Facebook: Almost A Drug

Your alarm goes off early morning and it’s time to start your day. You finally roll your way out of bed (after hitting snooze at least once or twice), you’re up on your feet and the process of getting ready has begun. So what’s one of the first things you do?

If you’re like me, and 48% of other 18 to 34 year olds, one of the first things you do when you wake up is check your Facebook.

Yesterday, Jolie O’Dell published an article that is currently trending on Mashable discussing this Facebook trend which has become so second nature for people all over the world that it’s become part of our daily routine. When I open my internet browser, more often than not the very first website I log into is Facebook. According to the infographic O’Dell provided, about 1 in every 13 people in the entire world has a Facebook account. So, she wonders, is this Facebook obsession a good thing or a bad thing?

I think it’s obvious that Facebook has revolutionized the PR game for the better. There is no more waiting on people to come to your company or organization’s website to find things out for themselves. In today’s social media, we as an audience expect two-way communication with our favorite brands so that we can offer praise when it’s due and complaints when we’re dissatisfied. Facebook makes this easier with its Facebook Pages so that people can “Like” their favorite brands and organizations and stay up to date with them.  After all, with 48% of young Americans saying they get their recent news stories straight from their Facebook news feeds in 2010, it’s clear that the world’s Facebook addiction is only on the rise.

With that said, I don’t think the Facebook trend is a bad thing. Sure it’s different from the past, where people picked up newspapers to read about breaking news and had to take their disposable cameras into places like CVS or Sam’s Club to develop pictures they’ve taken, but I can’t see how this change is a bad thing. Now, news is more immediate and you find out the latest not more than an hour after it breaks out. Now, your New Year’s Eve pictures can be viewed and published online in only a few minutes (Facebook saw 750 million photos uploaded over New Year’s weekend). I’ll admit our generation is becoming more technology dependent to the point where I don’t know if kids 20 years from now will know how to read a map if their GPS gets busted. However, as long as we make sure we keep some of our old traditions strong, I think we’ll be okay.

57% of people say they talk to more people online than they do in person. That may be a little scary but I’m hoping people won’t forget the importance of face-to-face interaction over the next decade.

It’s when people start going on internet dates and having family gatherings via Facebook that I’ll start wondering if this is getting a little out of hand!

Read the original article posted by O’Dell here.


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