Facebook is a social networking site which was launched on February 2004 “by some college students Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes as a site for Harvard students. Shortly after, it expanded to any college student with an .edu e-mail account. Between Fall 2005 and Fall 2006, Facebook expanded to high school networks, first, work networks, later, and, eventually, to Internet users in general.” (Valenzuela, Park, & F. Kee, K, 2008. p. 5). Nowadays, Facebook is the most effective means of communication. Similar to other social networking websites people their own account of Facebook where they give their personal information like gender, birth date, hometown, religion, political views, contact numbers, activities, interest, relationship status and profile pictures. After completing their profile users add their friends, family, colleagues or random people whom they would like to be friends with to their friend list. (Valenzuela, Park, & k F. Kee, 2008. p. 6). Through Facebook people who have never met each other in person can communicate and make new relationships and friendships. It is just another element of society that is interested in sharing information with the intimacy of a close, personal relationship. (Marklein, 2009). As of today, Facebook has 564,121,840, global members, including myself. Facebook has also become very popular in Bangladesh. As we are moving towards Digital Bangladesh many people has access to internet from their PC or their cell phones. The Bangladeshi people started using Facebook since the middle of 2007 and now on 2010 there are 995, 560 active users on Facebook. Among them most of the users are the young people who spend lots of time on Facebook. And this research is mainly on the impacts of Facebook on people of Bangladeshi society and Bangladeshi people, especially the youth.
In a study at Ohio State University showed that the students who used Facebook had a cgpa of 3.0 – 3.5 and non Facebook users had a cgpa of 3.5-4.0. Facebook users studied 5 hours a week whereas non Facebook users studied 11 hours or more. (Osborne, B, 2009). According to the online sample essays, “people give up huge parts of their privacy when they post their feelings, interests, and ideas online, and society seems to be becoming much more open to this lack of privacy, in fact, the users of Facebook seem to relish it, adding very personal items to their profiles that anyone who becomes their friend can views.” (Anonymous, n.d).
After seeing lots of incidents around me, I am assuming that Facebook is having more negative impacts on the teenagers than positive impacts. The teenagers are addicted towards Facebook. They spend several hours chatting with their Facebook friends; especially the O’ level and A’ level students who are facing the initial major step in their education life. Not only this when they spend long time on Facebook they are coming into contact with unknown people with whom they have never met in person and they may get engaged in an uncertain relationship or friendship with them. Another problem is the privacy of Facebook. People give up a huge extent of their privacy when they share information on Facebook. Many of us know that Facebook privacy is not trustworthy for sharing personal information but still people do. Any posts shared on Facebook can be viewed by all their friends. And in this way people are getting unsafe exposures to the hackers. Moreover, the teenagers may get easily influenced by misguiding contents or groups created in Facebook. For example – “We hate Islam”.
1.3 Significance of the study
Nowadays Facebook is the most common networking site in the world, especially among teenagers. It has a strong and powerful role in teenagers’ life. Reasons for choosing this topic are twofold. The very first reason being, that I am personally acquainted with people...