Michael Spencer
#2 LinkedIn Top Voice 2016 | Futurist |

I think it has been well known to younger people for years that Facebook isn’t the playground it once was.

I think it’s a well kept secret, but historians will remark how 2015 was the beginning of the end for Facebook. Facebook is dying, and there is nothing we can do about it. The world is evolving past Facebook. Facebook as a company will evolve with its VR, with SMS and Instagram. But Facebook as a platform is likely to see huge losses by 2020, or even earlier. I personally think 2016 will herald a more noticeable shift away from Facebook.

As a futurist and a social media theorist, I want Facebook to die. And let me explain what I mean by this. Facebook exploded in popularity and brought social media of the social snooping model to the lime light, to the point where they have such an absurd monopoly, they are like the google of social media. This isn’t a good thing, they buy up companies and make the landscape less creative, varied and truly innovative.

Siding with Facebook when it came to the stock market become harder when the idea of college kid’s innovation was permanently replaced by the image of a mega corporation with greedy stake holders.
With all things that trend and bloom and blossom, they also bust! The bubble will burst. Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University.

Young people are abandoning Facebook for its little sister, Instagram. Reflecting the mobile engagement of the times.
As Facebook is becoming mainstream for baby-boomers, it’s likely Millennials will gradually spend less time on it, opting for Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr & spending more time on SMS for actual authentic communication.
Between 2015 and 2020, new social media platforms that represent the future will emerge and displace Facebook.
Facebook is 10.5 years old, and in Social media age, that’s well, prehistoric. I don’t personally care if Facebook has 1.5 billion users or if they try to bring broadband to countries without internet access to solidify their profits and (strangle-hold) position.
John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler, from the Princeton university’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department, have based their prediction on the number of times Facebook is typed into Google as a search term. The charts produced by the Google Trends service show Facebook searches peaked in December 2012 and have since begun to trail off.

Facebook has its moment in the social media sun, was the poster boy of a certain changing of the guard, now it’s time, desperately time for new shifts to be made, new channels to arise that are more authentic, less invasive and more psychologically healthy.

Facebook’s so uncool, but it’s morphing into a different beast hoping to survive
In 2013, there was an article that went on to state that Facebook is “not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried”, but the networking is morphing into a tool for keeping in touch with older family members.

It’s not like Facebook has a niche, except its unsavory popularity and penetration (more for being an early exploiter of a novel idea at the time) that for being a useful platform, breakthrough interface or for offering any real substance.

Facebook? More like oldbook am i right..

I can see Twitter live on, it’s useful and newsworthy and its legacy of hashtags will be inherited just like they have on Instagram so very effectively. I can see LinkedIn evolve in becoming a useful place that serves an educational and professional function. But Facebook, it feels its age (old) and no longer truly inspires.

It preys upon marketers now and mobile advertising for an easy buck. Pretty much exploits its reach, for a last hurrah of profit. I personally, have friends on my Facebook network who leave Facebook, likely on a monthly occurrence. Many of the people I speak who work in IT and digital marketing, don’t even use Facebook and don’t have profile there any longer.

As Facebook became a behemoth, it started to be seen by some as an evil data corporation that represented global neo-liberal capitalism
Many who have left the platform, call it “Facistbook”, in reflection of the amount of control and lack of true privacy settings. Psychologically, Facebook has been shown to increase social comparison, induce insecurity, increase symptoms of depression for the socially vulnerable and promote a kind of thinking that makes social spying seem normal. The short “feel good” moments of the cute puppy video or of seeing pictures of family members and friends in other countries, don’t always make up for all the awkward array of emotions in the user experience that Facebook entails, the bad memories of having Facebook “grow up with us”.

While teens jump to Tumblr and Snapchat as parent free zones, what the world needs is a true contenteder to dethrone the lame beast that Facebook is. There is not a “dislike” button big enough, that can empathizes enough with the masses, to truly inform the world how tired we are of Facebook.

A day will come in your life, when you will breakup with Facebook and delete your profile, and be happier for it. We live in a world where we cannot not choose to search with Google, let’s not make the same mistaken, and choose to live in a world where Facebook does not control every part of our social media existence.

Signed, for all Millennials.


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