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Joseph Brown
Professor Kelly Clasen
Comp 1
The Problems with Facebook Friends
The thought of Facebook is to converse by amassing as many "friends" as feasible. It is much like the way the past decade has been acting amassing dept and houses you can’t afford. It doesn’t even matter if it is your best friend or your neighbor or somebody you do not even know, the more the merrier. Ounce you have these friends they can get on your profile page and look at anything you post on that page even your photos. And you can see theirs, its exhibitionism. It lets us be exposed to the world and it doesn’t require us to get up out of our seat. It is for these reasons we should get up and thank our Defense Department for creating the internet. In this day and age with the internet and the cyber-hacking and things we need to be more careful about who we friend and accept whose friend requests we accept. Be sure that it isn’t a complete stranger and that you somehow know them. It is a risk taker for you to accept someone you don’t even know and them find you and kidnap you. In this day and age you can’t trust anybody on the internet because you do not know who is on the other side of the computer monitor. If you post a photo and a stranger sees it he can track where you are and what time it was taken. He can also find out where you live. Isn’t that creepy? I would find it wise to think before accepting or friending because the internet is a very dangerous place with a lot of information about you and your loved ones. Facebook also takes a lot of time away from people because they get addicted to it and have to look at it every 10 seconds to see who has liked their status or take a picture of themselves and post it to Facebook. Yahoo did a study and proposed that an average person spends at least 8 hours a month on Facebook. Teenagers are even worse; they can be on it for up to 15 hours a week according to Cha-Cha. So we now see why Facebook takes time away from our daily lives. During the time we are on Facebook we could be spending it on cleaning, mowing, and doing something productive. I am not saying quit Facebook altogether but we just need to realize how much time we are spending on Facebook. We see our friends on Facebook and that makes us want to be on it. Are our Facebook friends our “true” friends? We add people on Facebook almost every day, but are they our true friends? More than likely they are not. They can post that they are here for us and they have our back but that is said from across a computer screen or phone. How can they be there for you if they aren’t really there? The University of Edinburgh Business School did a study and proposed that increasing your friend count on Facebook leads to more stress particularly if your friends originate from different groups. Researchers recruited almost three hundred people via Facebook for the poll. Of all the participants, 84 percent were in full time education at the average age of 21. Participants answered questions on spheres of friend they have acquired, picking between 17 labels such as “family”, “friends I met online”, “employers” etc. The study found that anxiety increases when a user presents a version of themselves on Facebook that will not appeal to all audiences. People posting pictures about you having a “wreck less night out” can cause stress. Often because this illustrates a form of personality not revealed to every circle. We think online social networking like Facebook is supposed to make us become closer friends. One of the big problems is how we converse. Typing still leaves something to be desired as a communication tool; it lacks the nuances that can be expressed by body language and voice inflection. The other person cannot physically see you or talk to in their voice. There are other complications in Facebook relationships. Clinics did a study and sent out letters with a survey and Some 455 people responded, and the results revealed that a...
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