“How Facebook Addiction affects the Lives of Teenagers in Resettlement Area, Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines”
Sandrene D. Garcia
Mrs. Fe Lorrelie Maglanque
(March 19, 2012)
Earth has finally discovered her great talent, the Internet, a link of websites and pathways of communication. And in this great discovery, FACEBOOK was created, the ultimate social networking site. It has given Earth great things, but along with these things, it also brought addiction.
In today’s techno-savvy world, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Multiply, YouTube, Tumblr, and many others are very popular. Among of these social networking sites, Facebook is the most widespread especially in English-speaking countries. These social networking sites help you to have a way to get in touch with your friends and relatives, particularly the ones that are in faraway places. It is an exciting way to share your current status, photos, videos, messages, and comments through your profile and network.
We want to be connected. In the internet age, we have gained a reputation for being antisocial, for sitting on our couches, laptops on laps, earphones on ears, never talking to anyone. But in truth, we are talking to more people from more places more often than ever before because we have more ways to do it.
II. What is FACEBOOK?
a) Definition of Facebook
Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Incorporated. Though it was introduced year 2004, it is only 2009 when Filipinos got so hooked in it.
Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics.
The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.
Facebook allows anyone who declares them to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website.
b) Founding of Facebook
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University student, with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over.
Harvard’s community had been doing what it wanted to do for more than 3 centuries before Zuckerberg came along. He just helped them do it better. Facebook enabled people to organize their social networks – the social graph, he calls it: who they are, what they do, who they know, and, not unimportantly, what they look like. It was an instant hit because it met a need. It organized social life at Harvard.
III. The Benefits
a) Features of Facebook
Why are we so into Facebook?
Besides being able to post statements on your wall, you can also share videos and post unlimited photos. Another good thing about this famous social networking site is that it shows you the personality of a person. Not just the looks itself but also the person’s desires and emotions.
Many games on Facebook are addicting. Other people are obsessed on Farmville, Petville, Restaurant City, Mafia Wars, and many more. I, for one, admit to be captivated in these games! You can plant virtual vegetations on your virtual garden, feed and groom virtual pets, cook and serve on your virtual restaurant, and fight for yourself using virtual...
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