Facebook is a microcosm that sucks you in and keeps you there. There are Facebook do’s and don’ts, just like there are in society and if you do something that isn’t considered OK, then you face criticism, but all that could end very soon. There has been a recent study that shows that Facebook will die out like a disease by 2017. Don’t imagine some big blow out, apparently people are going to start quitting Facebook until it’s going to disappear completely. I mean, look at what happened to Myspace, the place everybody was at a decade ago, and now it’s more desolate than the Mojave Desert. We thought of making this list of things you’ll miss after quitting Facebook, just so you’ll know what to expect when that time does come.
10. Being Up To Speed with the News
Unfortunately there are many persons who simply can’t and won’t be up to speed with what’s happening in the world. This is where Facebook comes in and saves the day. If you’re on Facebook all day, then you are bound to know all the major events going on in the world. Who’s fighting for what and what needs saving. If you’re not a news on TV type of person, then going off Facebook will really limit your intake of news and you’ll be quite disconnected.
9. Thinking in Terms of Facebook
How many times have we found ourselves looking at something and thinking I’m going to take a picture of that and post it on Facebook, it would make such a great Facebook post! or Do you want to make our relationship official on Facebook? or If you don’t have a Facebook account, then you don’t exist! Well, you can say good bye to thinking like that! Don’t worry, you’ll learn pretty fast to reprogram your mind to think like it did in pre-Facebookian times.
8. The Good Night Chat
You know how you always have someone who’s up to date with everything you do, it may be a lover or a friend, but they’re always there. And right before you shut down your laptop you just wish them a good night and only close the browser after they’ve responded. Same thing goes for good morning and enjoy your meal. Always having a friend to be there for you virtually is a great thing.
7. Seeing and Meeting New People
For what it’s worth, Facebook really does help you see and meet new people, people who share the same interests as you, people whom you might find interesting. You really see a lot new faces on your wall, friends of friends or strangers and from time to time one of them may catch your attention and something will flourish there.
6. Pictures of Cats
Internet is for cats. This statement is probably the truest statement ever to be uttered. If you’re a cat person (of course you are, who doesn’t like cats?!), then you surely liked all the Facebook cat pages on the planet Earth. If you quit Facebook then how will you go through life without seeing at least 20 new pictures of cats doing funny and outrageous things? You’re simply going to have to find a replacement, because life without funny pictures of cats is not worth living.
5. Facebook Chat
Let’s face it, the Facebook chat has been getting better lately and the phone app as well. You get the nice new sounds, you get to see if and when the person you’re chatting with has read your message and it runs smoothly. I, for one will miss the chat when I quit Facebook and how you can at any time, see who’s online and who isn’t. It’s availability that Facebook is selling. We’re always available when we’re signed in.
4. The Routine of Checking Facebook
Checking Facebook is something that has become a routine for most of us, avid users. Whatever you do, whether you’re working or browsing the web, you’ll get the urge to check your Facebook once in a while. It ends up being a reflex. When I quit Facebook for a couple of weeks, I must admit this was the hardest thing to cope with. I would find myself sitting in from of the computer not knowing what to do.
3. Sharing Photos
It’s great when you get to tell all of the people in your friend list what you’ve been up to through pictures. I know I always think in terms of Facebook pictures. If I see something interesting, I will immediately think about who among my friends would appreciate that picture. It’s weird and unhealthy, I know, but that’s another thing that people will miss after quitting Facebook.
2. Stalking People
That’s what Facebook is for: stalking, boasting, drunken mistakes and political opinions. We’ve all been there, staking an ex or their current significant other. Or stalking that cute guy or girl from your office for so long that you end up liking a picture from 2009. Stalking people on Facebook is one of the things you’ll miss after quitting Facebook.
1. Knowing What Your Friends are Doing. Always
You know pretty much all there is to know about the people in your friend list. What events they’re attending, who they’re dating, how their vacation was and even what they had for lunch. While this brings us a false sense closeness, it’s also something people will surely miss a lot.
What did you think of these things you’ll miss after quitting Facebook? Will you miss Facebook? Do you agree with the fact that Facebook will eventually die, or do you think it has the capabilities of adapting and thus surviving for many years to come?