Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 06, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  over 2 years ago

    Rat, you can always count how many likes you got to make yourself feel better.

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    BasilBruce  over 2 years ago

    In your Facebook, Rat!

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 2 years ago

    If Bob quitted, who did you eviscerate?

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 2 years ago

    Can’t do that to me, Rat, because I never had a Twitter account.

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    Concretionist  over 2 years ago

    It turns out that about 70% (I made up that number) of people who quit the social media feel better. Because, it seems, people compare themselves (seen with their jaundiced inward eye) to the image of their “friends” as the show themselves. Not unlike the “Family Christmas card syndrome”. That leaves the other (30%?) who use the media in a way that increases their happiness. Seems like a lot of us could stand to … stand back. And probably the rest are already not locked to the screen all day.

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    GROG Premium Member over 2 years ago

    You couldn’t Zuck him in.

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    Meme Dee Dee (king of the comic reviewers)  over 2 years ago

    Is this a reference to a 2018-2019 strip?

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    AndreasMartin  over 2 years ago

    Sometimes the internet apears like a world nobody really needs.

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    iggyman  over 2 years ago

    Bob might have a good idea!

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    Gent  over 2 years ago

    So Rat’s been tweeting to his impostor?

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    Cornelius Noodleman  over 2 years ago

    I would never post anything on the internet.

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    syzygy47  over 2 years ago

    Sounds like a local FB buy and sell group I signed onto and left after one of the key moderators was using it to carry his trigger the libs agenda. Not even any reasoned arguments but memes and mockery. Not worth the zeros and ones that made it.

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    blunebottle  over 2 years ago

    I love it!

    I only wish I had ever been on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram…so I could boycott them!

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    scote1379 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Facebook ? What’s this Facebook thing ?

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    rshive  over 2 years ago

    Does Neighbor Bob have dreams of golf or music?

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    MayCauseBurns  over 2 years ago

    Social media = social disease

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    Troglodyte  over 2 years ago

    Rat uses social media to bully people and then talks about “fair”?! :D

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    Purple People Eater  over 2 years ago

    Being on social media or not is not what determines my happiness, so I can’t say that I’ve been happy since quitting Facebook in 2018, but I have become much more productive. I now have time to post a lot more comments on GoComics.

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    RitaGB  over 2 years ago

    I’m not quite ready to be that happy, tempting as it is.

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    Jeffin Premium Member over 2 years ago

    What is this ‘social media’ of which you speak??

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    asmbeers  over 2 years ago

    Bob has it nailed.

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    Malph  over 2 years ago

    Now – if only this website would eliminate the comments section. Or make it visible only for paid subscriptions. OR – made it possible to hide comments for paid subscriptions. Then no one would have to see my comments! :-)

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    Ellis97  over 2 years ago

    Things used to be so much simpler when there wasn’t any social media to bring us down.

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    iggyman  over 2 years ago

    Email is always trying to subscribe to political blogs (both sides by the way) I delete them as soon as I see them!

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    iggyman  over 2 years ago

    I use Facebook to keep track of all my far strung friend whom I haven’t seen in years but still like them and am interested how life is treating them!

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    chris_o42  over 2 years ago

    Go Comics and Comics Kingdom are how I start my day on-line with laughs. Then it’s check the e-mail and that’s pretty much it for me. Too much else to do than social media.

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    Fontessa  over 2 years ago

    Every now and then, I believe that I can see into the future. I looked at “social media” way back when and decided it was tar pit.

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    Kayak_Brian  over 2 years ago

    It works both ways; I can leave a comment on here but not look at the replies. Bliss…

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    diskus Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Next step, stop watching the news. Youll be elated. Dont worry the important stuff manages to get to ya.

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    Zebrastripes  over 2 years ago

    I agree with Neighbor Bob!

    Gave up FB and never missed it!

    GC are the only “social media” I’m on….

    Happy happy happy

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    Gameguy49 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I beat Bob. I’ve never social media’d at all. Years ago, when it was new, I looked in on Facebook and decided, NOPE don’t need any of that!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’m even more happy because I never started. Someone said “Facebook is the Tool of the Devil” and while too lazy to look it up, I agree.

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    Goat from PBS  over 2 years ago

    Neighbor Bob playing 3D chess. Checkmate, Rat!

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    JudyAz  over 2 years ago

    Bob’s been very happy ever since he got fired from that job at Microsoft

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    Cary Rodda Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’m not usually on Neighbor Bob’s side, but…

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    old_geek  over 2 years ago

    But, I get all these likes.

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    raybarb44  over 2 years ago

    May not be the key to happiness but it is one way to reduce stress…..

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    hoffquotes2  over 2 years ago

    News flash. People read Pearls online :)

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    txmystic  over 2 years ago

    Never have I joined facebook or twitter, and I have watched in bewilderment for the last 15 years as people seem to derive their self-worth from social media cred. It seems to be nothing more than a very insidious drug luring the masses with the siren song of likes.

    …I’ll check back later to see how many likes this comment gets…

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    Bookworm  over 2 years ago

    I think it’s some kind of zen thing; if you post an insult on social media but the target never sees it, does it make an impact?

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    snowedin, now known as Missy's mom  over 2 years ago

    I’m not glued to my screen all day, but our small town has a very large group of closely-knit people who honestly care about each other, and rally around anyone burned out, or who is very ill, etc. It’s quite nice.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I don’t think I use Facebook the way most do. I get alerts from family members, photos mostly, and I enjoy that. I’ll check marketplace from time to time as i like to buy and sell. Otherwise I don’t hang around. There’s plenty of other, better information sources.

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    Thehag  over 2 years ago

    Interesting that (it seems) people think of FB as an all or nothing sort of venue. Perhaps that is just FB hype.

    I use it sparingly. Don’t take it seriously.

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    Doofus18IsMe  over 2 years ago

    I have no “social media” presence. “Social Media” is not “social” and is not “media”. I have plenty of interesting things to do that actually involve other human beings and don’t involve a keyboard. When I want to communicate with someone, I do the radical thing – I call them – or (gasp) visit them. Anyone facing a monitor and using a keyboard and feels like they are being “social” is welcome to that and any other confused thinking they wish to have. No Facebook, no Instagram, no Whatsup, no crap tunnels of advertising blitzes coming my way. Happy :-)

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    pearlyqim  over 2 years ago

    I took a year break from Facebook. Sure didn’t miss it.

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    donwestonmysteries  over 2 years ago

    Me too. Facebook too.

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    Doofus18IsMe  over 2 years ago

    I have no social media presence. “Social Media” is neither “social” nor “media”. I have a very full life without the ridiculous blizzard of advertising.

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    Doofus18IsMe  over 2 years ago

    If I want to communicate with someone, I (gasp) call them. With close friends, texting is fun. Otherwise, no Facebook, Instagram, Whatsup or other ridiculous tunnel for marketing bombardment or trolling idiocy. For those that enjoy, be happy! For those that don’t, be unhappy! Matters none to me either way.

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    unca jim  over 2 years ago

    Todd Snider says it best about “Statistics”.. See: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10155453871177623

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    SofaKing  over 2 years ago

    I quit Facebook when it became obvious who the Republican nominee would be in 2016. I don’t miss it one bit.

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    smorbie the great and beautiful  over 2 years ago

    I find your statistics to be spot on. :3

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 2 years ago

    Happiness is a choice.

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    DaBump Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Got along fine without social media posts before, maybe it’s time we dropped Twitter etc. entirely again.

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    Sisyphos  over 2 years ago

    What’s this, then? A Neighbor Bob wins one over Rat?!

    YAY for Neighbor Bob! —Smartest Neighbor Bob in a long, log time!

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    aussie399 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately rat’s outlook is, or appears to be, that of at least a large minority of (anti) social media users.Although I does do SOME good I believe the world would be a much better place if all the various types disappeared completely, and retrospectively

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    Darth Revan II  over 2 years ago

    Whoah… that’s genius!

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    alantain  4 months ago

    I have better things to do than have my self-esteem ripped to shreds because some people lie better than I do. Trimming my nose hair, for instance.

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