Facebook has been around for the last decade and has changed lives considerably over that time. In celebration of its 10th birthday, it’s worth looking into the different ways people think, react and act, due to the social networking website.
1. People Connect More on Social Media
With the introduction of social media, people are choosing the internet as a way to connect more. Facebook was once a place for people to share their photos of nights out, joke through statuses and interact with friends and family abroad. It is now a place for political debates, baby photos and updates and rants about life, in general.
However, this has led to people viewing their friends in different a light. People “unfriend” those that they no longer agree with, see too many of the same types of updates or find that they no longer have anything in common with them.
2. Young People Create Own Language
New languages have been created between young people as a way to keep their conversations completely private. This has been around before the social media giant, but Facebook has helped to boost the creativity. However, children have also found that parents and guardians are becoming more up to date with the private languages to snoop on their children’s activities.
This was noted by Lisa Whittaker, who was carrying out a postgraduate study through the University of Stirling. She found teenagers between 16 and 18 would go beyond the text abbreviations, like removing vowels, to make works unfamiliar to those who did not understand the distortions.
3. New Phrases and Different Meanings Behind Words
Over the last decade, Facebook has changed lives by adding new meanings to common words. Terms like “wall” and “friend” have a unique meaning when talking about the social media site. New phrases have also been added, such as “did you like my picture?” meaning did the person actually click the like button through the networking website.
“Status” has become one of the most common terms since the introduction of the social media giant, and it has become more egotistical than some may mean. Instead of telling someone what they mean, a person will simply ask “well, didn’t you see my status?” and expect a reply.
4. Parents and Employers Using Social Media to Snoop
With people spending so much time on the social networking websites, parents and employers have taken to snooping on Facebook pages. Parents will create accounts and “friend” their children, while employers will snoop on accounts where the privacy levels are lax. This has led to some teenagers leaving the site to get away from their parents.
Potential employers are now using the social media site to assess whether a candidate is right for the job. They will look at photos uploaded and the type of status updates made. Whether this is ethical or not is a major question, but it has changed life completely.
The social media giant has made many changes over the last 10 years, and there are likely many more to come. Over the last decade, it has changed lives completely. So, the question is: how will Facebook change lives in the future?
Editorial by Alexandria Ingham