When Facebook started getting massively popular, everyone was like, “c’mon, you gotta join.” My main question was, why is everyone making this to be so much better than all the others like Friendster or MySpace? The best answer I got was that it was easier to find people on Facebook. I guess but once you find them what do you do with them? It might be just me but I never ended up reconnecting with anyone besides a couple messages of small talk?
That’s really all it is after a while. It’s a resume, applying for the position of the admiration of other people. Pictures of people on vacation, of their kids, with friends, here, there, that, nothing. What is it really accomplishing? It’s just a display to people giving the impression that they live a worthy life. Okay, so that’s you standing in front of the Eiffel Tower letting me know that you’ve been to Paris. You’ll also notice people only take pictures of food when it’s somewhat fancy. You’ll never see pictures of a McDonald’s meal cause no one is going to be even a little envious.
Perhaps, I’m just being critical since blogging can be very similar. You post stuff hoping people will read, like, comment. I think the big difference is the intended use of the site. I’ve never seen anything on anyone’s Facebook page that shows the deep or darker side of one’s life or anything that needed effort put into it. No one on Facebook is displaying how poor they are or how genuinely shitty they feel everyday or any interesting ideas. The most personal message you will see is a ‘status update’ that they had a bad day. It’s just like a resume in that you only show your bright spots and leave out anything that might reflect poorly upon your image.
Wouldn’t it be a riot if I wrote my posts on Facebook on topics such as ‘having kids is selfish’ or ‘your friends really aren’t your friends’ or ‘does happiness exist?” It would be considered rude and out of line but it would piss people off and that would be funny. People would be telling me to get out of here with that crap then I could tell them to stop uploading photos of their girlfriend cause her face bugs me. So I guess Facebook is suppose to be a place of happiness and envy.
In the end, any type of blogging or social media is for connecting with other people. As superficial a connection Facebook may provide it’s still a connection. One can tell themselves those connections mean something and truly believe it. Facebook is like a life outside of life. Possibly an escape where a person can show the good side of their face but never have to worry about revealing anything undesirable about themselves. So I guess it could be rightly renamed, Fakebook.