Facebook Has Its Disadvantages
Facebook is a great social network, where we can interact with friends, get a chance to know new people, find some information, spend some time playing entertaining games, browse interesting things, etc. Everything seems so harmless, and in the eyes of many people, Facebook – is an angel which brings joy, happiness, entertainment and a feel of communion. But don’t people see what is behind friendly colours of Facebook? The only answer here is “No”. Sheryl Sandberg on the interview (2010) said that two years ago there were only 150 million users and 200 million visits a month, now there are over 500 million users and more than 175 million visitors per day.
Probably nothing will slow down this rapidly growing pace, until it will reach maximum amount of users. These numbers will continue to accelerate because of the technology improvements in the world. Today there are many ways through which everyone can access Internet. We can see many people using their mobile phones or their laptops to access Facebook. And they can do it in almost any place: in the underground, in the supermarket, at school, etc. It happens because of the easy Internet accessibility. Another cause of these raising numbers is Facebook’s advertising company. Facebook’s logo is almost everywhere. This social network has integrated with Skype, YouTube, Google and other Internet companies that is why it keeps appearing everywhere in front of our eyes. Let’s not forget the film, which was made in 2010 called “The Social Network”; it is more likely that the numbers of users after this film have increased.
People tend to judge the book by its cover and not look inside of it. But if we look carefully through the pages of this book, we will find some hidden “red and black colours”, or in other words, dark sides. Facebook is that “book”, which we will leaf through, and you will see what devil hides underneath the cover.
Facebook makes you feel lonely and depressed.
How many friends do you have on Facebook? Do you chat and interact with all of them? A research, made by Prof Turkle (2011), showed that in average one active member has 130 friends. What is wrong with that you may ask? The answer to this question is simple; the user only knows 30 people and other 100 are just to fill up his whole of loneliness. We keep commenting on photos, statuses, writing something on users “walls”, pressing the “Like” button, because we don’t want to feel ourselves alienated. We do it again and again, waiting for someone who would do the same thing for us. And when there is no reply or a reciprocal comment, we become depressed. Leanne Rivers (2010), the co-director of the Samaritans' Central London branch, claims that social networks such as Facebook only add to our loneliness. Facebook users are surrounded with friends, but they aren’t able to make lasting borders, that is why they are still and will be lonely.
There are many bloggers who write about bad effects of Facebook on your mood. For example, James Wharris (2009), when he sees his friends profile walls he is becoming lonely, because these friends are far away from him and they are telling him what a wonderful time they are having. Who wouldn’t feel lonely and depressed after hearing: “I am having such a great time right now; it’s too bad that you can’t come.”? There are also various websites where you can find people telling stories about their bad experience with Facebook, for instance http://www.experienceproject.com/stories. Some people on this website say:”If you don’t have friends in real life, it is unlikely that you will make them via social networks.”
Facebook is fuelling divorce.
A research (2009) made it clear that websites like Facebook and Bebo, can easily increase your chances of divorce. Some lawyers claim that social networks are tempting people to cheat on their partners. Your suspicious spouse can easily log on to Facebook, and check whether you are flirting with someone or not. If your lover finds any evidence of your flirts, then get ready for scandal, maybe it will even lead to a divorce. Who knows, what can happen? It is common that people don’t trust each other.
A law company in the UK which specializes in divorces says that one out of five petitions they processed cited Facebook. Also the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers claims that 81% of their employees used evidence from social networks. Some people find out that their spouse breaks up with them via Facebook. For example, Emma Brady recognized that her husband had left her by checking his status on Facebook "Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady”. "Technology just got ahead of common sense." (Gross, 2011)
Facebook decreases work productivity
Facebook is an evil parasite who eats our time. Some organisations would agree with this statement. One company has estimated that because of the fall in employee productivity, they lost around $2.25 billion. This company also claims that Facebook was the major cause of these losses.
Nucleus Research survey showed that institutions lose around 1.5 workers per 100 in employee productivity to the time-consuming activity called “Facebooking”. Some claim that Facebook is necessary in today’s business world. But 87% of those who took participation in the survey told that they use Facebook at work without any connections to the business-related purposes.
A study made by Trend Micro shows how the use of social networks, in big and small companies, has increased over the last two years. Trend Micro looked at the habits of 1600 Internet users from Germany, Japan, UK and U.S. They found that in total social software use has risen by 5%. It has increased by 10% in Germany, the biggest rise in comparison to the other countries. One of the most popular social website used by these users – was Facebook.
Facebook has a bad influence on childen
Must we protect our children from this evil? Psychologists are concerned about how children’s behavior has changed over the last 3 years. They became less social, less attentive. Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield (2009) claims that social networks, especially Facebook, infantilize our brain, train it to have a poor attention span. According to her point of view we must consider an assumption, that socializing in front of a computer screen can increase chances of autism (mental insanity; inability to communicate with people). Networking can’t teach our children to real life communication.
Since there are no grammar rules on Facebook, some teachers start to complain that teenagers and children have more and more problems with their grammar and spelling. It is due to frequently use of “Chat language”, for example: lol, g2g, bb, cya, bbq, msg, etc. Students use these parasite words in their essays, which leads to lower grades.
A study conducted by the Netherlands’ Open University (2009) has proven that those students who use Facebook tend to have lower grades then those who don’t use it. They used 219 students at an American University; in the end of the task, those who don’t use Facebook had 3.82 GPA (Grade point Average), and others, who use it, had GPA of 3.06, which is significantly lower.
Your personal data isn't safe on Facebook
If you thought that your private information is kept safe, well than, think again. It is NOT! Facebook can do anything with your data, because you agree to these terms (distribution and data manipulation), and you are unable to avoid them. It is necessary to tick these rules when you are registering. Facebook can easily sell your personal data to third parties and to companies with which they have relationships.
On the interview Mark Zuckerberg (2010), said that Facebook can’t control companies who spread their applications around the social web. When we add any sort of application to our profile, it leeches our private information. There are also other concerns about privacy on Facebook, for example, weak protection system from external attacks. Would you trust your personal data to this “half-baked” social software?
It is very hard to see all of these problems when we are looking on the “cover of the book”. Sneaky devil Facebook has far more dark sides that we have investigated in this report. To understand more, we must dig deeper and deeper.
Many questions arise after the investigation. Should companies ban Facebook to increase their work productivity? Should parents protect their children from using Facebook? Should we stop giving away our true private information? And the biggest question – Do we need a Facebook account?
Thank you for reading!
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