With the recent privacy issues where governments of the world are trying to curb Internet freedom, most souls dread the unthinkable – what if Facebook were to go away? Where will these people go? We record some reactions
I still remember those days when switching on the computer meant either to learn something or do offline. These days though, that has changed to getting onto Facebook, poking people and then getting poked back. I miss days when friends would actually poke me in school and that would turn into a tussle, at least there was a semblance of physical activity then. If there was no Facebook, I would probably be socialising physically, which is being compromised since I chat with people all day and feel that I have done enough socialising for that day. But the fact that all I am doing is exchanging packets of data with people and not really interacting them is probably causing me to turn into a zombie.
The day I wake up and find there’s only Wikipedia and such but no social networking like Facebook and Twitter, it would suck. I’d miss YouTube the most, not only because of the so many songs, but most of the DIY stuff and the outrageous comments. Also, all the 1,000s of friends I made on Facebook, who spy on me and vice versa. But, without regret I would look forward to pigeons’ messages in a bottle and some kickass pirate radio.
I’ll probably feel disconnected for a while, then I’ll figure that being in touch with so many people in the first place was probably doable. So. I’d end up only keeping in touch with a few of my friends who don’t live in the same town as me. I’d spend my time meeting those friends. And also read more books, learn new stuff and get to online gaming as before.
WOW! No Facebook would equal to a lot of time that I could spend on completing my college assignments and projects, which I shamelessly keep postponing for a later date because I am ‘busy’ checking what everyone is up to on Facebook. And, obviously it would be good for my eyes as spending too much time on my laptop is not good.
If Facebook suddenly vanished off the face of my computer screen, I’d probably spend my time catching up on all the work I’ve neglected thanks to it. That is, of course, assuming that I can tear myself away from YouTube for long enough.
Well online procrastination is not limited to Facebook. There are tons of websites just dedicated purely to wasting time like Cracked, the Chive and Coed are just a few of them. The only thing I might miss is catching up with old friends that I have no other way of meeting.
ANURAG PRASAD PAPOLU
I don’t really use Facebook that much ‘cause I’m not a people person. I’d have to think of a lot of new ways to promote Ingenium haha, which is the theatre group I work for. I’d switch to Google+ like everyone else would then. But I’m just happy with Twitter as my daily news/information/knowledge source.
I would be sitting in Coffee Day Banjara Hills and socialise because I know for a fact that every single Facebook addict that I know of, would be sitting there sipping coffee and cribbing about the ease of networking. LOL!
A World without Facebook
Since Facebook’s launch in 2004, its growth has been incredible. The site has woven itself into our lives, for better or for worse, creating 770 billion page views per month.
But what would we do without it? How big a role does Facebook really play in our lives?
FACEBOOK USERS – JAN 2011 – 600 million
WORLD POPULATION – 1600AD – 545 million
POPULATION OF RUSSIA – 143 million
POPULATION OF NORTH AMERICA – 344 million
INTERNET USERS IN EUROPE – 475 million
The average user spends 23 minutes on each visit to Facebook
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Desperately in search of inner peace. Loves traveling. Will write for money. Picky with food but loves her pastas and South-Indian thalis. Highly entertaining. Loves watching gossipy TV shows and good looking vampires. Would like to be abducted by aliens, at least once. Also I am not fat, I am just big-boned