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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/20/13 9:50 A

my hubby and I share the FB account, and we are not prone to 'liking' pages (SP or anything else)

I don't worry about points.

My purpose in being here is to track my progress.
The points happen; or not - it matters little to me.

And, most discounts and things, I believe, are US-only

KIPPER15 Posts: 8,393
8/20/13 9:48 A

I don't have a Twitter or Facebook account. I don't want to spend all my free time on the computer. I do send e-mails and occasionally shock someone and send a hand written letter by snail mail.

Edited by: KIPPER15 at: 8/20/2013 (09:48)
JAPIOW Posts: 1,142
8/20/13 9:48 A

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,311
8/20/13 9:44 A

I'm not on Facebook or Twitter. I spend too long on the computer as it is. If I joined Facebook I'd never be off it. Also, this probably sounds awful, but if I haven't kept up with old school friends since I left school, I'm not sure that I want to be getting in touch now after all these years. It seems more important to spend time with current friends and family.
And, although I do like Spark People, I don't have to like it on Facebook to demonstrate my liking for it.

SIRENSONGS SparkPoints: (57,040)
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8/20/13 8:47 A

I'm not on Facebook or Twitter either, but I am on social media sites for things I enjoy, like for music and Goodreads for books. I use them to discover new things that interest me. But it's true that these social media sites have become just one big marketing tool But at least the users get something out of them.

MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (561,819)
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8/20/13 8:45 A


KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
8/20/13 8:31 A

I'm not on facebook but get pressure from my family all the time to get an account. But since I'm not on, I get the pleasure of a phone call instead and lots of emails. I'm just not interested.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,201
8/20/13 6:53 A

I'm on facebook-- it's an easy way for me to keep up with out-of-state family and friends. I don't "friend" people on facebook that I don't actually know. And I "like" very few things. Haven't linked my Sparkpeople to my facebook either. I don't often post anything to my wall; mostly I comment on family/ friend's posts and send private messages.

I'd have to agree that I don't think it's unfair for a company to offer sale info or coupons or discounts, if people "like" them on social media. Like a pp said, it's not much different than not getting coupons or sales fliers, if you don't buy a newspaper. Or-- many stores offer special sales / coupons / rewards if you have one of their credit cards, or one of their loyalty cards. It's each person's choice whether they want to do that or not. And that's the deal; you do "this", they give you "that".

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (226,681)
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8/20/13 6:16 A

I'm not on either one. Not interested. I wouldn't keep it up to date. I have better things to do with my time

JENJEN1004 Posts: 2,842
8/20/13 5:01 A

I'm also not on Facebook or Twitter. I agree with one post on here that said that if it's really important to you to get the benefits of being on those site, then you should sign up. I personally think it's not worth it.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (320,294)
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8/20/13 3:55 A

I don't like any of these site as they collect too much information and pass it it on.

I use Facebook but only for family and friends and ignore all others

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
8/20/13 1:30 A

I do think more companies and groups are using things like Twitter or Facebook to connect with people so if it is important to you to get the rewards they offer through those then you might want to have accounts. I don't feel a person is punished as they are free things you can choose to do or not to get some different minor reward.

I do have Facebook but did not join to get rewards. I only "like" things that I actually use and enjoy.
I don't use twitter at all and probably won't.

ANARIE Posts: 13,172
8/19/13 4:31 P

I think for most people, especially if you're not really computer savvy, staying off social media or joining but never liking ANYTHING commercial is a good idea. You don't get certain special offers, but that's the way media has always worked. If you don't watch TV, you will miss the commercials that tell you when your favorite store is having a fabulous sale. If you don't subscribe to the newspaper, you don't get coupons and sales flyers and rebate offers. You get punished less for staying off Facebook than you would for not buying the paper.

I also don't think you're missing as much as you think. I'm on Facebook, and I have *never* gotten a special offer that I would use. Maybe it's because I never "like" anything and my only "friends" are actual friends.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (252,661)
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8/19/13 3:24 P

I'm not on the social sites either. Just not that kind of person. I prefer real FACE to FACE conversations that matter.

8/19/13 3:14 P

I HATE facebook. I am a privacy freak. I have an account in order to get hold of lectures and forums but there is not a single photo or message on it.
The way I like it.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
8/19/13 2:14 P

I liken it to any other benefit/drawback of any other choice I make, so I can't really agree it's unfair. It's something we all have access to, a choice we all have.

KRAFTYKRAFT SparkPoints: (92,837)
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8/19/13 2:09 P

I am on Twitter and Pintrest for my own entertainment, but I do not have a Facebook profile. It is funny - when you tell someone that you aren't on Facebook - the person looks at you like you just said that you don't breathe air.

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
8/19/13 1:32 P

Totally agree with the previous post. I've also noticed lots of places where if you want to do something you can sign in with your Facebook log-in. Sign of the times but it's my choice if I want to join in or or not.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
8/19/13 1:27 P

Yes, I've seen that too. I'm not on Facebook and I know lots of companies have taken the wank approach of using Facebook to host their website. As a result they offer special offers that you can only see if you have a Facebook account.

Too bad for the company I figure. I know I'm in the minority of people who are not on Facebook - but it's not worth my time or trouble signing up to that site just to get a special offer. It's a demographic thing on their part - most people are on Facebook.

I'm thrilled to not be on there.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
8/19/13 1:25 P

i agree with the previous poster. I have lots of friends not on social media. It's all a matter of choice. If the points are that important to you, jump on, get the points and then delete your account.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
8/19/13 1:23 P

I don't agree. Using social media is an option open to everyone. Awarding points for activity on those sites doesn't punish people who don't use them, it just rewards those who choose to do so.

I use facebook but I choose to keep my Spark activity separate from my facebook activity. I also choose to not get the emails. I can choose another way, but I don't think other people making different choices punishes me.

NANAS4GIRLS SparkPoints: (77,198)
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8/19/13 12:48 P

I feel I am being punished by not using Social Media ( F.B, Twitter or Tweet, whatever that is )
There are rewards and discounts for liking something on these sites, that the rest of us do not receive. Seems unfair.

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