Facebook and its Effects on Interpersonal Relationship Development When it comes to the topic of social networking sites as a distinctive ability to replace other forms of contact, most of us will agree that Twitter, MySpace and Facebook have become extremely popular online groups used by millions of people around the world, allowing us to connect, communicate and get to know each other over time. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of doubtful benefit from using social networking sites and related to it stress, drama and conflict. Studies published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking magazine in November of 2011 points out that “Greater Internet use led to decline in family communications…participants who spent a significant amount of time on the Internet reported higher levels of loneliness and a greater number of daily stress” (183). In other words, Internet use has damaging outcomes on people, not fulfilling their emotional needs and at the same time reducing their public attachment. Although researchers of online media prove that those who use Facebook more often or heavily are recognized to decline in family and interpersonal communication, I still insist that in actuality Facebook demonstrates positive alternatives of face-to-face communication. Facebook was launched on February 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg decided to create a website that would allow Harvard University students to connect with each other. Shortly after students from other colleges, the ones like Stanford University in California started to join the network. As indicated in Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, “By September 2006 Facebook was open to anyone above the age of 12 with a valid e-mail address” (275). Once it was accessible to general public, it very soon became largest social network in the world, which it continues to be today, eight years later, with more than 750 million active users, including myself and that...
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