The Decline of Facebook: Part One

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Lacey Woodrow

Contributing Writer

In 2005, when Facebook was just starting out, it was a platform strictly for college students.

This was the same year I was entering the college populace as an 18-year-old a freshman Warrior here at ESU.

You literally couldn’t even make an account unless you had a college email address. I remember trying to use my Yahoo (remember Yahoo?) email at the time and not even being able to get past “create an account.”

It was a platform meant for college students to socialize and post drunk pictures of themselves which, mind you, this was before the dawn of the smartphone, so we had to take pictures with real cameras, load them to a computer and then post them all over the internet.

How archaic, right?

By late 2006, Facebook, once intended for college students only, enabled anyone with a valid email address to join and it was at this moment the fall of Facebook began.

The general public started to realize that not only could they spew their garbage ideas out in the world effortlessly via the internet, but they could also receive a response from every Tom, Dick and Harry behind a keyboard.

 At first, it was amusing to see Aunt Gertie and Uncle Larry as your Facebook friends, but shortly thereafter the humor dwindled because they were commenting on everything.

Then, the nightmare happened: your parents joined the social media time-sucker and began looking through all your albums of drunken escapades with your friends, proving that you most certainly were not studying as you’d originally told them.

Shortly after this ridicule, you watched silently in horror as the unsolicited baby boomer opinions and political views started to flood your newsfeed.

And we know Zuckerberg saw it too, at which point he should have shut that sh-t down immediately.

But no, he couldn’t foresee the demise of our democracy coming years down the road. He only saw advertising dollar signs.

As we all know, this has made him one of the richest men in the world, but at what cost Mark?


Because, as we’ve learned these past several years, baby boomers eventually ruin everything.

Think about it.

Capitalism? Ruined by their greed.

Planet Earth? Ruined by the consumption of fossil fuels and their refusal to admit that global warming is even a thing.

Federal Government (All three branches? The jury’s still out on this. No pun intended.)? Ruined by their refusal to release power to the next generation.

Then they got so caught up in party loyalty that they refused to even work together anymore, so now they sure as hell can’t get anything done.

I’m obviously generalizing and, to any baby boomer reading this, I apologize because surely, I’m aware that all of you aren’t really like this.

But, buck up snowflake, because you’ve got to admit that I’m making some pretty compelling points. Am I right?

But, I digress.

Check back for Part Two next week!

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