Facebook’s skyrocket to success eight years ago the social media juggernaut has
been losing its foothold on the popularity it once had among the 18-25 year old
Part of this negative trend in Facebook’s
popularity is due to older relatives. Kyle Lenard, a freshman at the University
of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, says that both of his parents have Facebook.
“It bothers me sometimes because I feel
like I can’t have an online private life. I never post statuses or pictures my
parents wouldn’t want me to because I know they would see them,” Lenard said.
Lenard admits that it is an easy way to
stay connected while away from home, but at the same time it can be a nuisance.
“It’s nice to communicate when I’m at
college and an easy way to keep in touch, but I absolutely hate it when they
comment on pictures or the few statuses I do have,” Lenard said.
Jess Brito, a junior majoring in education,
does not mind the fact that her fiancé’s mother has a Facebook profile.
“It doesn’t bother me that parents have
Facebook. I think as we get older we become closer to our parents because they
begin to accept our ‘college behavior.’ I usually don’t even think about it
before I post things, although I do refrain from cussing or posting negative
things because I am friends with my pastor,” Brito said.
Brito also likes being able to share photos
on Facebook to show family.
“I think communicating with them through
Facebook is useful. Sharing photos, videos and statuses is fun and a way to
engage our parents in technology,” Brito said.
Brito says that there really is not
anything on Facebook that she would not want her parents to see.
“I feel like the age I am is the age where
everything is out in the open with parents. They know what it was like to be
our age, and they accept it. I think by letting them view your Facebook it
creates a trust with them. They can see what you’re up to and assure themselves
that you are having safe fun. It’s a way to build onto the relationship we have
with our parents,” Brito said
Although Brito does not have a problem with
parents and relatives viewing her Facebook, she does admit that it can get
aggrivating at times and can understand why others would be against it.
“Sometimes relatives find it necessary to
comment on everything, and it does get annoying, but for the most part, in my
family I have not had this issue,” Brito said.
Danielle Arndt, a senior majoring in
healthcare administration, does not mind at all that her mom and aunts have Facebook
“It doesn’t bother me when my relatives
comment on my photos or my statuses. I have nothing to hide,” Arndt said.
Older relatives may not be a bother for
most users, but the commercialism of Facebook as a corporation is causing
skepticism. On Sept. 6 of this year, Facebook purchased competitor Instagram
for $1 billion in cash and stock.
The reason why is not because Facebook
needs users, as it currently has well over 800 million profiles. It seems to be
because Instagram, a mobile-based social platform, has been growing rapidly in
popularity since its introduction in October of 2010.
Before the acquisition, Instagram was comprised of 13
employees and was offered as a free app, created not for profit. It claimed no
rights over any content—including any text, files, images, photos, video,
sounds, musical works, etc—according to the Instagram website, and had strict
privacy and usage policies. It now belongs to Facebook, which has been
criticized as having unclear and vague privacy policies.