By Brandon Hernandez
By Brandon Hernandez
As I’m driving home, I feel an overwhelming eagerness to check my Facebook page.
I quickly pull up to my driveway and leave my back pack behind, neglecting my homework.
The front door slams behind me as I head towards the stairs.
My shoes are kicked off and fly across the living room as I rush to my room.
Sweat pouring down my face, I log in and realize something; Facebook sucks.
Facebook, once exclusive to college students, became accessible to anyone with a pulse and an internet connection, making it the largest social networking site in the world.
This has lead to a recent influx of stupidity, much like what MySpace experienced in 2004.
While MySpace managed to dumb down the dumbest of our generation (yes, it is possible), Facebook will soon dumb down the smartest of our generation.
To accommodate its new group of users, the Web site created new applications to entertain users.
I suppose these applications can be a blessing for those that don’t do anything productive with their free time, but for users that rarely log in, this can be a curse.
There is nothing worse than being bombarded by notifications like “this friend has poked you” or notices that you’ve been nominated in a “best friend contest.”
These applications are a ridiculous waste of time and only give people a false sense of achievement.
What’s worse is MySpace has also adapted these applications, making it almost impossible for me to check my inbox without worrying about an “app invite.”
MySpace and Facebook users have unknowingly become slaves to these applications and probably do not realize how distant they have become from reality.
They are far too busy worrying about being attacked in “Mob Wars.”
It’s safe to say that social networking sites, especially Facebook, have succeeded in desensitizing our generation, and are slowly replacing more conventional styles of communication with these cursed applications and status comments.
No, we no longer have to worry about the inconvenience of actually speaking to our friends; we just have to write on a friend’s wall or nominate them for a best friend contest, making the spoken language obsolete.
Social networking sites have succeeded in producing users that lack thought, emotion and enthusiasm.