‘A social networking counter movement is emerging, and Facebook quitters, who remove their accounts, differ from Facebook users in several key ways, as described in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website.
‘Stefan Stieger, PhD and coauthors, University of Vienna, Austria, compared more than 300 Facebook quitters to about an equal number of Facebook users. They recorded their responses to assessment measures focused on their level of concern over privacy, their tendency toward Internet addiction, and personality traits such as extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.
‘The authors report several significant differences that distinguish those who have decided to delete their Facebook accounts…’
This is surely one of the reasons
Anger Spreads Quicker Than Joy on Social Networks
‘The study, which examined human emotions on China’s Twitter-like micro-blogging site Sina Weibo, revealed that anger spreads faster and wider than other emotions like joy on social networks. The research [PDF] suggests that posts you write out of anger will have more of an impact than those expressing happiness.
‘The researchers – Rui Fan, Jichang Zhao, Yan Chen, and Ke Xu – set out to investigate how four sentiments – anger, joy, sadness, and disgust – propagated through social networks. If a user sent an angry tweet, for instance, the researchers aimed to determine how likely the recipients were to also send out an angry message or retweet the same sentiment…’
A lot of networkers including me cite shallow conversations as primary reason. How about you? What makes you want to quit social networks?
PirateBrowser – (No Censorship)
PirateBrowser is a bundle package of the Tor client (Vidalia), FireFox Portable browser (with foxyproxy addon) and some custom configs that allows you to circumvent censorship that certain countries such as Iran, North Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland impose onto their citizens.
The Pirate Browser does not allow us to surf the net anonymously though. It’s not intended to be a TOR Browser, while it uses the Tor network, which is designed for anonymous surfing, this browser is ONLY intended to circumvent censorship.
The Tor network is used to help route around the censoring / blocking of websites your government doesn’t want you to know about.