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.
One more to "depends how you use it." I recently got THREE manly male friends jobs not to mention myself by using LinkedIn. I get side hustles the same way. I briefly chat with like-minded friends, and do keep some touch. Facebook is kind of a "modern rolodex" so if I need to get with someone who is a "friend of a friend" I can. Likewise for sort-of friends I can make contact without it being awkward. There is value there.
OTOH, if all you do is tell people what you are eating for lunch then you are not being manly, facebook or no facebook.
It isn't time wasted unless it is wasted. Separate the wheat from the chaff.
I don't see this as much different from other social networks; so may I ask the question: what are you doing here?
That is one unbelievable job of splitting hairs.
Both are social
Both are online
Both contain interaction
One is older or "old school" and you don't necessarily know people going into it, so it is ok
So damnit, don't tell me that this online social interaction is a "social network"
I do agree there are some differences, but this is also Brett's barn that we mill around in and he does get paid to let people sell to us while we are here (ever-increasing, just like FB).
Don't assume everyone plays the social network game just because that is all you see. I use FB as I wish, to reconnect with real people or stay in touch with people who have moved out of my life, and many I know feel the same way (probably generational). You also don't have to "open up your life to random circles" Just like here you post what you wish to share to whom you choose. FB even has more nuanced controls for that than here.
I have family and friends all over the world. FB makes it easier to keep in touch with pictures, chats, and posts about events in their lives. I don't let just anyone in (less than 150 'friends' on fb) and I keep the privacy level high.
Thing is, Charles, I don't have 500 friends on FB. I don't post all my information online. I don't aspire to a big list of acquaintances. These things don't describe my niece (who is the reason I first joined), my wife, my sister, or this or that student who posts on FB. The story you're telling about who uses FB is accurate for approx 0 (I think it's 1, actually) of the people who have contacted me through FB. It may be more common in your world, or not, but it's clearly far from universal.
I suspect he's so manly he has to do something unmanly to keep from being overwhelmed by it all. I know that's why I watch "My Little Pony." :o
It's ok to be on Facebook. If you're still on myspace, you may be degenerate. And twitter and tweeting sounds Gay.
I used to be a bit of a facebook addict. I've backed way off and rarely ever post now. This is mainly because of the privacy issues but also because it is a giant time sucker.
I think the only reason I'm still there is to keep track of birthdays (it's just awfully convenient) and to keep up with local events. I've found facebook to be an invaluable resource when it comes to local live bands, random events, parties, etc...
I like twitter mostly for the news, not so much for social networking. I find out about things within minutes of them happening, then the "breaking" story comes up on the major news media an hour or so later.
I do like Google+ though. I have more than one hundred contacts but actually know less than ten of them offline. Rather, I've met a lot of like-minded people in regards to hobbies and interests. I engage in a lot of discussions about games, electronics tinkering and the occasional political discussion. For some reason, facebook seems to be more about drama and completely misses in this regard.
That _should_ wrap up the discussion.