Back in the '70s, there was a hit song called Dust in the Wind, by a group called Kansas. The punchline of the chorus of that song went, "Nothin' lasts forever but the earth and sky." That's an apt sentiment for teenagers' interest in Facebook these days. Hard to believe, isn't it? I thought Facebook would eventually take over the Federal government and we would wind up living our lives subject to being evaluated by those ubiquitous thumbs-up-thumbs-down "Like or Dislike" icons. Well, as Kansas predicted, nothing lasts forever, not even Facebook's popularity.
Why is this a topic for a college information-related blog? Well, the whimsical interests and trends of young people can have an important influence of their lives, in the areas of potential direction and possibly career (better known as "life's work") choices. If one takes a closer look at why teens seem so arbitrary at times, and why their preferences change on a dime sometimes, you can scratch the surface of their cultural/anthropological motivations and influences. That's heavy stuff, but it can be fun.