I’ve been a user of Facebook for more than three years now (three years, two months and 21 days to be exact — as of this writing). Since the start of this year, I’ve been feeling bored of using Facebook.
The only time I get excited using it is when I upload photos of the activities of my kids to share it with my family and friends.
It used to be that I could not wait to check my Facebook wall once I get home, but now there are days when I don’t even bother checking my wall.
Recently, though, I read an article in Huffington Post about Sean Parker, founder of the infamous Napster and former shareholder of Facebook. The article echoed the same sentiment that I have about Facebook.
Parker said, “Faceboook isn’t helping you make new connection, Facebook doesn’t develop new relationships, Facebook is just trying to be the most accurate model of your social graph. There’s a part of me that feels somewhat bored by all of this.”
Parker made this statement while in the midst of launching his new product called “Airtime.” Ironically, Airtime is a Facebook-powered video-chatting service. It allows people to chat with both strangers and friends.
Parker hopes that his new product will provide surprise and serendipity to the internet.
Parker’s comment seems to confirm the results of a recent survey conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. The survey found out that 34 percent of Facebook users were spending less time on the website than six months ago, while only 20 percent were spending more time.
The chief reasons of the 34-percent less time spent were: Boring, not relevant, or nor useful.
In the same survey, about two of five people said that they used Facebook every day. Nearly half of the Facebook users polled spent about the same amount of time they used on the social network six months ago.
The survey also mentioned that the most frequent Facebook users are people with ages between 18 and 34. Of this group, 60 percent of them are daily users. Twenty-nine percent of people who are 55 years old and older are also daily users.
Despite Parker’s earlier comment, he thinks that it is hard for him to imagine Facebook going away because it is now a basic utility and has become an integral part of people’s lives.
Every time, my son or daughter whines to me that they are bored, I asked them the question, “What would you want to do?” They always reply, “I don’t know.”
I think our lives nowadays are so fast-paced that anything that remains the same in even a short period quickly becomes boring.
But the trouble is, we don’t know what we want next.