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Why Should I Use Facebook?

Updated on April 26, 2014

Not yet on Facebook?

You have not yet made your entry to the world's most popular social networking site Facebook, and you are still indecisive on whether or not to join. Is it a waste of time? What can you expect once you get on to the social networking world online? I still know many people (including friends and family members) who are not yet on Facebook. The usual excuses given are: "I don't have time" or "It's a waste of time". If you have your own reasons for not joining any social networking site, then well and good but if you are still two-minded about whether or not to join one then this page will help you out in making the correct decision. A number of reasons are given on why you should or should not use Facebook, whether your kids should use Facebook and what are the common concerns linked with Facebook usage. Go through these points carefully, weigh the pros and cons and make your decision accordingly.

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Why You Should Use Facebook

Facebook is mainly used for the following reasons:

  1. To connect with others
  2. For seeing latest pictures and updates from your friends
  3. Playing games easily like Scrabble with friends
  4. Spreading awareness about your brand or business with the help of a Facebook page
  5. Self promotion

Mostly, you have to answer these questions

  • Do you want to stay connected with the latest news about your friends or family members?
  • Do you want to promote your brand? It might be a new business or an established business, setting up a Facebook page for your brand is a must nowadays. The traffic social networking sites boast of is incomparable. You might as well use it to your benefit.
  • Do you want to feel good about yourself by promoting your achievements? Get an ego boost? (best for people who are suffering from low self esteem)
  • Are you bored out of your wits or looking for some new ways to entertain yourself? (though staying online is the last thing I would recommend, those who are bed-ridden or have limited options might enjoy getting on Facebook). You can also join Funny Facebook Groups or play games; get yourself occupied for hours on end.
  • Do you think you have an amazing sense of humor and you have the gift of entertaining others with your words? There are people out there who have become famous on Facebook just by posting original funny Facebook quotes.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to be on Facebook and use it according to your preference.

What Facebook Should Not Be Used For

If you have decided to join Facebook, then please note the following points on what Facebook should not be used for:

  1. Spying on others on Facebook - Yes, a lot of people do this nowadays but trust me what good would you ever get by spying or stalking people on Facebook who have no wish to contact you or keep in touch with you? Such a waste of time right? It is human nature to want to spy but don't use it in such a way that it will be harmful to you or for the person in question. I know people who keep spying on their ex's Facebook page and cry a bucketful whenever they see an unpleasant post or status update. Why do this to yourself? Move on.
  2. Bullying others on Facebook - Don't create a Facebook profile with the malicious intent to bully others or to publish demeaning comments about someone from your past. Sure, there might be people who have done you wrong but let Karma do its job. Cyberbullying is a crime and you should never get yourself into such a situation no matter how pissed off you are. Feedback to products or brands however is welcome and you might want to send across your point without being too over emotional or whiny about it. Show your mature stint while dealing with problems and the company would be more than glad to help out such a customer. This also leads to more customer satisfaction.
  3. Stealing Facebook content or pictures - There are many photographers or writers out there who publish their pictures or notes to the public on Facebook. If you are looking for new content or photos, stealing is not an answer. If in case you want to use any content, always ask for permission first from the author.

Why You Should Not Use Facebook

So I have given you reasons on why you should use Facebook and how to properly use it i.e. things it should not be used for. Now that the pros have been mentioned, here are some cons of using Facebook.

  • Facebook is downright addictive. If you have friends who are active as well on Facebook, then rest assured you will spend lots of hours on the social networking site commenting, liking posts, publishing status updates etc. Even if each activity takes only few minutes, collectively that's a huge amount of time you're spending away on Facebook. This is perhaps one of the most important reasons why you shouldn't be using it.
  • You will be more prone to attacks from gossip mongers. There are lot of people out there with ghost profiles on Facebook and their major activity is to just scan through status updates, posts and gossip about it to their friends. Everything you do on Facebook is out there and there's little privacy involved with the whole thing.
  • Once you get addicted, the real life seems less entertaining and you get bored way too soon. I know dozens of people who would prefer to Facebook away even if there is a social gathering or a party happening around them. Virtual networking tends to take precedence over real life networking and that's far from good.

A Waste of Time?

There are a large number of people who have told me that Facebook is a waste of time which is why they don't want to set up an account. Is connecting with people a waste of time? Especially to those who are far away from us? True, you can connect to them via Skype or online chat messengers but in such cases it is more like being in a party with only two people. The whole socializing bit in Facebook is what makes it fun. I don't recommend however to spend your entire time on Facebook -- now that would be a waste of time.

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A Distraction at Work?

There are many companies (especially in India) which have banned social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter in offices. Reason being obvious -- people usually don't have any control in accessing the website at their work place which leads to reduced productivity.

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Should Kids Use Facebook?

So your kid is pestering you because he/she wants to open a Facebook account but you're not yet sure about it. Should kids use Facebook? It would be best if until the teenage years, kids are kept away from online social networking. They should be encouraged to go out and get active rather than sit in front of the computer all day. The sad plight nowadays is more and more children are becoming couch potatoes and many prefer gaming all day long. This affects their health from early years and the results will start showing as they grow older. So don't give in to their demands (as much as possible) and educate them on the importance of good health. Online social networking can wait!

Keeping these points in mind..

.. You might come to the conclusion of whether or not you should use Facebook if you haven't joined already. There's always a bad side and a good side to everything. Closely analyze and jump into the online scene accordingly. You don't want to turn into an online networking addict -- the real life is way too beautiful for that.

Interesting Read on How to Use Facebook Effectively:


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    • divacratus profile image

      Kalpana Iyer 5 years ago from India

      Oh yes! That's annoying but over time I have started tuning them off. I mean I hardly notice them nowadays :)

    • Joseph Renne profile image

      Joseph Renne 5 years ago from Milton

      Interesting Hub. I use Facebook to talk to my friends. I hate all the Ads and How 'likes' turn into ads. I posted a Hub Talking About The Exact Opposite Of this one. How to quit using facebook.