What effect is Facebook having on our daily lifes? Are we missing out on real life and real friends?
Facebook update,,“Lolololol, OMG! I’ve been “tagged” in a pic and I look awful, the pic has been “liked” thirty times and I had to “unfriend” three people lmao! Soooo bored!”
Do you understand what I’m talking about here? If the answer is yes then you will be a regular user of Facebook, and let’s face it, who isn’t? (Excuse the pun)
Ok first the boring stats, approximately 1 in every 13 people on Earth is a Facebook user. In addition, 57% of people talk to people more online than they do in real life. Facebook has more than 500 million active users. 50% of the users log on to Facebook in any given day. (even these figures are probably out of date by the time you read this).
I use Facebook, I have direct family in North Wales as friends marked up on Facebook, as I live miles away in Manchester, and it’s refreshing to see what they are doing in between ringing them and visiting them, I also have real life friends who I meet and chat to face to face, am I a weirdo? Lol (woops!). I would question myself if I had over 500 friends that I had never met, and posted a message every 15 minutes throughout the day to tell everyone (complete strangers) that “OMG I’m bored!” or “LOL I’m suffering from a hangover from last night!”
Why am I bored?
I think the most popular comment is the one above, “I’m bored!”. Why I wonder? Could it be that the majority of users have plenty of time on their hands i.e. kids, teenagers, and parents who have a day slot away from the kids while they are at school? I don’t know!
Hey might I suggest people organise activity clubs, take a walk in the park, visit their friends, take up a hobby, painting and the like? Don’t be daft Jimi!, why should they when they can put the kettle on, sit at the computer and chat away in a comfy (addictive) world and see who else is bored?
Maybe some proof of this are the games that people play, Casino games, poker, running a virtual farm ( I know someone who gets up at 5am just to feed the chickens!), shooting bubbles, all these games rank high in the Web ratings and I’m sure no one would play them if they were not linked to your profile, but they are all simple, slow loading bad graphic games, there are quality games to be had on and off the web, but who cares? That’s not the point, its convenient, and something to do.
Image if I invited you around, imposed my guitar mad music on you, while showing you my family album and pictures of my nights out, and just before you went home caused an almighty row by commenting how bad your family were, or how scummy your boyfriend was? I don’t think you would be too impressed, yet people do exactly this on their post’s in between brews in a safe virtual like world that seems unconnected to the real world.
Is that the attraction I wonder, is it escapism from the real world, are people too lazy to connect face to face, or is there literally nothing else to do for teenagers, kids and adults, or am I barking up the wrong tree as usual and is it simply a fun way to connect to your “friends”?
What does the future hold? If I knew that I would invest in it at an early stage, but thinking outside the box, lets keep everything close to that kettle, how about doing the weekly shop on your log in page, paying the bills on your favourites page, messaging work, contacting the doctors, teaching the kids on the school page, having virtual nights out where you don’t have to get a taxi home, paying your income tax or car tax, banking, identity check, it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as you log in and the kettles on for the next brew, and it beats doing it for real.
See you soon, Jimi.