The social media site Facebook seems to divide people into two very different and opposing groups. Those who don’t have a problem with it, and probably use it, and those others who have no time for the nonsense which pervades its pages. It is usually the case, that the latter group are very vocal in their distaste of the medium as a way of communicating. So, I have a simple question for you. Does Facebook do more harm than good?
There can be no doubt that Facebook is successful, with over 2 billion active users worldwide by Sep 2012, and used extensively by all ages. But that alone does not mean it is a good thing. I know generalising is not a good thing, but I find that regular internet users are normally on Facebook (ok, ok so not in all cases!) and those not on Facebook are a very vocal resistance group. Maybe there is good reason for this opposition, but what is it based on?
As a Facebook user, let me give you some annoying irritations:
* The posting of nonsense
* Sharing personal stuff that should stay private
* Expressing bad language or outrageous opinions
* Posting something publicly that you wouldn’t say in person
There are these benefits:
* Choosing my contacts (friends)
* Offensive people or posts can be ‘unfriended’ or ‘blocked’
* Finding and keeping in touch with old long lost friends
* Using ‘Groups’ to keep contacts together, for example a Church
For me, it comes down to a communication tool which I may, or may not choose to use. I have given you a start, so what do you think? Is Facebook a good thing, or do the negatives outweigh the positives such that we should pull out?
I use Facebook. I find it useful in sharing my faith and reaching people or connecting with people that i was unable to connect to before there was Facebook. For me it is good. I believe it's merit is on how we use it.