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Granted, for many college students, Facebook is something more than a pastime — it’s a passion. Some even become so wrapped up in their online community it becomes obsession. So it comes as little surprise that, when faced with the addition of apparently disliked features, News Feeds and Mini-Feeds, there was a visible reaction. What is surprising, and at least a little disheartening, is how organized and widespread it was.

To think, in a time when so many things in our world need attended to, that the potentially great thinkers of the next decade are more concerned with the streamlined delivery of already-public information affecting their friends lists. There’s something decidedly wrong with this situation.

Although the many student activists, such as the pair who started Facebook group Students Against Facebook News Feeds, and those who participated in petitioning the features be removed, demonstrated an appreciable understanding of how to enact a change, it’s a shame they couldn’t focus on a more important issue. In just three days, 600,000 had made their opinion heard through some form of protest to Facebook. With this kind of participation, it stands to reason that any issue could be brought to public debate for a solution.

It’s just too bad we only chose Facebook.