Facebook is an infectious disease. Really?

A new study of Facebook’s user base has predicted that the social network’s rapid growth will prove unsustainable and that the site will lose 80% of its users between 2015 to 2017. The researchers are saying that ‘Facebook’ is a highly contagious disease amongst the youth and if it reaches a certain critical mass of ‘infected’ users, these individuals will ‘recover’ and quit the site. This application of disease dynamics to social media networks sounds like a bad fit. The Researchers say that these sorts of disease models have been shown to work in the past, writing in their paper that “ideas like diseases, have been shown to spread infectiously between people before eventually dying out.” “People on Facebook share their ideas with each other and after a certain point of time Mani-festers lose interest in the ideas as the gain of immunity to the idea.”

What do you think about this article? Do you think Facebook will fade away in the coming years?