This headline caught my eye the other day: “We’re getting less friendly on Facebook.”
Frankly, I’m not surprised and it finally dawned on me after watching 5 minutes of “The Social Network”: most of us aren’t in high school any longer!
Yes, I know that maybe some of us never mentally move on from high school: our self-esteem is still measured by how much we’re “liked”; we still gravitate to the “popular” people; and we still want to be seen as cool.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I was just as guilty as the next guy. It was fun, for at least awhile, to catch up on old acquaintances, and — let’s face it — to see what everyone looks like 30/40 years later. But, once that was done? Not really much of interest, I’m afraid.
In fact, as many of us get older, we seem to reach a state where we don’t really care all that much what others think (and especially what they think of us.)
In essence, Facebook is like the pathetic middle-aged guy going through mid-life crisis who takes up with 20 year olds. It’s fun, but only for awhile. Then the guy realizes, that wait: he’s not 20 years old any longer!
Now maybe FB can be fueled by an endless stream of high school and college kids. But, I think for the vast majority of anyone over 25, they’ll be checking out.