» How Facebook affects our lives
Facebook is not just a social media and the biggest website in the world. It is a service which has radically changed our lives. And it did it without our noticing, too.
Take the way we communicate, for example. It is now possible to stay in touch with your relatives and friends and keep absolutely quiet while doing so. Humanity has been using speech for tens of thousands of years. Compared to that, writing is a relatively new invention. Then, Facebook further revolutionized communication by allowing us to talk to each other without using our mouth muscles at all.
It is also worth noting the change in the very way we write to each other. Not so long ago, most people wrote e-mails. It used to be the standard way of both casual and official communication. Everybody had or at least was expected to have an e-mail – your family, your buddies, your business partners. Try and ask any of these people their e-mail now. It’s very likely that many of them won’t be able to. More surprisingly still, some of them are sure to say that they’ve stopped using it altogether. It would be a safe bet to say that e-mail is now used only in business scenarios. In casual conversations, it has been replaced by social media and messengers.
Facebook redirected all communications to its Messenger nice and easy. Here, no one needs convoluted paragraphs: everything is essentially a dialogue in the Q&A format. Notice the greetings, too. Now it is quite natural to “get to the point” right from the start, and even the classics like “Hey. How are you?” are fading away. Communication between people is a continuous information exchange, where there is time and place for text messages, links, images, videos, and audios, but where there is far less emotional input from the users themselves, compared to the way it was before the social media’s emergence.
As for Facebook’s impact on the way we buy and sell, we cannot overlook the rate at which advertising continues to be more and more actively embedded into our lives. Ask anyone online, and the answer will be the same: advertising is everywhere. No blockers can save you from all of it. On the contrary, that is exactly because of these blockers and Facebook that advertising has become native. In some cases, you cannot even be sure if a post or an article is an advertising or not.
Many experts argue that Facebook advertisers not only satisfy demand but create it, too. You can even ask yourself about the last educational online courses you bought. It is more than likely that you hadn’t even considered purchasing those – the desire to buy emerged as though by itself. Forming our habits, desires, ambitions – all of it is greatly affected by the social media.
Some claim that Facebook is harmful for our mental health. One of those is a well-known analyst Alice Walton. However, even this fact cannot help you muster the strength and delete your profile. Deleting an account is easy in and of itself, but by doing so, a person is immediately left out of their social circle. Child development centers, school teachers, coworkers – countless organizations and individuals use Facebook the same as they would their phone, so putting it on hold has become equally impossible.
Much in the same way, if you somehow still don’t have a Facebook page, you are significantly limiting yourself not only in communication but also in convenience when it comes to satisfying your basic everyday needs, needs for information, career options, and so on. Then again, if you are on Facebook, your feed, messages from friends, and adverts from crafty marketers are sure to start playing tricks with your mind. Which means that there is no way out.
Whether this is good or a bad — is most likely a rhetorical question. It is the way it is. After all, nowadays no one even starts to think about pros and cons of using gas, electricity, or elevators. We use those things because this is convenient and practical. If, however, they do not satisfy us for whatever reason and we have to quit, we encounter tremendous difficulties and stop being a normal member of a modern society.