Facebook is in Decline. Apparently the teenagers are leaving because Facebook “tries too hard.” If teenagers are actually leaving I suspect that the real reason is that there are too many adults on Facebook and it’s not cool anymore. As is typical of such articles, after they say Facebook is declining, they say that it’s not. Except that it is. Or might be. Must cover all the bases, you know.
I joined Facebook in the hope of finding “long lost” relatives and friends on it, which has not happened, and to have more frequent contact with some not-lost relatives, which has happened enough so that I intend to stay with it. But Facebook annoys me in so many ways. There is very little actual communication. It’s about 99% “sharing” silly pictures and graphics that say something like, “Share this if you love your mom, dad, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, Jesus, or puppies”. And, yes, lately mostly what I have been doing is “sharing” stuff but I refuse to share anything that contains the words “share if” even if I agree with it.
There is nothing I can do on Facebook that I can’t do better on my blog. It’s the only social media I really want to have anything to do with, except that only two of the people I know in “real life” visit this blog anything like regularly. Once in a while someone will say to me, in person, that they saw something on my blog and I always think, Well why the heck didn’t you comment?” but of course I don’t say that; I just stand there smiling like an idiot, not knowing what to say and feeling, inexplicably, a little embarrassed.
I think the reason why Facebook is so popular is that you can simply click to “Share” or “Like” stuff, giving the illusion that you are communicating or “staying in touch” with people. Actual communication is just too much work. Long before the Internet came along letter writing was going out of style. It’s not Facebook or the Internet that makes people not want to communicate. People just don’t have anything to say anymore and when they do, more often than not, it’s just the same things that everyone else is saying. It seems that even original thought is dying out.
Until you start exploring blogs. Generally people who have blogs are people who have something to say. Now I’m not bragging on myself here but on the many excellent blogs out there, some very popular, some unknown and ignored. They say blogs are out. Blogs are so last decade. But we’re still here cranking out words for our half-dozen loyal readers and we’ll still be here when Facebook is out and the next social media sensation is in because we have something to say. We may desperately wish someone was listening but the fact that they’re not will not stop us.