How Facebook Changed Everything in 10 Years
A review of the most dramatic ways the social network has altered the way we work, date, and perceive ourselves and the world around us
Like it or loathe it, over the past decade Facebook has transitioned from college kids’ favorite procrastination outlet to a network so influential that it can even determine whether you get hired (or fired). Ten years after the site first launched, here’s at look at some of the very real ways that Facebook has impacted every aspect of our lives.
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It Helps Define Relationships
These days it’s difficult to determine what even counts as a date, so defining a relationship can be downright maddening. Facebook can help. In fact, the social network has even inspired a new relationship stage: making it “Facebook Official” by changing the relationship status on your profile. “[O]ne of its most important functions in the modern dating landscape is to provide the opportunity for a bit of clarity and structure in a process that is increasingly ambiguous,” couples therapist Gretchen Kelmer wrote in The New York Times.