Another excuse to make-out
Whether it is because writers fear that discussing this will implicate them in unseemly behavior, or at least seem like an endorsement of it, or because Facebook is understandably stingy with its analytics data so that no one can prove what we all believe is happening. The truth is, during its 2006-2009 heyday, Facebook was so wildly popular specifically because it had no privacy settings and no one thought about what they posted.
Look no further than David Fincher's "The Social Network," which while fictionalized, has the ring of what Stephen Colbert calls "truthiness." When stripped of the drama and the Freudian psychoanalysis why did "Mark Zuckerberg" invent "The Facebook"? Because he wanted to look at pictures of women.
Not the abundance of scantily clad women available on the internet, but pictures of women that he interacted with on the Harvard campus . . . women he may want to date. Facebook was invented as a combination of low-key stalking and very soft-core porn.
To paraphrase Betty Francis (Draper) "Facebook, like everything else these days, is just another excuse to make-out."
It was voyeurism that made the site so thrilling when it became available to all adults -- not just college students. "Cyber-stalking" became standard dating practice for singles (of both sexes) during this time. "Does he have cute friends?" "Does she have photos from the beach?" "Do they have weird hobbies or strange political beliefs?"
While Facebook may not have actively encouraged this, it certainly wanted it. Clicking through every photo on a person's profile can generate high audience engagement. Not all of the interests were that prurient, but we've learned our lesson. "Don't put that on Facebook, or you'll never get a job".
Unlike its predecessors MySpace and Friendster, it would be more difficult for Facebook to simply fade away. It has become the Internet's phone book (LinkedIn is its Rolodex). Most companies have employees, if not whole departments, dedicated to Facebook outreach. Brands all have pages, and many are taking a chance on the sponsored post idea, but are they posting to an empty room?
Young people are still setting up Facebook pages, but more out of obligation than the thrill of the kids of seven years ago who were discovering something new and exciting. For their thrill-seeking, they've moved on to Snapchat, Instagram and other new apps. The only Facebook feature that teens and twenty-something users regularly interact with is chat, which is notoriously impossible to monetize. It's a communications tool, not a fun site to spend the day surfing.
What Grandma has to say
Older core users are then stuck in the equivalent of a stale marriage. What were once newsfeeds filled with beaches and nightclubs are now filled with puppies, kids, the occasional dinner out or the family vacation. News feeds that were once checked every few minutes are now checked every few days. The thrill is gone, but our lives are too intertwined to separate.
There is already nostalgia for the "old Facebook."
One group that has really taken to Facebook is seniors, who view it as a good way to stay in touch with their far-flung families and friends. They can look at pictures of their grandchildren and find out what happened to that kid from their high school that never came back to town. They can engage in political conversations or religious debates. Facebook has probably done wonders to help the loneliness of our elderly population, but this only increases Facebook's problem with the younger demographic. If you thought your dad might give you a hard time about that revealing dress you wore to the club last night, just wait till you hear what Grandma has to say.
So what's Facebook to do? It can't go back to the Wild West days of no privacy settings. It can't turn its back on corporate promotions. It can't be all things to all people. But is there any way to make it fun again?
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I don't have a facebook account. I don't give a crap what you're having for dinner or what you did all day. I don't care if your husband is being an **** or if you have nothing to wear. I don't want to see your drunk-**** group pictures or have sheep thrown at me.
I believe anyone whose house has been broken into because they were bragging to everyone that they were on vacation in Mexico for 3 weeks and you're stupid enough to post pictures of yourself out of the country all over the internet deserves exactly what they get. I also believe anyone who posts pictures of themselves drunk or high or whatever, then gets fired or doesn't get a job, deserves EXACTLY what they get.
They don't realize that once a picture or whatever is posted on the internet, it's there forever. Even if you delete it and close your account, it's still there.
This is the stupidest article I have ever read. First off, if you use Facebook for drunk/hungover statuses and dancing on bar videos you need to reevaluate your life. Grow up. My Facebook keeps me connected with family all over the country and I love it. I love seeing the baby pictures of cousins I will not get to meet unless I make a 5 hour long drive.
I was a senior in high school when facebook was introduced to the world, and do you know what made it so cool? I had to wait until my freshman college orientation to sign up! Because you could not have a facebook account without a college email address. That's what made it unique and fun. It was a place for college kids (especially freshman) to connect with the people they meet in orientation, on campus, in class, etc. Where we did not have to worry about being catfished, or creepy old men, or PARENTS. I remember the day when Facebook opened up to the public masses, where you no longer had to be in college to sign up, and all of us college kids were furious, and this is why. We could foresee the demise of an online college community that we loved. RIP Facebook.
Yeah, the very first time I saw facebook, I thought how dangerous it might be in terms of privacy and such. Now that has totally come to fruition. It's still terrible too -- I can't tell you the number of websites (this one included), which will post things to your wall, FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE, without even close to the kind of safeguards that I consider to be appropriate for that kind of public communication. Bottom line: facebook is trash. I hope it dies, soon.
If you have 3 different facebook accounts you have way too much free time on your hands or as I
suspect you aren't doing your job right///////////////////
Great article. My Mom's on FaceBook...that ought to do it in. I have a Facebook account and my picture is on it. I just never felt compelled to write anything or post anything. But then my birthday came and I got all these congrads, then I noticed my favorite Yahoo Vet groups were migrating to Facebook. And how did I get all these friends some I don't even know. At least I had the presence of mind not to expose my whole address book. And I keep getting these e-mail telling me people I don't even know want to be my friend.
But through all this I have kept my Luddite dues paid up and do my best to resist technology. No one knows how much I drink, smoke, chase women and no one has broken into my house and I prefer to keep it that way.
I got it, I ignore it and it amuses me!
from my experience... the older people are the worse ( parents, aunts...) ... example : My mother (60) has deleted and blocked me twice and acted like a teenager on it ! Now we don't speak at all. I now have 8 people now on my FB, real friends, real people who I would actually keep company with and people who I want to let into my life and privacy. These people that have 100's of friends... really? It's not a popularity contest.
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