Before I begin with this blog I want you all to take a look at this video.
Weird? Freaky? If this happened to you tomorrow what would you do? You would probably call the guards and report the person for harassment, graffiti, and borderline stalking. Yet take this to the world wide web and this is not only normal, its encouraged! I am of course talking about Facebook. Facebook was set up in 2004 and was initially meant to be for the use of college students, however 9 years later and it is safe to say that this is definitely not the case. Facebook is now the worlds largest and most popular social networking site with over 500 million users worldwide. In Ireland alone over half of our population are users of Facebook as these statistics show.
This brings me to the topic at hand. Is Facebook taking over our lives? This is a hard question to answer but I know that for me at least I can admit that Facebook is a big part of my daily life. I can’t remember the last time I went through a day and have not scrolled through my Facebook timeline at least 4 times on my phone and have accessed it through my laptop. Even now as I am writing this blog I am resisting the urge to open up another window and take a “quick” look through Facebook. I have sometimes even gone as far as logging off on my laptop and logging on on my phone a few minutes later. I think that the idea of knowing what everyone you know is up to at any given time and essentially being let in on their plans is part of this appeal of Facebook. However from my own experiences I believe that a lot of my scrolling is purely down to boredom, be it while I’m waiting on a bus or train, waiting on a Tv show, or even in a boring college lecture. However by saying this I am not saying that I am one of those people that is always constantly bombarding your newsfeed with boring non-interesting statuses like “So bored” or “Having dinner now, its lovely”. Quite frankly I hate those kind of people (thats what Twitter is for!) and am always tempted to click “hide from newsfeed” or even “unfriend”. I can usually go for days, even weeks without posting a status on Facebook, nonetheless I am still nearly constantly snooping.
But does this make me a Facebook addict? Are you a Facebook addict? You should take a look at this interesting article
This article contains 10 key symptoms of Facebook addiction, how many of them can you say you suffer from? I myself can identify at least 5 that I can relate to so I would consider this as an “enthusiast” more than an addict. Nonetheless its still pretty evident that Facebook is becoming more and more a part of our lives. How many times have you heard a sentence end with ” Yeah I know I saw it on Facebook”?. This is something I hear numerous times, and I doubt I’m the only one! And with so many businesses beginning to interact with their customers primarily through Facebook as opposed to the traditional customer complaint landline it won’t be long until Facebook becomes our primary form of communication. That thought in itself is frankly terrifying. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg!!
Now if you excuse me I’m off to check my Facebook…