I was going to name this post “Facebook: A Necessary Evil,” but that really made me question the adjective. Is the popular site actually a necessity. Well…yes, and no — but mostly no. Time to finish that post I promised a couple days ago.
I made a Facebook account two years ago to this day. (Nerrrddd, how do you remember? It was on my sixteenth birthday. And yes, happy birthday to me.) It’ll sound cliche to say so, but it really has changed my life. And I’m not entirely sure it’s for the better. Sure, I’ve seen and experienced the benefits, but do they outweigh the detriments?
Well, the short answer is no. But before I bash on it, let me give credit where it’s due. Facebook is a pretty phenomenal social platform in terms of how well it keeps you connected with your friends. Heh, with your “friends.” The biggest benefit of facebook is that it helps you instantly connect with your friends. Being someone who doesn’t text every other second, I thought that was a huge plus for me. Other than that, facebook is useful in that it helps keep tabs on all my friends. Besides those two facts though, I’m going to say facebook has been completely useless otherwise.
It is with some chagrin that I had to ask myself what life was like without facebook. Goes to show the power of the site. But honestly, I think I was happier without it than I was with it. There is so much annoying stuff on the site, it really detracts from the experience. The security is pretty flawed in my opinion (or at least, a lot of teenagers are idiots). Social games are irritating. I don’t see why facebook expanded to include games and trending issues – wait, yes I do, it generates revenue. FOMO is a real thing, and I think anyone who denies it is a liar. I hate seeing stupid selfies – just please stop. And it’s intrusive as hell. Like jesus, I don’t feel the need to share my thoughts five times a day, though some people are pretty obsessive when it comes to that. And no one needs to know my personal information. And the door it opens for internet trolls and spam – good God.
So how was my life before facebook? I didn’t spend even half the time on my laptop I did compared to what I do now. I read a lot more. And I actually went outside and enjoyed the great weather. I really need to get back to that. I think once I get a new phone, one in which I can actually text when I want to, I’ll stop using facebook; maybe not completely, but I won’t log on more than once a day. I only use it today to message my friends – I don’t post stuff, because it’s useless. Other than the messaging, I would say facebook is pretty useless. If you use it to share material, let me redirect you to someting called reddit, or teach you what the google search bar does. People don’t need facebook, and I’m certainly going to try to distance myself from it soon.
So yeah, facebook is unquestionably an evil, but it’s far from necessary. In fact, if people actually have phones with good texting rates, I don’t see why they use it. I guess I’ll find out soon. I’m out.