We went and saw The Social Network this weekend. I really liked it. I think it was written well, and the actors seemed realistic. I’m sure they dramatized some aspects, but it felt realistic and I thought the storyline was so interesting.
But it got me thinking.
What in the world was college like before Facebook?
Facebook went big the summer of 2005. The summer before I started my freshman year of college. I signed up that summer and have had it ever since.
Meaning, I do not know a college that doesn’t have Facebook. They seem synonymous with each other.
I mean, how do you know if people are actually dating? How did you know about a party? How did you find out about events on campus? How did people stay in touch with friends from high school? How did you ask that guy from class a question about an assignment even though you didn’t really know him? And how did you ever see your friends pictures of parties/engagements/weddings/everyday musings?
It really is interesting to me.
When Mr. A and I started dating, I remember a friend telling me it wasn’t “official” until it was on Facebook. Really? I can’t date someone without it being on the internet? I thought it was strange they would say that, but don’t people do that all the time now?
I laughed when I was marching the movie and they showed the original Facebook page. You know, only the profile, no pictures, no wall, and no news feed?
Yeah, those were the days.
It’s amazing how much this one simple website has changed everything. It changed the college experience, and beyond now that it’s available to everyone.
So I’m showing how young I am. I don’t know a college without Facebook and I’m one of the millions of people who check their Facebook several times a day. Both Facebook and Twitter are usually always pulled up in the background, no matter what I’m doing on the computer.
My generation has a need to be constantly connected. We have FB and Twitter and foursquare and every other social networking program on our computers and our cell phones.
I admit, I kind of love Twitter and the connections I’ve made. It started with blogging and expanded. I’ve made great friends and we joke and share stories and recipes and pictures and snarky comments.
I know a lot of bloggers/tweeters have met their online friends and made them in real life friends that they couldn’t imagine not knowing.
So, if you didn’t have Facebook from the moment college started, what was it like before you could be connected to almost anyone you ever knew at the click of a button? What changed when you finally signed up? Do you think it made things easier or better? Or did you think it was invasive and unnecessary?
I’d really love to hear your comments.