Communication versus Popularity
The world is not constant. Life is not constant. It is evolution that is constant. We live in a world that is continuously changing and advancing to meet the needs of our human society.
From the dawn of times up until now, look how far we have developed in communication technology; from the invention of the telegraph, to the telephone, to the radio, to the television, to the Internet. Our channel of communications will never cease to stop progressing, and social media is not an exception.
The invention of Facebook has proved as a great new method to mass communication. It has benefited social relationships with one another, being able to keep in contact with people at the click of a mouse. But as the years have gone by, humanity has been gradually destroying the initial integrity that Facebook once held by creator Mark Zuckerberg. Everything on the social networking site has now become a contest. People aren’t simply posting photos or status updates of events in their life, there are now pages in which people can post and get “likes” of pictures of half-naked girls or pages in which political agendas are being thrown in your face, where citizens can comment on their hatred for something.
This isn’t what communication online should be about on social networking sites such as Facebook. It was originally made just to keep in contact with your peers. All other aspects of life such as companies, jobs, politics, and religion have been integrated into this site. Sure, it makes networking more valuable in terms of marketing or having a chance to voice your opinion on a matter, but at the same time it squanders the system. The value of genuine personal communication has been lost. Everything has simply just become a popularity contest.
Way of life or just a fad? Which one is the truth? There is no factor that can accurately predict this other than time. And though not enough time has elapsed yet in order to more precisely answer this question, it can be inferred through prior experience as a civilization that Facebook is just a fad. As I stated previously, evolution is constant, and Facebook is just another product of our ever-advancing technological society. The social media network has already evolved from its origin and continues to keep evolving.
Soon there will be other social networking sites that overpower that of our current ones such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Popularity can only cling on to its domineering roots for so long. These sites may hold their ground for the next decade or two, but over time, their influence will start to diminish, and humanity will have moved on to something bigger and better.