How College Students React To The 'Facebook Exodus'

facebookAccording to a recent article in The New York Times, many once-loyal users are quitting Facebook for various reasons: “One person shut down her account because she disliked how nosy it made her. Another thought the scene had turned desperate. A third feared stalkers. A fourth believed his privacy was compromised. A fifth disappeared without a word.” I hate to say it, but I think that I may be jumping on the bandwagon soon and will completely stop using Facebook as well.

My relationship with Facebook began when I started college. Though it was fun posting photos from over the weekend, and staying in touch with high school friends via writing on walls, it has simply become too overwhelming. And like any fad which comes and goes, the “new Facebook” is of course Twitter – which I find more professionally applicable as it helps me stay updated on breaking news and events.

Not everyone agrees the deemed “Facebook Exodus” will happen however, and here are some responses from a few college students I surveyed:

"Facebook has been great in allowing me to connect with friends and stay updated on everyone's lives. I really don't foresee letting go of it anytime in the near future. The only downside is that Facebook now resembles Twitter. I wish it would stay true to its original layout. I also think its growing popularity has somehow made it OK for potential employers to peruse through people's profiles as a sort of background check, when in fact such an action is an intrusion of privacy. Overall, I am still a huge user and would not be able to live without it!" – Jessica Li, senior at Boston University

"I will definitely continue to use Facebook. I just haven't found a suitable replacement. MySpace is creepy and Twitter is more [about] sharing certain pieces of information." – April Lee, senior at University of Maryland

"Since parents have joined Facebook, it is no longer a place for you and your friends to talk and stay connected. It is awkward getting friend requests from adults, especially if they are from a previous employer. I'm never sure about whether to limit my profile. It blurs the line between work and personal life. I feel like my online presence has to be more professional now because previous and future employers will check to see what I've been saying on Facebook or Twitter." – Mariam Shahab, senior at Boston University