What would we all do in our spare time without Facebook? Whenever a spare moment, it is commonplace to see people checking their Facebook wherever you go. Many of us would probably admit to being slightly or even completely addicted to the social website. For the people who are heavy users and update their Facebook page on a daily basis, it is interesting to wonder what would happen if their Facebook suddenly just disappeared.
Behold, the terrible reality of life on Earth without Facebook!
This parody highlights how so many of us have unthinkingly turned to social networks as the means to organize all of our social events, to the point where just asking a crowded room of people to a future event seems hopelessly disorganized.
Before the mobile phone, for instance when my parents were my age, people would make a greater effort to meet at a pre-arranged time and place, knowing that there was no way of informing the other party of changed plans at the last minute. If the Facebook event option of clicking the “maybe” button were to be removed, people might actually commit to a “yes” or “no” more often.
In reality, most of us invest an enormous amount of our time into this virtual social world that could feasibly disappear. Not only would the millions, even billions of photos and content that were exclusively uploaded to Facebook be gone forever, but the relationships forged within the site would be gone as well. For instance, you may be Facebook friends with an Australian or Russian, and Facebook has served to remove the geographical boundaries that exist between your two separate locations. Without Facebook, this friendship would most likely be gone. Unless of course you had taken note of their email address before the site was shut down.
In terms of business, the loss of Facebook would strip brands of an extremely effective marketing and PR tool. Having a presence on Facebook has afforded brands the opportunity to speak to their customers in a more direct and personable manner than ever before.
It is clear that Facebook is firmly entrenched as a vital part of our work and play time than we may realize. It also suggests that there is no going back. Social media is now a permanent feature of our world.
The Huffington Post recently posted a video entitled, “ What if Facebook Disappeared Tomorrow?” Feel free to watch here:
What are your thoughts? What do you think would happen if Facebook just disappeared?