Nowadays, more than 750 million people across the world use Facebook to share photographs and videos and post regular updates of their movements and thoughts. Millions have also signed up to Twitter, the “micro-blogging” service the lots members circulate short text and picture message about themselves. Herein that comes with the problem. Just like several of writers in Unit One of What Matters are critical of social networking sites, noting that these SNS promote self-centeredness, reduce our ability to cope with emotions, and cheapen what if means to be a friend. Here are the reason why I agree with that.
First of all, using Facebook just equals staring at yourself in the mirror, I think. Those who spent more time updating their profile on the social networking sites were more likely to be narcissists. Facebook provides an ideal setting for narcissists to monitor their appearance and how many “friends” they have. These kind of users care more about themselves. Usually they checked their Facebook several times per day. They changed their photographs frequently. They would like to be attracted attention by others. They hope they can cause everybody focus on them. They feel they are the special one in the world. Indeed, they are not. They are only the ordinary people who lives on the earth.
Secondly, some people who spend long time on the SNS will have the autism. “in a recent survey of incoming college freshmen, 87 percent favored watching TV and movies online instead of subscribing to a cable service, while 76 percent spent more than an hour a day on Facebook” (Benny Evangelista, August 22, 2011). Just because they spent so much time on that kind of social networking sites, they indulge all day in the fantasy and are separated from the reality. When they face to the real world, they don’t dare to communicate with the human because they are lack of practice with the human being in the real world. They only trust the friend... [continues]
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