Are we being slaves to Facebook?

By Chuong Duong   March 5, 2024 | 08:34 pm PT
Are we being slaves to Facebook?
Facebook becomes inaccessible on a smartphone in Hanoi at around 10:34 p.m., March 5, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Luu Quy
Last night, as I was lying in bed checking my Facebook Messenger before going to sleep, my account was suddenly logged out. After several failed attempts to enter my password, I thought I had been hacked.

Immediately, another messaging app started bombarding me with notifications: Facebook is down. My group of friends messaged: "Luckily we still have this chat group, otherwise we wouldn't know how to contact everyone."

We had created this chat group on this messaging app a while ago, during a previous Facebook outage. My friends also informed me that Facebook, Instagram, and other Meta apps were also down. On TikTok and X (formerly Twitter), everyone was also panicking about Facebook going down. At my company, except for important matters which are communicated via internal email, casual directives from the boss or normal work exchanges all take place on Facebook Messenger and Facebook groups.

Fortunately, Facebook went down last night when people were about to go to sleep, not during work hours. After last night's Facebook outage, this morning my boss started instructing everyone to create a chat group on another application as a precaution.

At the beginning of 2023, Vietnam had 77.93 million internet users, accounting for 79.1% of the population. We are in the top 10 countries with the highest number of Facebook users in the world, with 66.2 million users, ranking 7th. Besides sharing life's various moments of eating, sleeping, joy and sadness on this social network, it is also the main platform for people to exchange contact information, work discussions, sales, customer contacts and advertising...

Even though Facebook started working again about an hour later, many people complained about the brief interruption. Are we becoming too reliant on Facebook?

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