Facebook: the World’s Latest and Largest Nuisance
Facebook has become the world’s third largest country following only China and India (Wheeler). Words such as “Facebook,” “Wall,” “liking,” and “Timeline” have become household words—words that are inevitable to avoid. But, words such as “cyberbullying,” “harassment,” and “internet-bullying” have also became more prominent. Facebook was at one point, a great resource and way to connect, but since its launch in 2004, not only has it assembled over 901,000,000 active users, it has also began to cumulate negative connotations and reasons to “unlike” such an uncensored atmosphere (Wheeler). Facebook has transitioned from a great social network to a phenomenal pain and hindrance. The use of Facebook is worldwide. It is used for business, communication, promoting events, and sharing photographs, as well as thoughts (whether those need be shared or not). In a study by the Academic Search Premier comparing social networks such as Twitter and Pinterest to Facebook, Facebook captured the highest share of visits overall, accounting for 10 percent, or one in 10 Internet visits. The social network also captures one in five page views (Moscaritolo). The amount of time spent and wasted on Facebook is phenomenal. Over 50 percent of Facebook’s users are between 18 and 24—typically college students who should be spending their time focusing on studies and socialization with peers, not behind a computer screen, typing meaningless status updates. This past June, I went to delete my Facebook account due to cyberbullying and had the realization that it was more of a nuisance than anything, but during my struggle to even find the option to delete my account, I realized that it is impossible to completely delete your account-- you are only given the option to “deactivate” your account, so, if you are to ever enter your login information, your account is suddenly re-activated. Not only did this disturb me, but so did the fact that...
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