One in every seven people on Earth uses Facebook, which means there is now 1 billion Facebook user. In ten years worth, the network has changed the human perception on relationships, business, privacy, media, among many things else.
1. We are more open about privacy
Most young people are willing to give their personal details over the Internet. 91 percent of them post their own photos – selfies, 71 percent of them post where they live, 50 percent gives out their email addresses and 20 percent publish their telephone numbers.
As so much of a person’s life is shared online, Facebook encourages everyone to somehow cultivate a distinguished online image. There are many instances where the actual user is significantly different from his or her Facebook image.
This calls for more consideration in young people, as bad intentions could be more easily turned into actual harms with enough information in hand.
Future research should also consider the adverse consequences and treatments of the false identity obsession on Facebook in excessive users.
2. A tool for revolutions
Manchester University has found out that Facebook was used as the communication tools for half of the Euromaidan protesters in the Ukraine. Protesters would post on Facebook to arrange the meeting place, time and recruit more people. On the other hand, the ones who did not go on protesting relied on Facebook to know the truth about what was happening, because traditional media is not as trustable.
The unifying effect of Facebook or any other social network has created a collective identity.
3. A definition of “Friend”
A friend is now officially a verb. Facebook is a world created with a shallow friendship whereby unfriending someone, they will practically disappear from a user’s world.
Reunions of high school and universities are not as exciting as before: from the News Feed, you have already known who is going well with work, whether the perfect couple still remained together, or how many babies each person had had. You will not be surprised if your friend is the buddy of someone she hated so much in the past. You are all Facebook friends.
Friending on Facebook has become so casual that there is a fear that people will not need to learn to get along in the future. In a real word, you can not just get rid of your responsibility for your connections and works, while on virtual networks, you can just pull out anytime and live your life the same.
4. Facebook decides what is news
71 percent of young adults say they use the Internet as the main news source. Most people will see a journal or breaking news on Facebook or other social media, and most of these encounters will be one the phone or tablets.
Companies now can sell advertisements around their articles and gaining twice as much in revenue. If the users of Facebook no longer like on the site, that site will see huge dips in traffic.
Facebook is also a news resource for reporters and journalist. If one person happens to be the news of the days, the reporters would dig up his or her Facebook profile for more information. Most news companies now use images or videos from Facebook for their breaking stories
5. We are also changing Facebook
Facebook used to be a site to connect the elites of U.S universities. A decade after, an incredible number of elders after 65 years old have a Facebook account, with the friend list consists of people they’ve never met before.
Normal groups are replaced by pages, letters changed to writing on the walls, and physical albums give way for instant mobile uploads. The site can be your gateway to the rest of the Internet.
Facebook has proven its ability to change the world, and it will continue to do so.