Conditions of Use
When Mark Zuckerburg invented Facebook, or Jack Dorsey created twitter, did they realize how many people worldwide would be affected by it? Not only are social media sites addicting, but they are also used for bullying and hurting people. Sure, social networks give you an opportunity to connect with friends and family, but what happens when someone doesn’t use their account responsibly?
On one hand, social media does have its benefits. Some kids, who may feel lonely at school, can make friends online, that do not judge them. If you aren’t really familiar with a person, Facebook allows you to get to know each other better. You can wish someone you don’t really talk to a happy birthday online, whilst you probably wouldn’t have in person.
However, people are in such a rush these days, that they don’t think before they post a comment, or send a message. You can easily hurt someone without having any idea you did, since you cannot see the impact of your words on the opposite persons face. People often forget the power of language, and once something is out on the web, there is no taking it back. Many kids act differently on facebook then they do in person. Some people, spend way too much time on the internet, and are constantly connected, even when they are not online. They will be absent minded from what is going on around them, and instead they are worried about quickly finding a wireless internet connection somewhere, so they can check their account. Haven’t people got anything better and more useful to do?
As a Facebook user myself, I can say that it can become very addicting. At one point, I was checking facebook over 5 times a DAY. I stopped going outside, and my phone was always in my pocket, even at home. Most of my time was wasted each day, and I began to feel tired, lazy, and even depressed. Finally, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, and I deactivated my account. With just a press of a button, it felt as if there was a heavy load on my shoulders, and finally, it had been lifted.
Socializing with someone is more fun and healthy in person than it is through the internet. Constantly connecting to social network sites, can affect you emotionally, and will always be on your mind no matter where you are. It will be harder for you to focus on real life when your mind is always wondering how many notifications you have , and who recently followed you. Do you really want to risk becoming addicted, and maybe even being labeled as a “bully”?
Article posted April 5, 2012 at 07:12 AM •
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