Facebook is the master of all current social networks. Social networking is the master of all Internet these days. Much of commercial campaign funds are being spent on social networks, as companies believe that the majority of users spend much of their time online, viewing photos of their friends and hitting “like” every couple of minutes.
Facebook seems harmless at first glance. A site in which you can get instant updates abut your friends daily routines or special activities, view photos, commenting on current events, connecting with companies, playing games, chatting and more.
The truth is Facebook is an amplifier for human emotions and mostly the negative ones. Many people use the internet to read news, get the latest updates on current events. News are usually not covering the positive part of life but rather negative issues. If you are reading this post, you most be an engaged, curious person, who reads, gets upset and will post his critic. People will tend to post stories on negative side, those they have critic upon, as those are more frequent than positive news stories. If you consider that your friends are usually same-minded people, they are also posting or commenting on things similar to the things you post. Mostly negative things.
You are likely to find on Facebook stories that you have not seen before. Which means you are regularly updated on negative news and then go on Facebook or Twitter and get more negative updates from your friends. You can imagine how these constant reminders of bad things influence your perception on a daily basis.
Another common characteristic is that we often use Facebook when we are bored, when we don’t have anything better to do. When you consider people are posting photos of their traveling, events, parties or other exciting things that are happening in their lives, this will also help you feel as if you life is lacking something, as you are on Facebook because you are bored in front of your computer, watching other people live the life you wish you had.
Another issue is the “like” phenomenon. People who think or feel as if they did something by “liking” or sharing a story, a picture. Posting something on Facebook is no replacement to going out and doing something. Much like playing football on the computer will not help your health, as actually playing football will. But it is on a “social network” — which gives us a false sense of involvement. This is why I don’t like the term “Facebook revolution.”
And lastly of course is the influence of the feeling that “we have friends.” As if this “social activity” is a replacement to real friends you engage with in the real world. Even using the term “social networking” is deceiving. This is barely a social activity.
Facebook might sound fun, a short harmless escape from reality, but time spent on it is actually a stone tied to your ankle, bringing you down. Although this is not the intention of companies like Facebook or Twitter, it is how I believe “social media” influences our lives, and not for the better.