If you joined Facebook back when it launched in 2004, there was a 99.9% chance you were a college student, because that was the requirement fifteen years ago. Fast forward to current times, and our new feeds flood us with ridiculous stories revolving around unlikely news sources, and cute puppy videos sent from grandma.
As Facebook veered off the track of keeping college students connected through classes and course work, users couldn’t help but experience an awful taste in their mouths. Now, there were forced ads and they had to sharing a social media website with their parents. As such, it was no longer cool, and we began to see the rise in competitor sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat.
In fact, less than ten percent of Facebook users are between the ages of 13-19. On the other end of the spectrum is the sixty and up age group which sits at less than fifteen percent.
Being that Facebook was the first social media site to emerge after MySpace, humans finally had a moment to overshare their “finest” moments in life. While that’s great, lives were/are fabricated to the point of delusion without the turmoil that we are unwilling to share. These moments of exposure have led to the connection between mental illness and social media.
If your friends’ posts aren’t enough to push you over the edge, let’s talk about Facebook selling your information to advertisers. A feature conveniently set to active unless you switch it off. However, with new laws coming into play in individual states, we will see a shift in power in terms of our privacy.
With the looming fall of social media’s first giants, there may be enough people to keep it alive. Some are addicted to the format, as it has been the longest running. Most of these people have not only linked up their personal lives but their professional ones as well, meaning they would have to start from scratch somewhere else. Something that is more time consuming than filtering out a timeline feed.
We live in a world where we have forgotten how to connect with the person in front of us, but don’t shy away from bullying a stranger on the other end of a computer screen. With the advancement of social media, apps that allow us to move swifter and quicker through the fluff are our way to a better future.
Hopefully, Facebook will get the memo before their remaining users jump ship.