“I’M FAMOUS, ON FACEBOOK”
By: Sandile Zikhali
“Being famous on Facebook is like being rich on Monopoly- it’s not real.”
This statement can start a controversial debate between people who are Facebook fanatics or addicts. These people who are famous only on Facebook have come to be known as “Facelebrities” or “Felebs”.
Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles, USA, found out that people have this urge to share things because of the “me too” mentality. They found out that people want to relate, and belong in a group.
Young teenagers around South Africa have joined in the idea of becoming these cool and famous people on Facebook who end up being praised for getting a lot of likes.
Ajax Bhengu who is known as “Ajax Sihle Bangz” on Facebook, is one of the youngsters who are famous on Facebook.
Bangz, as he likes to be called, is a second year student studying towards a Bachelor of Law (LLB) at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Durban campus.
This young man describes himself as someone who likes helping people. His Facebook group is not just famous on Facebook, but gets together and helps out in orphanages by donating food parcels and clothes.
He said that he believes that Felebs can bring change, since they have the power to influence people.
“Instead of us boasting about who is getting more likes than whom, we should use this power we have and get people doing positive things in life,” Bangz says.
People have different opinions when they are asked what they think of Felebs.
“I think these people just don’t have anything better than to do in life- all they do is upload pictures online and then boast about getting likes. It doesn’t really make sense,” said Sibongiseni Mnyandu, a facebook, ‘hater.’
Even though there are people who are against being Felebs, some say without these Felebs, Facebook would be dull and boring.