10 Things We Didn’t Do Before Facebook
In honor of Facebook's 10th birthday, we're taking a look at how the social media site changed us, both good and bad.
I remember the day I got Facebook like it was yesterday. It was 2006, and I had just moved into my new dorm at Texas A&M. One of my friends from home came by and told me that now that we were in college, I had to ditch Myspace and try out the newer, cooler version of social media, called Facebook. Back then, you had to have a valid college email address to be granted access to the semi exclusive site, making it instantly cooler than Myspace, which was beginning to be overrun by the shadier characters lurking on the internet.
Of course as we know, Facebook has gone through many changes since its inception. Now, anyone can acquire a profile, from your grandparents to your baby cousin. (Seriously, I recently had an 8 year old send me a friend request.) Although Facebook may be less cool today than it was 10 years ago, it's still one of the most popular websites on the internet, with 1.2 billion users. In honor of it's 10th birthday, we've rounded up the ways it's changed how we interact with each other forever. Check out the list of 10 Things We Never Did Before Facebook below and let us know what you think!
STALK COMPLETE STRANGERS
Be it your boyfriends ex, the cute guy in your bio lab, or some rando friend of a friend, thanks to Facebook we now have stalking down to an art. I remember seeing someone on campus once and wondering where I knew her from. It took me a couple seconds to realize I had only ever seen her online, during a recent stalking spree of a friend's profile.
This was more of an early era Facebook novelty. Poking someone could be a risky move, but definitely let the recipient know you meant business. Ever poke someone accidentally? Most.awkward.thing.ever.
SHARE PICTURES OF OUR FOOD
I don't know about you, but I never received a Polaroid of anyone's red velvet cupcakes in the days before Facebook. Now, everyone shares their mediocre meals via the click of a button.
EXPRESS OUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO EVERY ONE OF OUR ACQUAINTANCES
I'm not gonna lie. I think I liked people alot more before Facebook. Now every time that a political issue arises or an election rolls around, I realize that half of my "friends" are super annoying.
BEFRIEND TOTAL STRANGERS
Ever have a complete stranger try to communicate with you on Facebook? Alot of times it comes off as really creepy, but I actually know a few people who met good friends or even their S.O. via Facebook!
FIGHT OVER FACEBOOK FLIRTING
"How could you betray my trust like that? You liked THREE of her pictures!"
POST 23425 PICTURES OF OURSELVES A DAY
To be fair, you could post selfies on Myspace, but they originally had a limit on the number of photos you could post. Thanks, Facebook, for limitless photos. Now I can see pictures of my friends faces while jogging, in class, chilling with "no makeup", and at the gym.
BECOME "FACEBOOK OFFICIAL"
Nothing settles the Define the Relationship issue like making your relationship Facebook official. It's also a good way to let that floozy co-worker of his know he's off the market!
CATCH UP WITH OLD ACQUAINTANCES
Remember that nerdy girl from home room? Looks like she turned out hot and successful. Better start commenting on her pictures and see if you can get a relationship going.
HAVE AN UNHEALTHY REALTIONSHIP WITH OUR PHONES
Be honest. How many times do you reach for your smart phone during a night out with your friends or S.O? (Answer: ALOT) In an awkward social situation? Better check your newsfeed STAT, rather than strike up a conversation with the people around you.
Do you think Facebook has changed us for the better or worse? Tweet me, @DaniOnUS105!