I remember when I first joined Facebook. It was June 2008 and I had just graduated from high school. You know, as a way to keep in touch with those fellow students and make friends with people I would meet in college (I never met EVERY person I friended when I was in college), but for the most part, Facebook was still mainly for college students and by the time I joined, the site was letting everyone on.
The time I spend on Facebook has gradually gone down since college. It’s now a way to keep in touch with high school friends I still care about and the people I actually met and created meaningful relationships with while in college.
When our parents started joining it, that made it less appealing. I have a request from my parents and several relatives, and I have no plan on responding to those. Sorry, but older adults have ruined the site with fake news stories and memes that were funny in 2010 or are not funny at all.
We’ll catch up on the holidays.
As I approach 30, I have begun to notice the increase of baby pictures (especially my adorable niece Adelyn) and realized one day that my generation, the one that joined Facebook in high school or college over a decade ago, are becoming the demographic we hated for making it less cool.
I have no plans to delete my page like some of these brave martyrs of the past, but it’s a site I don’t visit consistently anymore. Sure, I’ll check it when I wake up and when I get an alert, but it’s mainly when I get a notification when it’s a friend’s birthday (which is intentional to keep you hooked on the site).
We can blame our parents for ruining it, but we’ll slowly become them