“Imagine 7 years spent living in a college dorm, or 15 years spent attending the parties you went to in your twenties. Now imagine yourself perusing a Facebook stream daily for a full 25 years… Doesn’t that just feel like too long?”
Came across this article from the Atlantic recently and thought it would make for an interesting class discussion. The author proposes the idea that people my age, in their twenties and early thirties, will one day move on to bigger and better things than Facebook, he suggests that our social and digital habits will evolve, and ultimately, we will grow older, wiser and tired of Facebook.
Personally, I’m not a big Facebook fan. I consider myself a light user. That being said, the idea of getting too old for Facebook seems bizarre and unexpected. Even for a light user like myself, I’ve come to recognize Facebook as a critical digital and social component of our daily lives, it’s challenging to imagine life without it.
The article makes a compelling case for the idea that current Facebook users may “outgrow” Facebook as it currently exists. A lot of the behavior of Facebook is based on either juvenile behavior or major life changes that can be shared by way of Facebook. As many of us grow older, there may come a point where we lose interest in both these sorts of behaviors. The idea that one would still be liking, poking, uploading photos, posting on friends walls, sharing connected apps, and participating in all the quirky Facebook activities for the rest of one’s natural life seems far fetched. In other words, how will the process of aging and ongoing socialization translate to the digital world? I would estimate, I will get bored with Facebook by the time I’m 64. What do you guys think?
Can Facebook successfully adapt to an aging target market?
How will our digital media habits evolve as we grow older? How will digital natives media habits evolve as they grow older?
Do you think it’s possible to become “too old” for Facebook?