Allie, I note with some amusement that you only spoke to one person over the age of 50, although Facebook is very prevalent among older folks as well. I recently dumped it, and while that cost me some contacts, I am vastly better for it via so many metrics it would be hard to list them all. Above all, the regular river of hate and vitriol, the trolling… well, let’s just say I don’t miss it. That and the feeling of being regularly watched, invaded, and measured. I am not interested in being monetized. A recent NPR story about Zuckerberg explained that he felt that the notion of privacy was quaint. I wonder how he might feel about having a video trained on his intimate sexual activity while millions laughed at him. Made jokes. Ripped him a new one about his technique. That’s why we have privacy. Certain things are nobody’s business. Unfortunately, he has given away, or allowed to be hacked, information far more important and valuable than just what might happen behind closed doors. He once said that “young people are just smarter.” Not in this case. He’s a damned fool. An arrogant, immature, thoughtless fool. This country, and our Democracy are paying the price for making him a demigod. To say nothing of what Facebook has wrought overseas. But this is our culture. I continue to shut down, turn off and drop out- much like my generation did fifty years ago. Now we really have good reasons to do it. Good article, and thanks.

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