The end of the road for Facebook?


Here’s a depressing thought: apparently, the average Facebook user spends 23 hours per month using the social networking site. With 500,000,000 users worlwide, that means that 700 billion minutes are being consumed by Facebook as people spend hours on end ‘poking’ their “friends” and  ‘liking’ photos and videos etc. However, recent news shows that some people have got sick of endless timewasting and started deleting their accounts. In fact, 100,000 users in the UK deactivated their Facebook membership during May. But, it’s not the end of the world yet for founder, Mark Zuckerberg, as there are still 29.8 million users in the UK.


Would you be able to commit “Facebook suicide” (as it is known) and log-off for good? If you are one of those people who can’t resist uploading every single photo of you throwing up after 20 cocktails or smiling into the camera with “disco” eyes in a club, then if you work in an office, you might want to consider deleting your account before your boss sees them and you end up in all sorts of trouble.


Don’t get the wrong end of the stick though! I’m not completely anti Facebook. I use it to mainly keep in touch with my friends all over the world to find out how things are at their end. However, I don’t do constant ‘status updates’ like, “Just going to bed” or “Having a pizza with Jenny”. If I am ever on the receiving end of too much stuff like that from one person, then I usually switch off their updates permanently. At the end of the day, I could live without Facebook and use email to stay in contact with friends…Or making a phone call! Or even actually seeing them face-to-face in real life! Imagine that!


Even though 6,000,000 users in the USA also left Facebook last month, I don’t think that Zuckerberg will be struggling to make ends meet anytime soon. It is rumoured that he will sell Facebook for around $100 billion. So, even if 200 million people stop using Facebook after that, he’s still going to be one rich son of a bitch. End of!


If you are addicted to the Internet, just can’t leave your computer alone and can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel, then maybe deleting your Facebook account would be the first step in the right direction. Don’t forget to keep reading the SGI blog though!!!

Glossary: END Idioms (& more)

end of road
the point after which progress or survival cannot continue
To do sth for hours on end
to do sth for a very long time
without end
Not the end of the world
not such a huge problem
end up in trouble
to find yourself in trouble, with problems
Don’t get the wrong end of the stick
Don’t misunderstand me – don’t get the wrong idea
How are things at your end?
How are you?
to be on the receiving end
when sb receives the result of an unpleasant action
At the end of the day
when you think about everything. Alternatives: All things said and done, All things considered
to make ends meet
to try to live/survive with very little money
End of
(Informal) Full saying is ‘End of story’, which means ‘there is nothing more to say about a subject that is being talked about
To see light at the end of the tunnel
a sign (that you have been waiting for, or wanting for a long time) that some bad thing is nearly finished or over.

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