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Facebook: An alternative to real life.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I became active in Facebook only very recently and I have been under a spell since! It is terribly addictive and, honestly, this scares me.

I still remember when older folks were complaining that people rather talked on the phone instead of meeting up in person years ago. Then, a few years ago, they complained that people would rather send text messages on their phones rather than talk to people on the phone.

Now, some might be at a loss when I say the physical world is going to be a lesser reality compared to the online world for many people, well, if it has not happened already! The culprit? Facebook!


Roughly, there are more than 7.1 billion people in this world and Facebook has 1.1 billion users! Just 3 years ago, Facebook had less than half the number of current users!

Facebook has more than doubled the number of users in just 3 years while world population is estimated to have grown only 1.1% per annum. Imagine a business with a penetration rate of 14.29% globally and growing!

We don't have to be very good at math to guess that years into the future, almost everyone will be a Facebook user.

Facebook is not an alternative to real life! It is real life for many people and, I suspect, soon it will be so for all!

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11 comments:

Gary said...

Hi AK, I can see that u r enjoying the greatness of Facebook!!! =))

Gary said...

Hi AK, I uses to have a Friendster.com account but gradually FB took over!!! Facebook is really whoa!! =))

AK71 said...

Hi Gary,

I love it so much that I hate it! LOL!

LoveLocks said...

I used to love FB alot till I realise that all my spare time are spend checking out comments and checking if anyone left any comments on the wall.
I finally deactivate FB last year and am now happily without it.

AK71 said...

Hi Jimmy,

Did I remember your name correctly? I don't know but it just came to me.

Actually, what you have done is something I am wondering if I should do too. Hmmm... Is it a good use of my time?

Cory said...

Treat it like a hook. Once ya gotcha, time to hang the rod.

AK71 said...

Hi Cory,

Too profound. I am lost. :(

Lonely Traveller JPro said...

Hi AK,
This is exactly what albert Einstein had feared for :
“I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots”
This is really quite true now :
http://nj1015.com/these-photos-are-proof-albert-einstein-was-correct-about-technology/
It is sad that more and more people are becoming slave to our gadget.
:-(

AK71 said...

Hi Lonely Traveller,

Hey, thanks for sharing this. I didn't know he said that. :)

Indeed, smart phones are ruling the lives of many people!

Just this morning, a friend told me that his client lost her car keys but at the same time she said, "Thank goodness it is just the car key and not my iPhone."

That speaks volumes.

LoveLocks said...

Yeah AK71,

Good memory :)

AK71 said...

Hi Jimmy,

I recently started taking Gingko Biloba pills. It works! ;p

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