05 Aug How Facebook Has Changed Travel
The history of modern day earth is split into two time periods, pre-facebook and post facebook. People used to travel for the purpose of travel itself. Pre-facebook, traveller’s photos were usually developed and put into an album or a box in a dusty corner of their house. If you were really into it you might invite your friends to a ‘slideshow party’ or make them endure a few hours looking through your holiday snaps. Generally apart from asking you what the weather was like, your friends just weren’t that interested about your travels to distant lands. But now, with the invention of facebook, your colleagues, your friends and your loved ones can see your photos whilst you are still actually travelling, only reminding them of what they are missing as they sit in their office poring over facebook when they should actually be working.
Whereas people used to travel purely for the love of travelling, they now secretly travel so they can have more photo tags, more facebook friends from cool countries like Sweden and Australia and some awesome photos doing some amazing stuff. I admit myself that I take photos purely for the purpose of facebook- in my head I’m thinking ‘that would make a great profile picture’. Goddammit I want people to know what a cool time I’m really having. After all, it’s only human instinct.
It’s so much easier to stay in touch with the people you’ve met on your travels and you can see what they’re doing on the rest of their trip. Asking for a telephone number or even an email can seem a little bit too personal when you’ve just randomly met them in a hostel or a bar, but facebooking them is OK. All you need is their surname, and hey presto, you can drop them a casual post or a photo comment and you’re facebook friends for life. Facebook means you can have a global network of friends so when you next visit a country, you can drop one of your facebook friends a line and stay with them for free.
Facebook serves as a scrap book or journal of people’s travels and photos, which, unless god forbid the site becomes extinct, will be there for all to see for eternity. No longer do people get their photos developed even- the first thing they do when they’ve jumped out of a plane or climbed a mountain is upload them to facebook. Then there’s all the travel applications we have these days like Cities I’ve Visited maps to boast of the numbers of countries and continents we’ve been to.
Whether it’s a negative thing or a positive thing, facebook has made it more popular to travel than ever before. The general public can see that there is a whole world out there and more and more people are packing up and travelling the world.