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Ten years of status updates

Social media site a great way to stay connected with friends, but is the time you’ll lose worth it?

By Kaitlyn Dahle
On February 5, 2014

As many of you already know, it was Facebook's 10th birthday on Tuesday.
I didn't know this until Tuesday when I started seeing everyone's "Facebook Reflection" videos on their profiles.
I even made one myself, though I've only had a Facebook since I started college in 2011.
Facebook is a wonderful tool.
It helps you find old friends, stay connected with current friends and unwind every now and then.
Though Facebook may be useful now that I have moved away from home, for the seven years that it existed before I joined, I just didn't see any real use for it.
See, I had never moved until I went to college, so the majority of my friends lived in the same town as me and I saw them every day, as long as I went to school or to the store or just walked around the neighborhoods with friends.
Why would I also want to see them even more on a social media site?
I was also one of those nerds that was never really into social media.
I had a MySpace (if anyone even knows what that is anymore ... ), but I probably logged into my account a grand total of 20 times, if even that.
I figured I would get one when I finally went off to college because, well, since I never moved, I never made friends anywhere else.
And where would all my friends and old classmates be when I finally moved?
On Facebook.
So I finally gave it a whirl and set up an account at the beginning of my first college semester.            
When it comes to keeping in contact with my friends, it's great.
Other than that ... well, it's like a love-hate thing that I'm sure many people can relate to.
Facebook is a vortex that steals time. That's what I am convinced Facebook lives off of.
Go on Facebook, look at the clock, and suddenly an hour has gone by, and what have you done? Creeped on friend's pictures, read dozens of memes that are at first hilarious, but then you oddly become desensitized to the humor of it.
And of course, when you force yourself to stay off Facebook (which obviously can be really hard to do), you can just get more things done in your life. Literally, I mean it! When I force myself off of Facebook, I have nothing else to do than be bored, and eventually I think of stuff that I need to do.
This is honestly great!
So thank you, Facebook, for keeping me in touch with my friends from across the miles.
Though through my reflection of my time on this social media site, I believe that I have honestly wasted more time with it then I would've ever liked.
But will I get rid of my profile?
In time, maybe, but as of right now, I'm just complaining.


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