The Problems with Facebook
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The paper relates that Facebook allows anyone who has Internet access to create a profile on their website and become a part of a community of friends. The paper describes the trend of 'tagging' one's friends in photo albums and the dangers this can cause, the attraction of Facebook to both college students and mature users, and the major distraction posed by Facebook to students during exams regardless of their academic level. The paper also relates that the advent of social networking has made religious self-profiling a controversial issue and points out that the 'facebook friend request', essentially gives this friend access to your life, and new users usually do not know or care about controlling their privacy settings. The paper concludes by focusing on the primary problem associated with Facebook usage that has been succinctly put into words by Pope Benedict XVI; if our desire to stay virtually connected overcomes interactions in real, it will eventually ruin our life patterns for relaxation, mental peace and focus.
From the Paper:"Social Networking has evolved immensely over the last few years. Among the ones which became popular, Facebook stands as the current leader. It allows anyone who has internet access to create a profile on their website and become a part of a community of friends. It has features like exchanging public and private messages, real time status updates and web albums to post pictures with each action accompanied by an automatic notification via email or phone. Facebook was originally intended to help students and colleagues to stay connected. Its association with a university email address publicly reveals one's updates to anyone who exists in their network. The unassuming interface presented by Facebook makes them feel comfortable posting their instant messenger information, photographs of all the events (including family vacations) they attended and opinions about others. Most of them are unaware of the level of accessibility that their profile had been subjected to. Even though Facebook is a legitimate way to get reconnected with lost friends from the past, its dangers cannot be ignored. The trend of 'tagging' one's friends in photo albums publishes those pictures for everyone to see, which can potentially lead to stalkers."
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