The negative effects of Facebook

For all its ease and intent for providing a means of keeping people connected, and joining people together, Facebook couldn’t have imagined that its conception would spawn one of the biggest worldwide phenomenons that has ever been seen. There’s a lot to be said in support of this, but there are some sad truths involved too, which are largely seeing people losing touch with reality as we know it.

I am sitting on facebook right now, yet again sacrificing some of my time to whatever end it seems to be providing. I’m chatting with a friend, randomly scrolling up and down the page and seeing what people have to say for themselves. Although, i don’t take this stuff too seriously. Yet to some people its almost gospel, blurring the line between how we learn about other people, and how we are fooled by other people.

Everything that we see on Facebook, lingers in the blurred area (shrouded in internet ether) where reality tv could be said to lurk. Fact of the matter is though, reality tv simply isn’t “reality”.

Yes, its participants might be in “real-world” situations, but the knowledge that there are thousands – and more often – millions of people tuning in to see the results and reactions, simply doesn’t yield “real world” results.

I use inverted commas, because thats what reality tv shows claim to represent. While Facebook doesn’t purport to this, its millions of users are surely losing touch with the fact that what you see on Facebook can simply not always be what you get.

Vacuous status updates, photos full of innuendo and purposeful posing surely create an impression of a user that is only skewed by the disreality of it all. But people believe if, people conform to it, and people check and check back to see just how people’s lives are evolving.

What’s more, is the fact that people’s perceptions of how to use Facebook as an actual user posting “information” about themselves (the term “information” can only be loosely used) creates a self-aggrandising, self-important and nihilistic attitude towards life, the people around them, the people with access to what they say and see, and most disturbingly with reality itself.

Technology is clearly advancing humankind, curing sickness, taking us closer to space, improving our standards of living. – But it is also at the same time, deteriorating some aspects of all of this, and too much of reality is at risk of disappearing unless we can detach ourselves from technology more often, and get back to the more authentic aspects of our increasingly digital lives.

10 thoughts on “The negative effects of Facebook

  1. Do you know how long it takes to scrape illegal stickering off the tube? Why do you do it? I wouldn’t mind so much if you had anything meaningful to share, but advertising mindless, poorly written babble? Get a proper job vandal.

    • Evidently, i employ you. Furthermore, the fact that you perceive what you’ve read as “mindless poorly written babble” is obvious evidence that it flies over your head, and a simple revelation that you in fact dont know what the word “mindless” means. I suggest you look it up. Perhaps a metaphoric high-vis jacket to accompany my writing – like the one you don every day while you scurry around in the filthy underground, mimicing the weak little dusty mice that lurk in its darkness, performing your mundane job – will help make things clearer for you.. Take a look around you fool, and notice all the other advertising that plagues our lives, mostly selling and promoting everything to drive consumerism and the comsumption of earth itself. At least my advertising might get people thinking

  2. Facebook can cause problems in a persons life, it is one of today’s biggest issues. From experience Facebook is very addictive. This social network allows stalkers and imposters, to browse your page, enabling them to access personal information. Some may be unaware of it. Unless you have tight security in place, you are vulnerable. Our society is slowly losing focus on important things, like education and family. Being both distracted and addicted to something is a major problem. It may cause grades to drop, less communication between family members in the home, plus multiple other problems, resulting in a poor lifestyle. A suggestion!, end all Facebook use.

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