When Facebook launched in the UK in 2005—initially available only to students at select universities, one of which was mine—I remember thinking: but why would I need this? I just want to talk to my friends in person.
And yet, within a few years, I was reconnecting with old school friends on the social media platform, as well as sharing photos with close friends and family who were scattered across the country.
Soon, Facebook was very much part of my every day life. Mine, and 2.45 billion other people around the world.
We came to see that it was actually quite useful to transition at last some of our communication online; that it helped us to feel connected to people we couldn’t see in person.
More recently, as the world has moved in and out of lockdown, we’ve seen so many more traditionally ‘in-person’ activities shift online.