Facebook and Society Analytical Essay by Nicky

A discussion of the impact of Facebook on society today.
# 145471 | 1,502 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Communication (Mass Media)

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the topic of social networking. Specifically it discusses the impact of the social networking site Facebook on today's society. First, the paper gives a history and background of how Facebook was created. It continues by describing the users and their demographics. Then, it examines the dangers of Facebook and social networking in general, citing that it exists in a fantasy world where people can create an alter-ego. The paper also examines how Facebook can be a method of marketing for companies and businesses. The paper concludes by stating that Facebook and other networking sites are helping to build barriers to commonality in society, something extremely disturbing and with long-term effects.

From the Paper:

"Experts estimate that many people now spend at least 50 percent of their waking time online (Fabian, 2008). For many, a large part of this time is spent in social networking sites like Facebook. People give up huge parts of their privacy when they post their feelings, interests, and ideas online, and society seems to be becoming much more open to this lack of privacy, in fact, the users of Facebook seem to relish it, adding very personal items to their profiles that anyone who becomes their friend can view. This seems to say that our society is much more open now, and much more open to posting intimate information online, but it also is rather anonymous in a way, because users never see, meet, or touch the person they communicate with, and so, even though they know intimate details, they do not really know the person at all..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bielski, L. (2007). The kids are alright? ABA Banking Journal, 99(11), 46+.
  • Doctorow, Cory. (2009). MySpace, Facebook mirror class divisions in US society. Retrieved 10 Feb. 2009 from a Personal Blog http://www.boingboing.net/2007/06/24/myspace-facebook-mir.html.
  • Fabian, N. (2008). On the demise of associations. Journal of Environmental Health, 70(6), 78+.
  • Lingg, K. (2008). Facebook in today's society. Retrieved 10 Feb. 2009 from the Kansas State University Web site: http://ksuanth.wetpaint.com/page/Facebook+in+Today's+Society?t=anon.
  • Miller, J. M. (2007). The impersonal album: Chronicling life in the digital age. Afterimage, 35(2), 9+.

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