It's Facebook. Get Over It.
This past week, Facebook made some changes on how people receive their news feed. The wall page looks different and top news is highlighted. This has upset a great many people who feel that in some way their page is being violated. I’m the first to admit that I am not that technologically advanced, but in the whole scheme of things, is this really that big a deal?
First of all, Facebook is free. It isn’t a service that you pay for. Everyone who has access to a computer can have an account. In a time where everything is increasing in cost, this is something anyone, no matter what their income level can enjoy. There isn’t much out there that can lay the same claim.
Second, it is social media. It is basically something people do for fun. Yes, I can get information about my town, school district, and favorite stores in a timely matter. I can see postings that are news related and get alerts for sites that I follow. I have reconnected with people I knew well in my past and find messaging convenient. But, it doesn't run my life.
I am a generation or two removed from the young people who rely on texting, posting, and tweeting as their main form of communication. When I was young, the telephone was how you contacted people. There was never any confusion regarding what you were saying or what you meant. Sure, we spent hours talking, but for some reason the connection seemed more real. I am willing to accept that time moves along and with that comes change.
Lastly, anything that takes up too much of your life is not a good thing. I don’t have hundreds of friends, and don’t have a million likes. I don’t add someone on who I never talked to in the past. Maybe we went to the same school but there was never a personal connection. I don’t follow celebrities and don’t play games. I am probably in the minority when it comes to that.
Facebook seems to make changes often. To me it doesn’t really matter, and it is my decision to use or not use what they offer. Imagine what we could accomplish if the passion that people feel for social media and entertainment could be diverted to issues of real importance. World hunger, education, poverty, pollution are a few that come to mind. People can live without Facebook.