Positive and Negative Effects on Facebook

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Mitchell Vanderhall
Professor Howard
18 November 2011

Facebook and Social Relationships

In society today there is always a way to communicate without being face to face. One of the most popular ways to communicate with each other is through facebook. This is one of the largest social networks in the world. Mark Zuckerberg, the editor and chief executive, came up with this idea for facebook when he was in college. He and his friends wanted to create a site where people can keep up with family and friends they already have, or make new friends. Since facebook is used by many people across the world, there are a lot of debated issues that come along with it. One of the major issues of facebook is how it changed the way people socialize and interact with each other. People use facebook to communicate more than they would physically interact with each other. Does facebook have a positive or negative impact on real life social relationships and interactions? “Social networking sites like facebook have fostered the idea that relationships and friendships can be formed and destroyed quickly and easily” (Dr. Himanshu Tyagi). Facebook is a world where everything moves fast and changes all the time, and relationships are quickly disposed at the click of a mouse. For example, you can delete your account if you don’t like it or simply change the information to have a made up identity that you want. The only problem is this causes people to think that they are talking to someone who might interest them, but really the person who they are talking to is a fake. Dr. Himanshu Tygai, a phychiatrist at West London Mental Health Trust, said people who socialize online put less value in their “real world” selves which puts them at risk of impulsive and even suicidal behavior. They may be less able to form relationships as they do not learn the physical clues involved with communication including body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions. Also the mental...
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