I love Facebook, but only on days ending in the letter y. On the other days, I hate it. While there is no doubt that Facebook does an amazing job of keeping us connected to our loved-ones, it also does a great job of wasting our otherwise effective time. For years now, creator Mark Zuckerberg has been sneaking doses of Facebook into the world’s internet diet, and now we’re all addicted. So what is there to love about Facebook? What is there to hate? I believe there are 5 different reasons for both.
1. It’s funny: I have some strange friends. These strange friends often find strange things on the internet, and then post them on Facebook. It is usually a comment, video or news article. Now, thanks to my friends on Facebook who share stuff that makes them laugh, I get a good laugh too.
2. It keeps us connected: Facebook has allowed for us to stay in touch with one another on a larger and more practical scale than ever before. Orphans have sought out their scientific parents, highschool flames have rejoined, and one – night stands from that bachelor party in Las Vegas have come back with a baby in their arms. But best of all, you can easily stay in touch with good friends from your past.
3. Chat: I remember how easy AOL Instant Messenger made it for me to ask girls out in the 5th grade. A lot has changed since my youth and I now use Facebook chat to ask girls out. It’s a simple, quick, and practical way to talk with friends who happen to be online while you are.
4. Photographs: This number one reason why I love Facebook. Many Facebook users upload photos like it’s their job. Whether of a recent backpacking trip around Europe or a best friends wedding, give it one week and you will have photos of it. Just tell your friends to ‘tag’ you and photos from a range of quality, opinions and angles will start to pour in. It is the simplest way to get and post photos online.
5. Strange status updates: I would much rather hear a strange status update like, “farted in my car on the way to work and almost lost my breakfast” than a sad or mundane update about what you ate for breakfast.
1. Emotional status updates: If you update your status, I would prefer it to be insightful, funny, useful, or as I previously mentioned, straight up strange. If you are fishing for compliments with updates like “feel fat, going to the gym” or seeking help with “life sucks right now,” then please go somewhere else. You are fat and life doesn’t suck.
2. It’s addicting: Nicotine, alcohol, heroin, Facebook…same thing. If you feel like Facebook has you trapped under a frozen lake, without a hole for air, you might be addicted. In a generation marked by shorter attention spans, Mark Zuckerberg has provided a quick form of enjoyment where you and your friends are the subject matter. Now, with features like Facebook mobile, you can get your fix anytime, anywhere.
3. Mom and dad are on Facebook: As a young adult, the last thing you want Mom and Dad to know is everything you’re up to, complete with photographs to look at and comments to read. In the starting years, Facebook was strictly for college students. Today, grandma can sign up and check out what kind of shenanigans her 16 year old grand daughter is up to. Uh oh grandma.
4. Friend suggestions: This is a fairly recent and quite pesky feature. Facebook will allow you to send or receive messages offering friend recommendations. Facebook also provides a tool that creates a list of people it thinks you should be friends with. Who are you, computer, to tell me who to be friends with? That is annoying, and what’s more frustrating is that there isn’t a physical, tangible being that I can blame and/or tell to piss off.
5. Unknown friend requests: I don’t understand this. No random person on the street has ever contacted me and asked me to be their friend. Why then, does this happen all the time on Facebook? If I’m not friends with you in real life, I’m not going to be friends with you on the internet.