In the last few years technological progress has been setting new trends and shaping the way we interact with the world. With the invention of social media our social lives and the way we relate with other each other has changed. Not only have they become an important part of today’s social life and communication platforms, but they are huge archives of information online available to the public, like the case of Facebook.
Facebook is, today, one of the biggest archives of information; it contains so many facts of our personal lives that our privacy has diminished exponentially. Not only of our personal information, but this massive archive has embedded smaller archives of their own. This archive revolutionized the way the world communicates and the social conventions that have existed for many years.
This social platform got rid of many “primitive traditions” of our society. Due to its design and capabilities people have reshaped their lives to accommodate these new features that are offered by this site. For example, before Facebook existed we would send out birthday party invitations to our friends we wanted to invite to the event, each invitation was a physical card delivered to your doorstep or, with a little help from technology too, a personal call. There was a clear intention from your behalf that you wanted that person to join you on that special day, but today sending an invitation on Facebook lacks the meaning and the importance invitations used to have. Don’t get me wrong, it is extremely convenient as it is easier this way, but the problem lies on how we use it. Instead of inviting your 10 or 20 close friends, you now invite 380 people, knowing most of them won’t show up, some of them are more of an acquaintance, and some of them might not even be in the same country.
A different example but with a similar idea is the way we follow the “news”. On Facebook, its members have the power to decide what is important news and choose what they want their friends to see. We used to turn to newspapers and TV to receive our dose of news from our country and the world, but now Facebook has become another medium of information. What it is posted on the social media site not necessarily comes from a verified or trusted source but it could have been written by anyone and with no information to support its claims. Also, the easiness with which news can be delivered and shared has decreased the quality and relevance of the information. This has provoked that a funny dancing baby or a Miley Cyrus scandal become trending news and of worldwide interest.
This immense archive called Facebook has many advantages but as we keep investing more and more of our time into its expansion we should be careful to try to differ between what is actually beneficial and what is useless. Most of the times new is always better but that does not mean we have to “lose” all of our behaviors and knowledge to fit or follow the structure of this big archive that is Facebook.
Hogg, Chris. “Study: Facebook Changing the Way People Communicate.” Study: Facebook Changing the Way People Communicate. 15 Jan. 2011. Web. <http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/302589>.