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Which Type of Facebook User Are You?

Posted July 15, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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As Facebook becomes an everyday part of our lives (with users spending as much as 30 to 50 minutes a day on the social platform), it is inevitable that we will develop traits similar to other Facebook users. Much like couples who begin to resemble each other after long periods of time, our long-term relationship with Facebook is turning us into one of four possible Facebook personalities.

According to researchers from Brigham Young University, Facebook users visit the site to play one of four possible Facebook user roles.

The relationship builder: This person uses the platform for social reasons. Whether it is for simply liking or commenting on a "friend’s" picture or organizing social events outside of the Facebook universe, the relationship builder just wants you to know that they like you. A lot.

The town crier: In light of recent political events, this Facebook archetype is probably working overtime in recent months posting about possible political investigations or revealing emails (no, not those emails). Typically, this user has one objective: to keep us all informed about the latest breaking news. Whether it is the death of a celebrity or other significant event, this person is on top of it.

However, what’s most interesting about this user is that he or she draws the line at news. There is a definite boundary here between the user’s real-life and their Facebook life, sharing few pictures or anything of a personal nature with the Facebook universe. There is no blurring of the line between what is real and what is Facebook.

Selfies: Selfies are the most common type of Facebook user, with posts that paint this particular person with a magical brush. Concerned with only presenting a picture of perfection, this user’s posts and pictures are carefully edited to reflect an ideal world. Important to keep in mind when you are feeling badly about so and so nourishing her family with that picture-perfect meal. We all know you didn’t cook that, best friend from high school!

Window shoppers: Window shoppers happen to be the smallest contingent of Facebook user types. Essentially, this is the Facebook stalker. Like the Town Crier, the Window Shopper isn’t sharing anything personal on Facebook. Correction, the Window Shopper isn’t sharing anything period! They are only on the social media platform to check in on what you are doing, sifting through your pictures and newsfeeds, and carefully gleaning details about your life without acknowledging it with a comment or a like. This type of Facebook user is the perfect counterpart to the "Selfie" Facebook type.

While there are other subcategories of Facebook user—i.e., vague posters or fishing posters— researchers believe that we all occupy some corner of each of the four Facebook personalities (with most of us residing in the "selfie" region—just trying to create pretty, fictionalized worlds).

What type of Facebook user are you?

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07/15/2017 10:29 AM

Not a Facebook user. I'll stick with cr4!

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07/15/2017 10:58 PM

Non user here as well.

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07/16/2017 6:56 AM

Yeah, that's blatant discrimination against the fifth type of Facebook user; us non-users.

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07/16/2017 4:09 PM

Not a face book user. The whole idea behind, " like me " , " unfriend me" is disturbing. It sounds like an online sanitarium for psychopathic hermits.

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07/16/2017 5:07 PM

... Or for those nostalgic for the unpleasant days of middle school.

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07/17/2017 8:49 AM

I dabbled in it for awhile, but no more. Facebook is a lazy insecure internet cesspool. Much of what is on there is either none of my business, or don't need to know. A "Friend" to me is someone I choose to interact with face-to-face, eye-to-eye, who I help in times of need and vice-versa. The meaning of that word has become so diluted and impersonal.

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07/17/2017 10:26 AM

I think there is another "type" that uses FB as a repository for "family" or "Group" information. I have an account that is my family only and we use it to keep everyone informed of family "stuff".

Definitely stay away from the political pages!

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07/17/2017 11:45 AM

There is still no truth in the rumour that Facebook YouTube and Twitter are to amalgamate into a single entity called "YouTwitFace". None whatsoever.

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07/17/2017 12:43 PM

This is odd. None of this seems to match-up with my experience except the 'non-user' comments, which is sad in a way - I'll explain later.

Most of the people I know on fb don't fall into any of the 4 categories described. There are a few 'town criers' I know and a few 'relationship builders'. Most of the people I know on fb do so to stay in touch with family.

I joined fb 9 years ago at the urging of my sisters, when my wife was dying. It was a way for me to stay in touch with them and the rest of my family during a long difficult time of my life. Fb continues to be a way for me to stay in touch with them on a daily basis, along with old friends who live all across the globe. Some of them will do the occasional selfie, yes, but it's not that often. It's been a great way to re-connect with friends I'd had in high school, but had lost touch with.

One of the main reasons I check in on fb is to monitor what's happening with a couple of local clubs I belong to. I belong to a photography club that is very active in doing club-related activities, and it's nice to see what the members are doing with their work. (Some are professionals, some are serious amateurs, most are just casual photographers like me who want to improve our techniques.) I've learned a lot just from seeing what other people do, and in the friendly criticism we give each other.

The other club I belong to is an astronomy club. This club is nearly dead. Only a few members are active on facebook. The rest of them cling to an outmoded list-serve bulletin board which still uses emails for messaging, and is about as user-unfriendly as modern technology can be in terms of finding out what the club members are doing or want to do. Pictures or videos? Forget it. Setting up meetings or club activities? Clunky at best; and usually never seen by anyone until after the critical time has passed to respond. One well-loved, long-term member died a couple years ago and only 3 of us from the club showed up for her funeral. Most didn't find out until a week or so later, when they thought to check the bulletin board. On fb, nearly everyone would have known right away.

Facebook deserves some of the negative reaction it gets. But for the most part I like it. In my experience, it is not the ocean of narcissism some people seem to think it is.

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07/17/2017 12:52 PM

The women I was dating about 10 some odd years ago had a teen and preteen daughters, and they were pretty competitive.

These two girls signed me up and friended me, just to add to their number army of friends. Right now, I may have 8-9.... the difference is, they are pretty much friends and not just numbers.

Digitally speaking, looking and these (2) girls 'friends', makes Einstein's law of Six degrees of separation... is down to maybe two degrees...

The other thing is about Facebook, Todays youth really no longer knows what a friend is, because Facebook redefined what a friend actually is.

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07/18/2017 12:19 PM

I used to be a heavy facebook user then I realized how much time I was wasting not only professionally but also personally. I typically used it as something to keep in contact with friends but quickly realized that most of those people aren't my friends, they are people I know / knew and they are trying to SELL me something or it is just artsy fartsy junk postings.

Now, I only go onto facebook to see pictures my family has posted from their vacations or things like that.

Facebook has definitely turned into a revenue generating monster that I want no part of anymore.

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07/18/2017 7:41 PM

Once or twice a year.

I last updated my LinkedIn profile in 2008.

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07/18/2017 9:36 PM

Recently I heard that;

"As of the first quarter of 2017, Facebook had 1.94 billion monthly active users. In the third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users had surpassed 1 billion, making it the first social network ever to do so. Active users are those which have logged in to Facebook during the last 30 days."

And now here is a morbid side of this, even though it starts of quite depressing, but later on gets oddly interesting.

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07/19/2017 8:24 AM

I recently attended a 6-session course on Digital Marketing. Our instructor referred to the "Window Shoppers" more appropriately as "Lurkers." I have a number of "friends" who never enter any information about themselves or post comments, yet may have dozens or 100+ "friends." I suspect they are all LURKERS - the worst type.

I use F/B a lot to wake up the population as to what is happening to our world. There is a mass of evidence out there that confirms exactly what the politicians, the EU, the UN and the MSM are orchestrating for us all, but it's beyond the scope of CR4 to even mention it.

All I will say is: "You can tell them the truth. You can show them the evidence. But still they choose to believe the lie." End of rant.

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07/19/2017 8:57 AM

All I will say is: "You can tell them the truth. You can show them the evidence. But still they choose to believe the lie." End of rant.

That digital media you speak of, really polluted the terms of 'truth' and 'facts' to make these words worthless.

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07/19/2017 9:41 AM

Do NOT agree. Regardless of the news and fake news (thanks CNN) - you can see the evidence with your own eyes. You see it on TV 'entertainment', your hear it on the radio, you can see it in pop culture, you see it on the streets, you can see it in the movie industry, you can see 'celebs' spouting it. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm afraid you are seriously out of touch.

"It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy."

"Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives."

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P.S. I'm not a religious person, but these words are a clarion call to all of us.

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07/19/2017 9:50 AM

Do NOT agree. Regardless of the news and fake news (thanks CNN) - you can see the evidence with your own eyes.

Oh yah, let me append that last post.

That digital media you speak of, really polluted the terms of 'truth' and 'facts' and 'evidence' to make these words worthless.

Just because your firmly believe your 'truth' and 'facts' and 'evidence' are the word,... for me, still doesn't make it so.

I again reiterate, these words ('truth', 'facts' and 'evidence') are abused with digital media. And since you inserted religion into this, its abused like the catholic clergy is to an altar boy.

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07/22/2017 5:54 AM

Dont use Facebook.

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