In Defence of facebook members

United States
July 11, 2011 11:52pm CST
Yes, it's me , the same person who last week vowed never to be a member defending a person's right to sit around and chat with 100's of friends. I just saw a demeaning car ad on t.v.A young woman is talking to the camera about getting her parents on Facebook, then we see her parents out and about on a hike I believe and she says her parents only have 19 friends while she has over 600! And she says she hopes they get to live like she does. The ad ends with parents enjoying this Toyota and their daughter admiring a puppy on her PC. Now I don't see the point for me to be on Facebook but I Really have a problem with a company making fun with Facebook users! If I were on Facebook, I would have started a ban on Toyota until the ad is gone. But I'm not there so I thought I would vent here. You thoughts.
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7 responses
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
12 Jul 11
I have seen that commercial....to me it's very quirky! The parents are out having fun while she is sitting in front of a computer....well I do both! LOL...not to worry for my kids...and I am a facebooker but don't feel offended by this at all!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Jul 11
I don't either. It's just poking fun harmlessly
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• United States
12 Jul 11
To me there is no such thing as poking harmless fun. A few years ago I would inflict pain over less!
• United States
15 Jul 11
So I do have my answer from my other post and this one, even though I am not on Facebook and I prefer to correspond with friends than go biking . My life is worthless. Thanks Makatas.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Jul 11
The commercial is actually kinda funny... it is making fun of the girl because her parents are out having a life and she is sitting there on facebook with her 600 friends. This is not to say that virtual interaction is not fun, it IS, but when someone is just living completely virtually and believing it is better than doing something in person (if you have the opportunity), you can see why people are chuckling about it. Plus, many young adults think their parents are lame - and we aren't. We are people too, we also have friends and interests and hobbies and RELATIONSHIPS... lol. There are some things we really love and some things we really hate. WE aren't just ancient creatures who were your buzz-kill about everything fun you wanted to do while you were growing up lol. One more thing - I am on facebook and I enjoy it, pretty regularly. I also drive a Toyota. My parents are on my facebook list too.
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• United States
12 Jul 11
I don't find it funny at all . I believe as long as you are enjoying what you are doing , then you are living. I Never thought my mom was un hip Or dull.I think it is great the parents are out doing things but I do not think their daughter should be demeaned for doing what she thinks is fun. But then again I am not on Facebook and I would never buy a Toyota.
@makatas (1101)
• Greece
14 Jul 11
Want it or not, socializing on Internet is not enough for humans. Through the centuries it is perfectly clear that humans need to be near other humans. NEAR is the key word. If you are satisfied with online socializing and not with personal contact then my opinion is you are not living. However, you got every right to disagree with my comment, it is just a personal opinion and nothing more.
• United States
15 Jul 11
Who gives you the right to tell me that what I fine enjoyable isn't living. Are you Now My G-d? Are you my dictator . I Have to live the life you deem exciting or I don't matter? Really? I'm so sorry but if it weren't for this " Not Living" connection I get here I would be More isolated. Not everyone Has to connect person to person. Many of my friend live many, miles away. But because you say I Must connect person to person or it dosen't matte mean I Really don't have friends?
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
12 Jul 11
I think that I do see the point that Toyota is trying to make here. I think that it is far better to be out and about in the wilderness going on hikes and enjoying the outdoors then sitting inside all day on Facebook, looking at photos. Even though I must admit that I am very guilty of doing just that on Facebook, I can spend HOURS online. And I quite resent Facebook for being there and being so tempting, because I would much rather be outdoors. I'm going to make it my new goal to try spend less time online and moor time outside, doing fun things!
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• United States
12 Jul 11
That's the whole point ! There are many definitions of fun. To many they rather stay on Facebook and talk to friends than bike outdoors. And to demean a person's choice just to sell a car is wrong and dangerous. All they need is for one , just one Facebook member to see it my way and tell their friends to not buy Toyotas! then I thought that Toyota , by dissing facebook , is Only going for Babyboomer customers. But I don't know!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Jul 11
But... I know so many people who diss facebook! And I also know people who would NEVER own a Toyota. After all... wasn't there a big recall with the newer Camrys and Prius? I'm not a boycotter, and I pay no attention to bans. All of that is just groups of people looking to try to add to their cause whether it makes any sense or not. I am proud to never get involved with that lol. When I want to just hang out on facebook, I do so. When I feel like shutting facebook and interacting in person, I do that. Life includes both, I say
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@makatas (1101)
• Greece
15 Jul 11
I know hundreds of people who used instant messenger for this reason, and they now use video+audio for FREE. Beat that, Facebook.
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@dansu_86 (17)
• Indonesia
12 Jul 11
I'm sorry but I have to agree with Toyota Having more friends on Facebook is not a feat that you should proud of Having more friends in real world is the one that you can proud of That 19 friends of the parents Facebook could mean all of them are well known by the parents
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• United States
12 Jul 11
That's ok. But Toyota shouldn't demean a customer base. All they need is for one Facebook member to feel the way I do ,and he/she could get a huge boycott going and soon Toyota is in trouble.I agree real friends are more important to me but I do respect the lady's right to enjoy her life the way she wants. No one has the right to tell someone they have no life just because they are not living it the way They would. That's what pi$$ed me off.
@makatas (1101)
• Greece
14 Jul 11
You don't understand something regarding Toyota. No matter how you "boycott" them (and we have heard it SO MANY TIMES from our U.S. friends, haven't we?) they are still the biggest car company in the world and the one with highest quality product. Even after your BIG words after the incidents with braking problems, that Toyota should pay, Toyota should be boycotted etc etc they still are here and stronger than ever. So you really cannot say you boycott them. It is only empty words.
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• United States
15 Jul 11
Makatas, Since you just called me a liar , why do you bother to even talk to me? When I said I will boycott something I do. If I were to buy a car , it wouldn't be a Toyota. I'm sorry you will Never believe Anything I say since yu just called me a liar.
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
12 Jul 11
I also agree with one of the friend above. These social networking sites are really bad for the social life of a person. If I take a test to find out the numbers of the friends what I would love to go with for a cup of tea then I find it very difficult to find even a single friend. It is not the real social life that we should live. I think the Mylot is a good one and here you feel special about yourself because you increase your knowledge.
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• United States
12 Jul 11
I'm not on Facebook. But I do believe to many this is their Only social life. If it disappeared , they would be home alone. Question. if your "friends" on Facebook are people you don't want to talk to, Why are they considered friends? Why did you add them? I don't get it!
@makatas (1101)
• Greece
14 Jul 11
People on Facebook will not hesitate to add as "friend" old friends from school for example. Those are people they would not like to meet in person anymore, but they find it perfectly OK to add in facebook. Who knows why? But they do, ask anyone with a facebook account.
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• United States
15 Jul 11
It makes no sense.
• Canada
12 Jul 11
I need to pay better attention to commercials. I have heard that one in the background, but I never really looked closely at it. Atleast we know it's available in Canada. I think that Facebook has gotten so big, that people don't think of it as having individual members. I agree with you, they need to stop making fun of Facebook users. I love Facebook, but not to socialize with random strangers, rather to stay connected to true friends, and people with common interests. I also keep in touch with family that i don't see that often, because of the distance. Also, I have some relatives that communicate better in short tweet-like posts, as opposed to long letters and phone calls. To each her/his own.
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• United States
12 Jul 11
I just wrote Toyota a Watch out email.
@najibdina29 (1309)
• Indonesia
12 Jul 11
Make this for the experience and now is the time for introspection. What wrote that can roughly be taken lessons. Do not get sad
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• United States
12 Jul 11
I didn't get sad. I got angry. I wrote Toyota so they will know how i saw it and how dangerous it may be if someone on Facebook sees it the same way I do.