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Negative Effects of Facebook

Updated on January 2, 2016

How facebook impacts our lives

The internet has become a huge part of our everyday lives. We use it for almost everything including research, pleasure, social networking, and so much more. It has become a way of life. I spend a lot of my own free time browsing the internet. The social networking site Facebook is among one of the most popular sites visited. According to Wikipedia, there are over one billion active users, myself included. Even as popular as it is, I think there are many negative effects it can have on our lives.

One negative effect Facebook has on us is it diminishes our ability to communicate. I’m not suggesting you should not communicate through it, but I do not think your life should revolve around communication through this website. Facebook makes it extremely easy to find and keep in contact with friends and family. With that said, it keeps us away from interacting outside of the internet. We now send out email invites to parties and celebrations through here, chat instead of making the phone call, and send emails instead of writing a letter. A lack of face-to-face communication can really hurt the way we interact with people. We may not realize this at first, but it becomes apparent when we feel awkward trying to actually speak to someone. It increases antisocial tendencies because there is no longer direct communication with another person.

Another point is how addicted we have become to this social networking site. We wake up and check it like it’s a newspaper and keep checking it throughout the day to see what gossip there is to pick up on. People have begun to post their every step, from waking up in the morning until the time they go to bed, including pictures of every meal they have; I have actually caught myself almost posting pictures of my home cooked meals. There is even an option to “check into” places you visit so everyone knows where you are. Facebook is available on your phone so you can log in while away from the computer, feeding your addiction even more. It can really take over your life in a short matter of time.

I think the biggest, negative impact Facebook has on our lives is loss of privacy. For instance, if you do not set your profile to private, anybody has access to every piece of information you decide to share. Potential employers can easily search for you here and find all of your personal information, including some posts or pictures that may ruin your chances of getting a job. One negative post can affect the way people perceive you as a person. Even if you do set your profile to private, there are still ways people manage to see things you are doing on here. An example would be if a friend of yours “likes” a photo or status you have, it will notify their friends of this, therefore the privacy setting is overthrown. You have to be careful as to what you actually want to share for anybody to see.

Facebook is a wonderful place to keep in contact and share all your wonderful moments, but I also believe it is important to understand the negative impacts it can have on us. The traditional ways of communication are falling to the wayside, creating a culture of people who are almost afraid to interact with people. Your privacy and security are important, now more than ever, in this age of instant information. Most importantly, I think we need to remember to spend time with our family and friends outside of the internet and enjoy our time together.

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    • sweethearts2 profile image

      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Great advice and welcome to hp. Looking forward to seeing you around and about.

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      Trish89 4 years ago

      Thank you sweetheart2!!

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      American_Choices 4 years ago from USA

      Facebook is something I must embrace. I have started texting but Facebook and I are not yet conversing on a regular basis. You have motivated me to once again put some thought and effort into this. Thank you!

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      Trish89 4 years ago

      I feel we all need to step away from the computer once in a while and enjoy our loved ones. Technology can easily take up most of our days!!

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      frozenink 4 years ago

      This is very true, especially with the increasing usage of devices like the iPad, Tab, and all the other advanced-tech mobile phones!

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      I have a face book account I will spend a most of time for it without thinking it's negative side. But now I recognize the negatives of the huge network , thanks for sharing.

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      Trish89 4 years ago

      I'm glad you found this useful :)

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      ssharon 3 years ago

      To use fb below 13 years is against law.

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      John Pierre 2 years ago

      Facebook in my social and physiological thoughts and knowledge you watch your picture of your friends and relatives is like a viewing a nude pictures of a woman or women online and if video of them like you are viewing a porn video which can rewires your brain nerves which can makes you feel Hungary saturated sleepy and lazy at the same time me i open Facebook once in a week or couple 15 minutes per day which is bad for us

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