I’m now in a generation that can’t go to sleep unless we’ve refreshed our Facebook and Twitter news feeds and opened all the Snapchat stories; it’s like a part-time job. This couldn’t be done without our greatly loved friend, the Internet.
So where did it all begin?
The Internet itself began in 1969 in the United States, a long time before the breed of Facebook stalkers were born.
Interestingly, the first sign of interactivity arrived in 1971, email. We are now so consumed by communicating via a screen it’s surprising that technological interaction has only been around for 55 years.
A staggering 33 years later (2004) ‘The Facebook’ was launched for the use of college students and obviously the ‘The’ was dropped because college students can’t be dealing with all that extra hassle. This allowed students to interact with each other in a way that they never had before. Revolutionary.
It was only until 2006 that Facebook was available to anyone with a valid email address, now most of us can’t go a day without refreshing our timelines, even if it is just that same girl getting into ‘a relationship’ for the second time this week and that lad venting about his team losing a football game.
We have become infatuated.
I mean, a relationship is now only really deemed as legitimate if your ‘Facebook official’. For the younger generation this is hardly surprising as it has been around for most of our lives, but what really interests and suprises me is that even the older generation have become consumed too (no Mum, I will not send you that Candy Crush ticket).