Facebook is popular social networking site with almost 1 Billion users. In fact, it has become such a huge part of people’s lives that we can extract enough information to write a person’s biography by just checking out their Facebook profile. Sounds a little too dangerous, doesn’t it? Like most things in life, this too has both good and bad sides.
The positives include keeping in touch with people close to you like family, friends and acquaintances from all over the world. Making new friends is also easy, meeting new people has never been more simpler. You can add as many friends as you want and it only adds to your popularity and can possibly lead to great friendship down the road. Most people find it easier to start a conversation online than in real-life. Facebook is also a great platform for expressing yourself and promoting your talents or just plain up tell people what’s going on with you via status updates.
The negatives, however, are horrifying. Cyber-bullying is a growing nuisance not only on Facebook but on all platforms. But for bullies, it is easy to thrive on Facebook. They can harass or gang-up on one person easier than they could do in real-life or in any other platform. Facebook is notorious for causing couples to break-up. It builds up jealousy which ruins relationships between people. At the end of the day, you may have seen that Facebook is a worldwide distraction and significant amounts of time is wasted. Facebook is also the cause for insecurities due to the fact that it makes people compare themselves to others. Facebook is also stalker-friendly and even though it has privacy settings to help protect personal information and data, strangers can just save pictures and use them to their own ends. They could just edit it and upload it anywhere they want spoiling our lives in an instant. This is a scary thought and prerequisites the need for good cyber-security measures. In the end, it’s up to the user to determine whether it’s a boon or a curse.
By : Navyashree M S