Facebook was created on February the 4th by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook originally was for university students to gain contact with each other again. The site was first limited to Harvard students. It then expanded to Boston, Ivy league and Stanford University. Before long anyone aged 13 and over was able to join.
Who is on the social network?
On average during 2013, 500 million people used Facebook. As the years progress its numbers will increase. Out of this 250 million log in each day, the average user has 130 friends, and the average user spends 700 billion minutes per month browsing.
Why it’s so popular?
Why is it so popular, with 500 million people registered it became greater than Twitter. Facebook however is a slightly different concept to Twitter. Users have a lot more free ability and can access a lot more than a Twitter user could. Some could say Twitter is more educational, users follow their idols, get daily pictures and can keep up to date with their lifestyle. Facebook however there is much more choice. It now has the follow feature included but you still are able to browse more.
Several reasons why Facebook has huge popularity
- Stay in contact with friends
- Anonymous viewing of classmates or strangers ( Some could even say stalking)
- Connecting with distant or disjointed family or friends
- A business can host a Facebook page and gain interest or employees
- You can connect with anyone around the world
So there are the main reasons that people decide to join up. The worrying thing is that the number of youngsters that register. Facebook is gradually becoming a more teenage based social network platform which is getting misused.
Incorrect use of Facebook
During the first times of Facebook people only used it to have a brief look at someones profile. They may use it to view a picture, post or just to catch up with a long distance friend or family member. Facebook is almost like a giant electronic letter. The only difference is you can put anything and everything in the letter. Not only that but anyone could see it. Think of it like this, Facebook is turning into a activity. It’s original intent is disappearing as brainless teens install it on every single electronic device. People with Facebook will scroll hours upon end on the news feed, they’re looking for things, whether interesting or boring people still do it. By doing this aimless scrolling it can have a negative effect on our health.
It can make you feel worse about yourself
Checking up on Facebook feeds can make you feel worse. Imagine sitting at home with no one around. You feel bored and you turn to Facebook. Now there are two ways which this would go. You notice several other feeds, I’m bored, soo bored, anyone want to go out. These aren’t as damaging as you may feel like you’re not the only one. The other feeds you may see are about people having a great time. These may be post like such a great night, love this girl so much or down town with the lads. These posts aren’t as good. It makes the viewer feel lonely, lost, confused and in some ways will reduce your independence and self esteem.
Affecting the human interaction
People who spend a lot of time on Facebook are likely to be checking back on it everyday. The more people check the more that they’re losing independence, people are then dependent on the social network. People currently with no life will then summon Facebook to send out a load of sympathy votes, they’ll be stating boredom, loneliness, lack of friends or maybe even post a picture of antisocial drinking. The fact is that Facebook is overused to such an extent that it has become part of our lives, people depend on it. Phones, tablets and I pods all support Facebook now. In a way we have created this lack of correct social interaction. If you’re bored you would go out and play or call up a friend.
When there wasn’t social networking people couldn’t cry to Facebook.They got out and did something. Yes plenty of teenagers are out in town shopping or even outside but, they have their phones, any notification or message will drag attention away from real life as they feel they have to check it. With faster instant messaging we just can’t escape constant contact with anyone but the person we’re actually with.