Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
43 views
43 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
55 views
55 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
53 views
53 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
87 views
87 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats
News
28 views
28 views

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats

Jessica Hubbard - September 20, 2018
224 Views
2 Comments

A life without Facebook

If you type ‘Facebook’ into Google, you will get around 3 billion results in 0.06 seconds. Unless you have been hiding underneath Brighton Pier for the last five years, you will have heard of the phenomenon known as Facebook. I myself do not have a Facebook profile. An expression of gasped faces is the usual response I get from people when they find this out. Facebook is integral to our lifestyles nowadays; many times I have been told to ‘look at our Facebook page for more information’ by companies, ‘add your name to our guestlist on Facebook’ for club entry and so on. Many seemingly unconnected sites now have a ‘like’ button included on their webpage, so you can link the site directly to you Facebook page. This begs the question; how difficult is it to live without a Facebook profile when it appears that the rest of the human population seems to have a profile?

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, who has since become the world’s youngest billionaire, allegedly having $6.9 billion in 2010, at the age of 26. However, Facebook has not avoided controversy during its time, and has been involved in privacy issues amidst fears of the user’s personal information being released to the public. When Facebook began to gain popularity, it appeared that Facebook would fade out within a year or so as Myspace had done, and something would soon replace it, as Twitter may do.

When I first heard that a film was being made about Facebook in 2008, I thought that by 2010 when the film would be released, Facebook would be long gone by then. How wrong this assumption was. As of July 2010, Facebook has over 500 million active users, the equivalent to one person in every fourteen in the world having a Facebook profile. Quite an achievement for the Harvard students who launched Facebook, and originally intended it for use of Harvard students only. Facebook now has an estimated revenue of $800 million per year.

I struggle to think of many people among my friends, family and colleagues who do not have a profile. It appears that there are two types of Facebook users; the person who will constantly update their status every 10 minutes to tell people exactly what they are doing, such as standing at a train station, waiting for pizza to be delivered and so on. They also will post every picture of every event they have been to in their life on Facebook and tag everybody they know on it, and add everyone they have ever met as a ‘friend’. The second type of user may generally use Facebook to stalk old school friends and occasionally update their status or change their profile picture. But, without a Facebook profile, how could I know this?

Well, I have a confession to make; I did once have a Facebook profile. Yes, a lovely Facebook profile which lasted me exactly two days. Two days. I had been intrigued about Facebook for a while up until this point, coupled with peer pressure. It seems odd that there would be peer pressure to make a Facebook profile, as if in the same category as being peer pressured into taking drugs or having sex. I had been stubborn enough to refuse to make a profile for a while, but pressure was increasing, mostly from my friend Claire. I decided to make a profile and I decided only to add close friends rather than everyone I had ever met. Skip 24 hours. I had friend requests.

Mostly from people I had maybe spoken to about seven or eight times in secondary school. I rejected most, only to be overcome with a feeling of guilt. A few searches of profiles, and I found peoples picture of their dinner, there seemed to be a lot of dinner pictures for some reason. Also, posts such as ‘If only he can see how much I like him!?’ and similar, appearing to be begging for attention. Skip another 24 hours, and I would have deleted my account. Facebook were crafty, and you initially could not delete your account, you could only ‘deactivate’ the account but still be tagged in pictures, invited to events etc, basically defeating the purpose of the account being ‘inactive’. After some research, I managed to delete my profile.

I know my experience is limited to just me and I am constantly assured of how many people I know love Facebook and find it wonderful to beable to talk to old schoolmates and such. I cannot deny that it can be difficult without a Facebook profile; being told almost everyday to make an account, getting told about events the day before they occur because people have forgotten to tell me as I don’t have Facebook.

However, there are perfect examples of Facebook being the cause of problems. In a nutshell; The Jeremy Kyle Show. The amount of times a guest says how they have caught their partner chatting to other men/woman on Facebook or looking up their ex-partners or some other such occurrence, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Does anybody really want to spend all day searching their exs on Facebook; mostly I feel just to compare how their life now is to yours?

As an avid fan of Channel 4’s ‘The IT Crowd’ written by Graham Linehan, the episode ‘Friendface’ in Series 3 is a wonderfully ironic portrayal (but mostly parody) of sites such as Facebook. The Friendface advert proclaims; ‘We own everything you put on Friendface, it says so in the terms and conditions, but don’t worry about that, we won’t use it to do anything bad – we promise. Just think about love and companionship, and everything’s fine.’ How ironic. Especially in relation to the privacy issues that have plagued Facebook since 2004. There is also the scene when Jen, Moss and Roy are all sitting in a room together on Friendface, and Jen proclaims ‘I love this, I feel so social’ only to be met with silence amoung the sound of typing.

Ongoing is the debate as to whether social networking makes us more or less sociable, as we appear to be socialising less in person, but more and more over the internet. As the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveils new plans for a ‘modern messaging system’ via Facebook to replace the formality of email, we can only wonder at what the future of Facebook will be, and indeed the future of social networking. As the American magazine, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ have put it; ‘How on earth did we stalk our exes, remember our co-workers’ birthdays, bug our friends, and play a rousing game of Scrabble before Facebook?’

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
43 views
43 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
55 views
55 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
53 views
53 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
87 views
87 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats
News
28 views
28 views

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats

Jessica Hubbard - September 20, 2018

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: A life without Facebook | suzannecamfield

  2. Pingback: A Life without Facebook | Writing Suzanne

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
43 views
Arts
43 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018

Starting university comes with both exciting but potentially daunting changes, with both moving away from home and studying at degree level posing to be two new challenges.…

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist
Film & Theatre
47 views
Film & Theatre
47 views

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist

Anonymous - September 18, 2018

One key film in the development of anyone who grew up in the early 2000s was The Incredibles (2004). It’s comedy, vibrancy, and general sense of fun…

France in Fine Fettle
Sports
55 views
Sports
55 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Prior to the start of the quadrennial tournament this summer, football fans across the world grew sceptical over Russia’s credentials and ability to host the most prestigious…

Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
53 views
Arts
53 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer. The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed…

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
87 views
Arts
87 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018

During this year’s Pride Festival, Brighton had the honour of welcoming international pop star and voice of the early 2000s, Britney Spears, to the main stage. Undoubtedly,…

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
1142 views1
Campus News
1142 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats
News
28 views
News
28 views

Students’ Union Apologises for ‘Sexist’ Beermats

Jessica Hubbard - September 20, 2018

The University of Sussex Students' Union (USSU) has apologised after 'sexist' beermats were found in Dig-In Boxes in Freshers' Welcome Bags. The beermats were provided by Brush…

Sussex Lecturer Accused of Making Transphobic Comments Ahead of Brighton Trans Pride 2018
News
91 views1
News
91 views1

Sussex Lecturer Accused of Making Transphobic Comments Ahead of Brighton Trans Pride 2018

Jessica Hubbard - September 15, 2018

Kathleen Stock, a philosophy Lecturer at Sussex, was accused of making transphobic comments in July 2018. This followed various interviews and blog posts by Stock. Stock told…

Welcome 2018 Freshers!
Campus News
92 views
Campus News
92 views

Welcome 2018 Freshers!

Billie-Jean Johnson - September 15, 2018

Ah, Freshers. You’ve no idea the amazing year you have ahead of you! As you read this now, you’ve probably met your flatmates and maybe even met…

A conversation with Kathleen Stock on Transgender Identity
Opinion
91 views
Opinion
91 views

A conversation with Kathleen Stock on Transgender Identity

Jessica Hubbard - September 15, 2018

Kathleen Stock, a philosophy lecturer at Sussex University, met with controversy after criticising the government’s reform of the Gender Recognition Act (2004). The amendment would ‘de-medicalise’ the…

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series
Arts
398 views
Arts
398 views

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - June 17, 2018

Pictured: Zac Black At Proud Cabaret audiences were spellbound as if at night at the circus, yet this was not like Angela Carter’s magical realist novel; Verve…

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review
Arts
402 views
Arts
402 views

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review

Florence Dutton - June 11, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Last Monday at 8pm at Brighton’s The Old Market, I sat myself down in my theatre seat eagerly awaiting…

Fleabag preview
Arts
375 views
Arts
375 views

Fleabag preview

Florence Dutton - June 2, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Following the mass success of the Bafta award-winning BBC Series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre are about to hit the…

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome
Arts
435 views
Arts
435 views

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome

Georgia Grace - June 1, 2018

Having completed my final semester of university with modules on punk history and queer arts, it was fitting that I rounded off my end-of-assessment celebrations by attending…

Arts
449 views

The Tempest review

Georgia Grace - May 30, 2018

As the sun begins to set over Hove Green, tinnies of Red Stripe are cracked open, tartan blankets are strewn, and families tuck into their picnic hampers.…

A Glass Half Empty review
Arts
393 views
Arts
393 views

A Glass Half Empty review

Georgia Grace - May 27, 2018

For those of us coming to the end of another year of university study, the prospect of careers, marriages and babies may seem a long way off.…

DollyWould at The Old Market review
Arts
368 views
Arts
368 views

DollyWould at The Old Market review

Alex Hutson - May 27, 2018

Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould is a hilarious, thoughtful and experimental performance piece. The award winning show has the Sh!t Theatre duo integrating comedy, storytelling, personal experience and music.…

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex
Campus News
562 views
Campus News
562 views

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex

Billie-Jean Johnson - May 26, 2018

The Sussex branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a petition calling for Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell to end the 'hostile environment' at Sussex. The…

Arts
316 views

Shakespeare in the sun – The Tempest preview

Georgia Grace - May 24, 2018

In a world of dystopian King Lears and female Hamlets, Shakespeare’s classics are constantly being reimagined for the modern day. There’s something oddly refreshing then about the…

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
924 views
Arts
924 views

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 23, 2018

What a phenomenal contrast these two films present when watched side-by-side. In essence, together they are capable of tracing inner and outer metamorphoses of their subjects. The…

Dollywould at The Old Market preview
Arts
375 views
Arts
375 views

Dollywould at The Old Market preview

Alex Hutson - May 22, 2018

From the 22nd May - 25th May 2018 DollyWould will be showing at The Old Market. An exciting new show, presented by Sh!t Theatre, who won the…