how you were out doing awesome things and haven't checked it. then ask her out, saying you'd rather spend time in person with her, anyway.
final thought: most people who are heavy social networking users report being less happy than those who aren't. researchers suggest it's the constant comparing yourself with others and seeking attention, though it may be a chicken and the egg scenario.
I have a FB account, mainly to keep in touch with family and friends I don't see often (like most here apparently).
I must say, what amazes me is to see how many people spend time playing stupid games on it. I need 2-3 minutes a day on Facebook and I am done.
What did all this people used to do before the internet!?
Your last point is interesting. I don't know your sources for such reports but, I won't be surprised if they are true. How can you waste valuable time on such websites (e.g. playing stupid games...) and, then wonder why others have a far more better life than you do?!