Facebook is now 10 years old, which for a tech company is basically ancient
. Yet like some digitized version of Sophia Petrillo, it's still going strong and making snappy comebacks despite threats of getting dumped at Shady Pines by younger counterparts.
I don't know anyone who's been on Facebook since it launched in its limited form in 2004. I myself started using Facebook in 2008, after I got sick of MySpace and felt like it was time to grow up a little and move on from the tacky backgrounds and soundtracks and mood statuses (which, incidentally, are now back on Facebook).
And now, Facebook has evolved too. It used to be about reconnecting with old friends and catching up with people you couldn't always see. I guess now that we're all there, we've run out of good stuff to talk about. Not that we seem to care. There's more unabashed bragging, passive-aggressive attempts to gather compliments, vague-booking, and LOLcats in my news feed than ever.
In honor of Facebook turning 10, Time Techland has created a primitive but absolutely amazing online tool
that aims to calculate how much time you've "wasted" on Facebook since its 2004 launch.
According to this tool, there's about 25 days of my life I'll never get back thanks to Facebook.
But for all the admitted griping and sarcasm I throw Facebook's way, even I have to admit, this online feature is just as coarse as it is interesting.
How can one simply assume that all the time you've spent on Facebook is wasted? Obviously it served some sort of purpose, whether that purpose was reconnecting with a long-distance family member, keeping a relationship alive, or zoning out with some Bejeweled Blitz. Your time on Facebook is YOURS, and obviously what's considered wasteful activity to some is highly valuable to others.
Try the online tool above, and see how much time you've "wasted" on Facebook since you started using the social network. How do you feel about the result?