Facebook Home Will Prove Addictive Only to the Socially Obsessed
NEWS ANALYSIS: Facebook introduces an Android-based system of apps that provides constant access to Facebook but fails to explain why this is a good thing.The rumors that circulated before the April 4 announcement of Facebook Home were frightening. It would be a new social networking device for developing nations, said the rumormongers. It would introduce the third-world to the wonders of social networking. I imagined what it would be like to have the entire world’s net productivity drop by the percentage of time that would be taken up by nearly constant Facebook contact. Other rumors indicated that the new Facebook Android phone would have a version of the OS unlike any other, one that would be Facebook down to its very core. With this version, everything about you that Google already didn’t know would be known by Facebook. I imagined the impact of a Facebook vulnerability that would provide the deepest, inner-most secrets of a person’s Facebook life to the Anonymous hackers. Then I realized that the deep, innermost life of most Facebook users would likely cause brain damage if consumed all at once and that Anonymous would probably stay away out of a sense of self-preservation.
But then Facebook Home was finally introduced. Folks, it’s just some Android apps that make Facebook ubiquitous on your phone, but nothing more. The chance of a global productivity depression was apparently overstated. The insidious spread of All Things Facebook throughout the developing world probably won’t happen. Civilization is spared—mostly.