Recently one of my Facebook friends posted that she would be keeping away from Facebook because it is usurping her precious time and she urgently needs to concentrate on important tasks in her life. I know this feeling. I abstained from visiting my Facebook profile for about 2 weeks, while learning for my examinations last December.
Personally I have to admit that it is no longer difficult to keep away from Facebook. The novelty has worn off. In the beginning, I used to play games on Facebook, which I no longer do. Strangely enough, I think I spent more time on Facebook while I was employed compared to now when I theoretically can spend the whole day on Facebook without fear of being reprimanded.
I have about 300 friends but most of them are no longer active. I have the feeling that the same people are posting the same kind of status updates all the time. Is it a sign that Facebook is losing its place in the daily life of millions of members? In some ways, I think it is. I can also imagine that most employers are not overjoyed with employees spending company time on Facebook.
I read an article that Facebook can cause depression when people get the feeling that everyone else is leading a happier and more exciting life. This thought is supported by the fact that most people post photos of holiday locations or smiling widely into the camera. That could also be a reason for staying away from Facebook for longer periods of time. Who wants to be constantly reminded that they would rather be somewhere else than living their own life?
Has the end of the Facebook era started? I do not think so; as long as the younger generation is interested in online games and connecting online with friends and posting photos of themselves partying and having a good time. There is enough fresh blood to replace the stale ones in the Facebook world.