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The Positive and Negative Effects of Facebook

Updated on June 13, 2012
Cyber-bullying has become a serious issue on Facebook.
Cyber-bullying has become a serious issue on Facebook.
Many girls post pictures similar to this on Facebook. Anyone can see these, which means potential stalkers too.
Many girls post pictures similar to this on Facebook. Anyone can see these, which means potential stalkers too.

Thesis

Facebook is a very popular social networking site with over eight hundred million users. As an avid user of Facebook myself, I find it hard to believe that at one point it didn't exist. In fact, it has become so much a part of people's lives that you can learn their life story just by checking their page. Their friends, likes and dislikes, relationship status, phone number, address, everything. Sounds a little dangerous. There are positive and negative effects that Facebook has on people, and they can be quite significant.

The Positive Effects

Keeping in touch with family and friends- Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends that live far away. With instant messaging and even video chat, Facebook is the perfect environment to stay connected. With the status updates, photos, and profile information, it can keep you up to date on the happenings of all of your close ones.

Making new friends- Facebook makes meeting new people extremely easy due to the fact that it allows you to add up to thousands of friends, and acts as a social melting pot of the internet. If you comment on a friends status, and one of their friends comments on it, maybe you two will strike up your own conversation. This can lead to a great friendship down the road. Most people find it a lot easier to start a conversation with someone over Facebook than in real life, so a lot of high-school relationships tend to start there. It's as simple as a "You should text me some time."

Expressing yourself- Facebook makes expressing yourself very simple with status updates. Between showing off your favorite song lyrics, to posting pictures of your new outfit, Facebook is the most common way that people express themselves these days. It is a lot harder to feel embarrassment over the internet than in person, so people find it easier to "vent" their feelings on Facebook.


The Negative Effects

Cyber-bullying- On Facebook it is very easy for cyber bullies to thrive. They can harass and/or gang up on one person even easier than they could in a school environment. There aren't moderators that go around monitoring what people say to each other. Anything can be said. There are also a relatively small amount of parents that have Facebook accounts and keep up with their children's. More than once I've witnessed this form of bullying, whether it be about race, appearance, intelligence, etc.

Ruined relationships- Facebook is notorious for causing couples to break up. Let's face it, no one wants to see their girlfriend/boyfriend telling other people that they look cute, or liking their pictures, or instant messaging them constantly. It builds up jealousy, which causes quite a bit of tension in a relationship. The fact that many people try to hook up with others over Facebook while not realizing that these people are in a relationship doesn't help the issue.

Distraction- At the end of the day you may have seen your cousin's new outfit or talked to your sister who is in college, but you still haven't really accomplished anything in the hours that you were on. Critics of Facebook claim that it is a worldwide distraction and even obsession that amounts to nothing except for significant amounts of time wasted. There is even a group that is trying to stunt the influence of Facebook called "Facebook Detox."

Insecurity- Facebook is a cause for insecurities due to the fact that it makes people compare themselves to others. How can you not when all you see is pictures of your friends and acquaintances on your newsfeed?

Stalker friendly- Facebook is a very stalker friendly website. Theoretically, someone that you don't even know can say that they go to your school, add you, and get all of your information. This may include your phone number, house address, and locations you visit frequently. Not to mention the fact that they will be able to go through all of your pictures and get to know you completely without you ever knowing. This is a scary thought, but it is a real issue.

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      Freeandlaughing 4 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      A timely topic! You've raised the major concerns and benefits. Maturity and a balanced life-style can certainly help to keep Facebook addiction at bay...

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      kevinrcain 4 years ago

      Great article. I think one of the negative effects of Facebook that can't be overlooked is what it's doing to communication. I'd argue that Facebook has done to how we communicate what McDonald's has done to the way we eat. More on this here: http://blog.openviewpartners.com/the-negative-effe...

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      Abhilash 4 years ago

      —well, lets face it

      My girlfriend says that if I don't "deactivate" (so-called 'delete') my account on Facebook, she's gonna leave me (high and dry)—ha ha ha—well you know what, THANK YOU—and yes, we talked about it—I don't want unwanted Facebook Detox in my lil' life; 'cause she means a world to me—am washing my hands off Facebook—Flickr or Twitter are healthier—I have a blog http://obhilaash.blogspot.in/ : great for expressing yourself (I'll miss the 'likes' and traffic though)—and I mulled over the "insecurities" and "detraction" points too—to be noted—great job—hats off—thanks for making up my mind, once again— :) (y)

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      greg inglis 2 years ago

      come on guys

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      diamond 2 years ago

      dnt make a fb accout then if you anit going to act right comee on now

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      Julia 2 years ago

      Thank u so much

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      These nuts 2 years ago

      Thanks for the nuts and the information

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      These nuts 2 years ago

      Hahaha

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      Juan De La Cruz 2 years ago

      Sausage

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      Damian Soto 2 years ago

      I like cornnut

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      Abraham Holguin 2 years ago

      I want my sausage i live in Wichita Kansas and i go to Jardine middle school

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      Yamileth Quintana 2 years ago

      I go to jardine middle school and i live in wichita kansas and i love sausage

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      Damien soto 2 years ago

      i ran through the 6 with my woes

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      Yamileth Quintana 2 years ago

      I sell my self to guys

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      jham 2 years ago

      Nice article

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      jazz 23 months ago

      facebook needs to be deactivated

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      it should have some regulations 19 months ago

      it should have some regulations

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      Edel 11 months ago

      Facebook is good and bad in ways but if I have to be perfectly honest I think it's mostly bad.... I feel it's ruins perfectly good relationships due to insercurity when you see your Boyfriend/Girlfriend liking other girls/guys photos, commenting things like you look lovely and things like that..... Just makes the other person that you are with that sees that to feel unworthy or not good enough for them for your boyfriend/girlfriend to go and do something like that to you.... Just think it's very bad for your mental health in many ways than one

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      suaraz 10 months ago

      this was for my social project work thank u so much for putting this thank u ................

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      PrinceJr 8 months ago

      With Facebook,I experienced cyber bullying and harassment by people's comments on my posted pictures ( insecured Frenemies). Unfriend and block them was the best thing to do.After that,me and those bullies always cross our path,but I am pretty sure,I am not guilty,and they felt awkward towards me and melted like an ice ceeam in a cone.I smiled at them and that is my sweet revenge,being happy and still I am just posting good things happend about my daily life activities as well as my blessings,and I don't care about their feelings,its my life and no one can deprived my freedom of expressions as long as I never hurt anybody!The best revenge is be a better man!Sorry for my grammar,pls correct me!Peace!

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      p45h4 6 months ago

      half of these features arent true but okay

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      6 months ago

      what is the conclusion?

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      ICPN 6 months ago

      Seems as good as place as any.....Hello, If this is not allowed please delete! I am a parent who almost lost my child to internet predators. My child will forever be a victim. Anything posted on the internet has a possibility to be there forever.After my child was victimized by people that had been met online, I looked online for help. I found little that was updated. You can say your child does not have a phone. You can even say you know your child's passwords. Did you know most teens have mulitpul pages on such sites? When we were young and our parents said "no", we still found away. It is much worse now.

      Any device can be used as a phone and have social media apps.A phone does not need service to it. The phone can be from anywhere! Everything can get deleted before you even know what they are up too. That was the case for me, I did not know what kik was. I regret everyday not being informed.

      Between "Cyber bullying", "child pornography" and human trafficking our children are available 24 hours a day. If they are getting bullied at school the safety of home is no longer there. I started this page to help other parents, caregivers and grandparents a sounding board. It is a non judgmental and informative page for anyone who cares about the young people in our lives. Education is the key. The internet is constantly changing and so are the threats. Lets help each other keep current.We cannot make the internet a safe place, we can make our kids more internet safe

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      Garvienne Darlington Boyah 4 months ago

      wow! Facebook seem to be very attractive for it accessibility to friends and family members far away. Facebook is a" white teeth black heart" site and we as user should walk in chalk line it. what we post or say reflects our characters. please use it wisely, academically, and/ important conversation.

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      leon 2 months ago

      thanks for the info

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      rajanna saha 4 weeks ago

      yahhh its true . i agree with you sir

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      autonomous 3 days ago

      From the experience of facebook addicts, its more likely to cause depression

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