Facebook on the Decline

Shannan O'Neil, Editor-in-Chief

With most of its success peaking from 2009-2011 among teenagers, college-students, and adults in North America, Facebook has been on the slow and steady decline with its popularity among these groups (maybe with the exception of the adults.)
Originally, Facebook was for college students only until teenagers discovered its accessibility. Sooner than later, middle-aged adults discovered Facebook and its ability to allow them to reconnect with their high school and college friends.

Approximately 67% of Americans have a Facebook, and around 1 billion people around the world are active users making it the most popular social networking site on the Internet.

Reportedly in December of 2012, Facebook lost 1.4 million users in the U.S. alone.

From my own observation, I’ve noticed less people on Facebook (including myself), less conversation, less statuses, less picture sharing, and less birthday posts.

At Wantagh High School, majority of students still use Facebook. “I check Facebook once a day–maybe–for the accepted students college Facebook groups” says Senior Erica Ascher. “But I check Twitter around a million times a day.”

It’s not really a loss for creator Mark Zuckerberg, who is worth $9.4 billion dollars.

What was once the most popular and talked-about website among teenagers and college students might be now one of the most forgotten and useless social networking sites, with its predecessor MySpace.