The new Facebook? That’s the least of our worries

The new Facebook? That's the least of our worries

by Mauricio MarquezContributing Writer

There is no doubt that we live in a time where technological development is rapidly changing the way we interact with the world around us.

If we go back a century, heck, if we go back 50 years, it wasn’t possible to keep in touch with our friends and family by texting, e-mail, instant messenger or the ever-popular social networks like Facebook.

The latter of these methods of communication has been getting a lot of attention lately from many of our contemporaries.

The new Facebook is very different from the old one. Things are in different places and new tabs separate the different text and multimedia contents that were once all found on one page.

These changes have caused some people discomfort and, in some cases, anger. I’m sure almost everyone with a Facebook account has been invited to one of many “Bring back the old Facebook” groups.

I believe that the outraged reaction of some of our peers is justified. Not because Facebook was in the wrong for updating, but because it’s natural for us as human beings to be scared about the unknown.

Like the update of Microsoft Office before it, the new Facebook had many of us looking for the familiar applications, photos and information that were once accessible by going to one page.

It wouldn’t be far-fetched to state that a few days into the changes, a decent amount of students were a little more than stressed with this new version, and the natural thing to do was to demand for the beloved and familiar version back.

But after we’ve had some time to get used to the new Facebook, it really seems like the time has come for those upset by the changes to accept them and move on.

It was bound to happen. In this day and age nothing remains the same for long. It’s mindboggling how often “new and improved” versions of products are introduced into the market for our consumption.

But it also comes down to an issue of adaptability. As I have learned in my management courses, those people who are more apt to take a positive view on change are those who achieve higher standards of performance. They are usually promoted to higher positions than their peers who did not adapt well, or at all, to technological changes.

And what does this outrage over Facebook speak about us as a generation?

How many of us were aware that the recent failure of Washington Mutual is being hailed as the largest bank failure in the history of the United States?

Our politicians are faced with the option of allowing the Treasury Department $700 billion to revive our financial system. Were you aware of that?

We are the generation that lived through the fall of communism, but can’t remember it.

We are the ones that saw the rise of terrorism and will never forget it. It’s safe to say that we will experience many other radical changes as we go forth from these college walls.

So to those of you that are still upset about the new version of Facebook, please build a bridge and get over it. We have more important things to worry about.