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Adam Jolley

Seven ways Facebook has ruined holidays


Fed up with photos from friends in far-flung places invading your timeline? Now in its 10th year, this is just one way Facebook has ruined our holidays.

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Founded in 2004, Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary this month.

On average 757 million users visit the site each day its latest figures show - more than the population of Europe.

However, you can arguably have too much of a good thing, particularly when it comes to Facebook and holidays.

1. It has shrunk the world, and not in a good way

No doubt about it, social media has enabled people around the world to connect with each other on a scale and at a speed never seen before.

But when it comes to travel, this accessibility has arguably taken away some of the spirit of adventure, allowing people to become "too connected".

Posting a pic while you're sat on a beach in Thailand only to receive a "like" from your boss is a sure way to shatter that getting-away-from-it-all feeling.

2. Death by positivity

Aren't some of the best and most memorable travel experiences the moments that don't go to plan?

On Facebook, however, many people simply present a picture-perfect image of themselves having a brilliant time, all the time.

This can lead to death by positivity as you're force-fed a stream of endless holiday cheer.

3. Holiday snaps that should remain private

Despite what many social media companies would have us believe, there is such a thing as over-sharing.

"Oh look, there's Ian from IT in his speedos." "That's a rather revealing bikini Mary from across the street has got on."

Unfortunately, thoughts such as these have become all too common as we've become friends with every man and his dog on Facebook. Yes you've got a tan, now put it away!

4. The loss of proper photography

With the rise of picture-sharing sites such as Instagram, the skill of operating a "real" camera is a dwindling art.

Nowadays you just hold up a smartphone and press click.

And with all sorts of effects, tints and filters available at the touch of a button, anyone can make Barry beach look like Bali.

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5. Travel jealously

"OMG the sunrise in Barbados is simply stunning #Iamonholidayandyouarenot".

With Britain's weather alternating between the deeply miserable to averagely rubbish, annoying updates on Twitter and Facebook from friends sunning themselves is, well, just annoying.

6. The phenomenon of thinking in profile pictures

From the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal, visit any famous landmark in the world and smartphone-wielding tourists can be heard uttering the same phrase:

"That would make an awesome profile pic."

For many people it's now not enough to go somewhere amazing, they need the confirmation of their social media community in order to get their kicks.

7. Security breaches

The thing about sharing your thoughts and plans on social media is that you never know who might be looking.

Innocent updates on sites such as Facebook and Twitter can give criminals information about your holiday plans, making you an easier target for burglary if they know when you'll be away.

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But it's not all bad

Despite some annoyances, social media can have major positives when it comes to travel and holidays.

This is particularly true with regards to customer service, says Iona St Joseph, an account manager at A Social Media Agency (yes, that's its real name).

"Social media has meant that many hotels, holiday companies and resorts have had to up their game," she says.

"It's almost second nature now for people to take to networks such as Twitter if they've had a bad experience.

"They know the brand won't want any bad press floating about online, so their problem should be dealt with in a matter of hours, if not sooner."


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