No my face isn’t broken, that was my attempt at coming up with a snappy title to represent Facebook’s demise. It was the best I could come up with so it’s staying.
I have always used Facebook, I don’t even know how long for anymore but it is has been a constant part of the entirety of my adult life and the end of my childhood. And why the heck not? Instant connection to everyone I ever know! Incredible! I can take my phone out of my pocket and have a get an inside look at everyone’s lives and interact with them in a number of different ways. This used to be Facebook, now though I’m not so sure.
Take a look at your news feed, no go on, really take a long hard look at it, scroll all the way to the bottom. What do you see? I’ll tell you all I see, videos and videos of things I neither care nor want to see. Oh and ads, of so many ads. My news feed used to be full of daft little updates on peoples lives, whether that be photos from somebody’s recent holiday or updates on people’s toilet habits. I miss the old Facebook, I don’t care if it was just stray thoughts off the top of the head and I promise I won’t scoff every time I see somebody updating their relationship status. Just give me anything but what I currently see.
I have tried to remedy the curse of the constant videos and ads by blocking all the crap that clutters everything up. But oh Facebook is sneaky, for every crappy video I erased from my life, they replaced it with yet another crappy video from a crappy page I don’t care about!
And why is everything a video now? Because like YouTube, Facebook videos can be monetised by enabling even more ads to pop up halfway through the video. Business and corporations alike capitalise on this and we now have constant stream of unnecessary videos designed to draw in viewers. Crap such as YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, or a selection of random emojis. And why do they all have to be in some weird aspect ratio with black borders along the top and bottom? It baffles me.
Although I rant, I still continue to open Facebook every day without fail, it’s a force of habit now. Could I do without it? Yes I probably could but to what end? To prove a point? Perhaps I am addicted to it, no matter how often I scorn Facebook, it always manages to call me back with it’s siren song… Maybe I am the one who is broken?