When it comes to social media, I’d like to think I’m ahead of the game. But back in the days of high school, I could have cared less about it. Facebook became popular during my senior year of high school, but I didn’t cave into creating an account until I was forced to- when it was time to find out who our college roommates would be.
The timing that I entered the Facebook world was perfect. I joined the official page for my college’s graduating class and got to see who would be living with me, who was from my area, etc. Every day, I had so many new friend requests with the “Marist ‘11” identification beneath their name. My wall was filled with enthusiastic messages from my soon-to-be classmates, like “Leo Hall is going to be the best dorm”, and “Can’t wait to meet you- it looks like we’re living 2 doors down from one another!”
My timing was perfect also because Facebook was one of the main ways I could communicate with my friends from home. Everyone from home would write posts weekly on my wall saying how much they missed me, random old classmates would ask how college was going and I would get so many photo comments and likes- I felt like a celebrity!
Facebook got even better once I settled into college. My new friends would write all our inside jokes from the weekends and send me bumper stickers relating to our lives (remember how popular that app used to be?)
Over the years, my opinion on Facebook changed. It started to become a way for everyone to brag about how awesome their life is or just stalk each other. As I became busier with the work of college and grew apart from some old friends, the number of notifications of loving wall posts and photo comments became less and less. As stupid as it sounds- it hurt a little. I wondered why no one liked me enough to check in on me or tell me I looked pretty anymore.
I realized that this shift happened with time. It seems the excitement of going to college faded as I got further into my time there, people cared less about others and more about their new lives and it became uncool to write on someone’s wall 4 times a week. The popular social network changed with my generation.
I didn’t realize how huge this shift in Facebook was until I looked back on my “timeline” to my freshman year of college. It made me a mixture of sad and happy, but most of all, it made me nostalgic for a simpler time, when all I had to worry about was what to wear Friday night and which intro class I should choose. Sigh.