I’ve been a member of Facebook since mid-2006 and when I first registered to the site it was fun, I used to play all sorts of games that were on offer, I enjoyed uploading photos and videos, chatting with friends and reconnecting with people I haven’t spoken to in a very long time.
I remember a game on Facebook where you fought other players and got points, I can’t remember what it was called but it was addictive and fun.
It was fun coming up with events for nights out at the weekend, that way we could always better organize everything. Or joining groups you were interested in like say, “People of Duckmanton Primary School”.
But it seems now though Facebook isn’t something you do for fun, it’s something you do for necesscity, where if you’re not on Facebook you’re considered mental. Parents are using Facebook to track their childrens movements and while a good idea, parents have never needed to do this before.
Uploading photo’s is just something you do now out of habit rather than because it’s a fun thing to do.
This may not be the case for everyone but it’s certainly the case for me.
And “friends”. Don’t even get me started on friends, before I used to try and get as many as possible. Now I like to keep it trim, getting rid of the clutter, there is an option to hide peoples status’ now but really, if you don’t want to see anything they post why bother having them on your friends list at all?
The thing is though when you remove people off of your artificial friends list, it seems to end actual friendships aswell!
My mate Ray joined Facebook about a week after I did in 2006, was on it for six months and then got rid of his account, he hasn’t used it since, I envy him because instead of checking a stupid website every day he actually goes out to see his friends.
I removed four friends off of Facebook, Ella, Liam, Rachel and Ryan, because I already had all of their accounts hidden from my news feed, mainly because they only talked about what they did the night before, or it was Ryan “facebook raping” (lovely term) Rachel every two minutes. Funny at first but it gets old very quickly and it was becoming tiresome.
So I removed them all then I don’t speak to any of them for five weeks until I went out last weekend with Liam. The other three I still haven’t spoken to, Liam said they all think I’ve fallen out with them. Fallen out with them over what? I was then said that they weren’t happen about me removing them either… Has it really come to the point if you want to remain friends with someone you must have them on your friendslist?
Sorry I don’t want to see every little bit of shit you post every two minutes, spamming my news feed.
If they want to be like that though, fine, that’s their decision, if a friendship is based on a friendship on a social networking site then it really has no real basis.
The one thing I remember from 5 years ago was that Facebook was fun to use. But every time we get a new update of Facebook it seems to please no one. I certainly prefer the way Facebook used to look than the way it does now. It just seems to get worse everytime they piss around with it, the mobile Facebook website certainly hasn’t been working correctly for me for awhile now.
Then there’s the privacy issues everyone keeps banging on about, as a default they make it easier for them to search for you, so? You can still be as private as you want to be all you have to do is spend 5 seconds going to your account details.
But the thing that annoys me the most is that for one reason or another I’m not able to leave Facebook as a user, if I deactivate my account I get loads of texts either asking me why I’ve blocked them or am I in a mood because I’ve deactivated my account.
“Pete’s not on Facebook.”
“Oh he’s probably in a mood.”
But not only that if I do leave and ignore all the texts I get, I then get very bored because I’m not reading what everyone else is doing! If I’m sat at work or on break there’s nothing else I do than check Facebook. Maybe it’s just out of fear of being the last person to know or missing out on something big.
There are a ton of other reasons why Facebook is bad and there’s probably more bad to opening an account than there is good.
I was fine before Facebook came out, now I just can’t seem to get rid of it, it’s like a drug. If Jedward is the cancer of television, Facebook is certainly the cancer of the internet.
I predict it won’t be long until there’s a Facebook’s Anonymous support group. When that happens that’s when we’ve failed as a civilization.
Thanks Zuckerberg for ruining my life.