The Takeover of Facebook

Everyones business is becoming everyone else’s business. 10 years ago Facebook didn’t even exist and now we can’t even imagine a day without it. A day without checking up on what all your 1000 friends are doing, where they are, and who they are with. It’s not only the younger generation who is obsessing over Facebook. It is everyone. My parents are both on Facebook and even my Grandma uses Facebook. As a junior in college most of my friends are abroad. Whenever I log on to my Facebook, I see bursts of pictures of my friends traveling all over the world. I too am abroad, studying in Barcelona, Spain. I am also posting pictures of everything that I am doing while here. It has become such a norm to post your life on Facebook that not posting it makes you feel like you are doing something wrong. It’s almost like you’re getting peer pressured into making a Facebook album or making a status just because everyone else is. Besides making Facebook albums and statuses it is also very popular to continuously update your profile picture and now even your cover photo. Specifically for those who are part of greek life at their university, their sorority or fraternity asks the members to change their cover photo to a specific picture to help recruit new members. They know that everyone looks at Facebook so what better way to promote their chapter than changing a cover photo. Its interesting how one simple thing will be seen by so many people.

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On people’s birthdays especially it’s very important to write a long wall post on your friends wall and include a collage of pictures. A simple phone call or text message wishing your friend a happy birthday isn’t enough anymore. Times have definitely changed and what used to be the norm no longer is. Facebook gives you notifications everyday to let you know whose birthday it is. Now, if you have a Facebook there are no excuses for forgetting your friends birthday.

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Everything now is open for the public to see and people want it that way. Facebook allows you to put your location. So not only do people know what you’re doing and who you are with  but they also know where you are. Facebook has become such a big part of peoples lives and truly removes all privacy from ones life.

Right now, Facebook does just about everything. It allows you to video chat, chat with your friends privately, make events, upload pictures and videos, join groups, tag your friends, and many other things. I can’t even imagine what Facebook will be like 5 years from now. Facebook is continuously adding new features so we all know that there is much more to come.

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