Short Commentary: The Psychology of the Facebook Phenomenon

November 19, 2011, By George Lang

Have you ever noticed the “Friend” hints Facebook throws at you in the upper-right corner of your wall? These are suggestions based on what friends you and your current friends might have in common. Have you noticed that they increase the more people you “Friend” on Facebook?

The way I see it, if this fascinating trend continues for another couple years, everybody in the world will be friends with everybody else! It’s like some three-dimensional, upside-down pyramid scheme that will inevitably lead to irreconcilable social commonality between the entire population of the world. And isn’t that the way it should be anyway? Shouldn’t we all be caring for one another, and treating each other like the human brothers and sisters we all are?


Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro dreamed it best in her song, Stoned Soul Picnic, “There’ll be trains of trust, trains of golden dust.”

Ok, so maybe I’m dreaming just a bit. But, like John Lennon so eloquently expressed in his song Imagine, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us; and the world will live as one.”

With social media, particularly mobile social computing, speculated to skyrocket over the next few years, where is this all leading? Are sites like Facebook making the dream happen? Should it happen? Drop us a comment below and let us know what you think.

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