The Amish of America are the last people you would think to see on Facebook, but in reality they have flourishing group on Facebook.
Michael J. Coren, in a Quartz article, wrote about how the amish are making the choice to adopt new technologies into Amish culture. Facebook to the Amish is much a choice rather than inevitable necessity. Personally to me, Facebook is just a tool to figure out what is going on around campus, besides that, I don’t use it. I choose not to use social media because I don’t see a need for anybody to know what is going on in my day to day life. Much like the Amish, I like to think of every consumer product as a choice of my own free will. Facebook is a consumer product and their goal is to keep you online as long as they can so they can monitor everything you’re doing on and off the web.
“They watch what happens to people in the outside world and decide if that technology is something they want to adopt for themselves.”Jameson Wetmore- Arizona State Prof.
The funny thing about the Amish though, is that as technology gets larger, so does the Amish community. Wetmore also notes that the retention of Amish youth in the Amish community has increased significantly from the 1960s and 70s. While in the 1960s the retention of youth was at 75% before it is now around 95%. Maybe the Amish have something going for them? I don’t but I agree in the fact that like being Amish is a choice, so is Using Facebook.