By Thea O’Dell
“Hey, friend me on Facebook!”
This is an expression that you’ll hardly hear anyone from our generation say anymore. It seemed like just yesterday, all of us thrived on checking our Facebook daily- if not hourly. Now, it could almost be considered a rarity to want to log in and see what notifications await us.
There’s no question that social media is huge in our society now, but of all of the outlets we now have access to, why is it Facebook that has suddenly lost its spark?
This social networking service first became available to everyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address in September 2006 and immediately exploded. And for good reason- it balanced the ideas of multi-functionality and being user-friendly, something that MySpace greatly lacked. It was marketed as a site that all generations could use and it became easier than ever to find old friends, new friends and people that could be potential friends with one simple search bar.
When we were freshmen in high school, if you didn’t have a Facebook profile you were pretty “uncool.” We all strived to get a bounty of likes on our statuses and profile pictures and made sure that our biographies only portrayed us as truly unique individuals.
But then, like a sudden shift in the universe, Facebook has become the newest toy on Misfit Island and no one seems to have time in their day to even check their newsfeed.
Most people like to blame Twitter and Instagram for this sudden loss of Facebook interest, but in reality, Facebook simply became boring. People on the site now have no reason to scroll through a constant cascade of viral videos, meaningless statuses and random photos when half of these posts are from friends they hardly talk to or see anymore.
The only upside to this source of social media is that you can keep connections with people that you may not get to see as often as you like- but then again, isn’t that what email or phones are for?
Furthermore, the craze of liking every relatable or hilarious Facebook page such as “Pretending to Text In an Awkward Situation” has now come back to bite us with spam from these so-called awesome pages with all of these links to advertisements or weird memes that no one really finds that entertaining anymore.
As painful as this is for Mark Zuckerberg to hear, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr have essentially eliminated the junk that now constantly clogs Facebook and made it easier than ever to cut through that and truly just see what interests you.
For example, Twitter and Instagram have allowed people to really feel like they know their favorite celebrities or public figures with the simple push of a follow button. Once someone has decided to become a “follower”, they instantly are able to see their posts that can include their everyday life or a sneak peak into the glamorous life of the famous.
Humans are naturally curious creatures, so having the ability to instantaneously know what their friends or favorite celebrities are thinking or doing by the minute is revolutionary compared to what Facebook has to offer with its somewhat random and useless newsfeed.
Seeing an inspirational video or cute photo from a cousin or friend from junior high is fine every once in a while but to put it simply: no one wants to voluntarily be involved in a social media site that their grandma also uses.
So as of now, it’s a farewell to the once faithful Facebook and hello to sites that condone “tweeting” and photo filters that can make anyone look like America’s Next Top Model.
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Facebook is becoming irrelevant
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