Facebook Anonymous

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It seems like everyone has a Facebook these days, all my coworkers, peers, parents, grandparents, etc. Boasting statistics like, 750 million active users, and 10% of the world population using Facebook (Facebook, 2011). But is this a good thing?

 

Personally I say no. I have had a Facebook since my freshman year in college, so for five years now, and yes I used to be addicted. Hi, my name is Amanda Martin, and I am a recovered Facebook-aholic. When I lived at University Park, State College I was on Facebook every half hour, at least. I typed instead of texted, and to get an invite to a party I need to get my event invite via Facebook. Now I can't stand it. I understand it is a nice way to connect with friends and lost loved ones, but I think some people from our pasts weren't meant to be found. Also so much needless drama is generated on Facebook. I think the problem is the immense amount of micromanaging that goes on, with everybody's constant updates on what they are doing when and where.

 

Aside from my personal dislike for social media in general, there are some real risks of danger with use of social media sites like Facebook. There is real risk of cyber bullying. Cyber bulling is the harassment of others through the use of technology such as cell phones and computers (Schneider, Gruman, & Coutts, 2005). Also the security of our personal information is at risk. Facebook assumes we will all put our security settings on high (Vinson, 2010) to keep us safe.

 

I will acknowledge there are definite positives to social networks, such as political change and things of the like. But do the positives outweigh the negatives?

 

Reference:

 

Facebook. (2011). Statistics. Retrieved online at: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

 

Schneider, F.W., Gruman, J.A., & Coutts, L.M. (2005).  Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Vinson, K. E. (2010). The blurred boundaries of social networking in the legal field: Just "face" it. The University of Memphis Law Review, 41(2), 355-412. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/860067897?accountid=13158

 

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