Facebook is nothing more than an agent to communication, and yet, it is so much more than that.

At a fleeting look, a user can learn everything from what gender a Facebook member is, to what religion they believe in, what school they attend, and their likes and dislikes, all with the click of a mouse. A huge population of students uses Facebook to keep in touch with friends, share photographs and videos and post regular updates of their movements and thoughts. Existing research shows that young folks are stimulated to join these sites to keep strong relations with friends, to build up ties with new acquaintances, and, to a lesser degree, to meet new people online. At the same time, sites like Facebook allow them to exchange news and discuss both public and private issues. Not long ago, the advent of television spawned fears of mass idiotization. Similarly, in the early 90s, critics held the diffusion of Internet as evidence of individuals increasing alienation from society and public life. The story with social network sites (SNS) such as Facebook and MySpace is not any different. Unsafe disclosure of information, cyber bullying, addiction, risky behaviour and contacting dangerous communities are but a few of the concerns raised in the media about the use of online social networks. Social networking websites like facebook are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users, an eminent scientist has warned. It is also known to shorten attention spans, encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centered.

But while the social networking sites are in vogue and commercially beneficial, a growing number of psychologists and neuroscientists believe they may be doing more harm than good. Social network sites risk infantilising, leaving the youth characterized by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathize and an insecure sense of identity, according to a leading neuroscientist. In other words, social networking sites are devoid of cohesive narrative and long-term significance.

Here are 7 Negative Effects of Facebook: Does not Care about His/Her Surroundings When someone is already addicted to Facebook, there is a big possibility that he/she would not care about his/her surroundings. This person will care about nothing more than the message they are waiting for a reply on. Less Social Interaction

The pictures. due to excessive weight gain. They could be in different states. Facebook really is an amazing tool when it comes to keeping in touch. right? So. Facebook provides an alternative way to get a daily dose of being social. Do these words still have its meaning for Facebookers? Sometimes. And. you are human! Humans are supposed to be social. Reduce the Time for Study You still go to school. there is always email too. So. These actions are definitely a very good way to set up conflicts with others.  . for those who are super busy. since sitting in front of the monitor and snacking all the time is not good exercise. the postings all render a better picture of what's going on. we're designed to be social creatures. Facebook friends are more important than those of family members. why don’t you stop browsing Facebook now. Facebook is a great way to add some social interaction to a day that might otherwise not allow for it. the status updates. like me). Bad for Health You reduce your physical activity. how often do you interact with them in the real world? Come on. This provides no protection against non-friends. Social interaction is key for human happiness. In the society we live in today. and flip open your books so that you can study? Less Family Concern Family comes first and foremost. Facebook and other social media sites provide a great way to integrate more social interaction in their lives.Though you may have a lot of friends on Facebook. More social interaction. For this reason. Facebook will reduce your social skills. and seem to keep their profile on the public setting. Privacy Blow Up Many teens that use Facebook are not concerned about their privacy. Possibility of Conflict If you are addicted to Facebook. different countries. he Good  Connecting with those who live far away. you have made yourself become less attractive in front of your opposite sex. our relatives aren't a mere stone's throw away. but there's something about Facebook that allows for ultimate understanding of what's going on in someone's life. This is really important for your safety to put your profile on private. For those who are less than super-social (um. communication skills. Of course. as well as verbal skills if you spend most of your time with the internet. and sites like Facebook provide a great way to keep in touch with loved ones who are far away. maybe you know about the immense amount of immature people who create irritating status updates or embarrassing photos from the weekend. after all. By the end of the month. for those not as keen on the face-to-face stuff.

but it also allows you to stay in touch with people who may be able to help you in the future. in some .    The Bad  Connecting with those you don't really need to. which can be a really great thing. Facebook allows you to stay up-todate on whatever's going on with your besties without having to talk to them or see them every single day. By making new connections. Hundreds. it can still be a good way to keep current on what's going on with those you care about. even if you're an extremely outgoing person. but also about the world of your social network. On Facebook. a job change. Of course. you can always find information online. Absolutely necessary? Probably not. No matter what your needs might be -. there's probably someone who can help you out. This is one of the great beauties of Facebook. indirectly. You might live only a few blocks away from your best friend. making Facebook a great tool for making friends. Meeting new people can be incredibly difficult. but you find them situated nicely among you friends on Facebook. a tool to learn not only more about your friends and family. Facebook is an excellent networking tool. Keeping up-to-date on friends' lives. but you're also broadening your horizons and (hopefully) learning new things about yourself and the world. Thousands. it's probably not a vital piece of information. you're not only being the social creature you've been designed to be. Opportunity to meet new people. Not only does this save a ton of time. on Facebook. of yourself) if you take a look at what's being posted on Facebook. While it might be nice to know that your best bud just saw an awesome concert last night. You instantly have an opportunity to see what you have in common and to understand that person on another (albeit potentially superficial) level. That being said. but sometimes there is information out there that you might not even know you are looking for and. Social networks like Facebook provide opportunities for you and others to meet new people.if you have a large enough network on Facebook. It seems to me that most people have a lot of friends on Facebook.and to do so with a little more background information about the person. all in one spot. and Facebook is a great way to make connections -.a used couch. Lots of great resources and information. you can create a large social network without having to put in tons of face (or phone) time. or a last minute idea -. Ability to create large social network. but life can get pretty hectic sometimes and it can be really hard to keep track of it all. Useful? Yes. Regardless of your age or interests. There are plenty of people you probably would never call up and have a chat with. you keep in touch with your friends and family and they might post some information or links that really interest you -information you might otherwise have been unaware of. And it's all there. it may present itself to you. You can gain great understanding of those you surround yourself with (and.

. which is definitely not a good thing.. but. but aren't some of them just a waste of time? I really believe it's a huge plus to be able to keep in touch with those that live far away. for those who like to get really specific with their addictions. we all have our addictions. Yes.  Less face-to-face social interaction. Potential to be addictive. I wouldn't be surprised if there are already self-help groups for Facebookers. but I don't see much value in keeping up-to-date on a some guy you met in a bar. Opportunity to lose all privacy. because there are some people who are seriously. there's a flip side to this coin: you also have the privilege of keeping up to date on everyone else's lives.  Keeping up-to-date on your exes' lives. somehow. I know there are settings and Facebook does work on creating the most privacy for those that want it.cases. will see it too. and. Some people are very careful with what they put online and I'm sure they have nothing to be private about. It is a serious problem when people keep track of their exes. some of them are important and some are useful. information about you is still available on the internet and even if only your very best. I talked about how great it was to keep up with your friends' lives. best friend is allowed to see it. there are plenty of people who have suffered from a lack of privacy due to Facebook and that makes it a really hard site to want to be a part of. It allows people who otherwise might not socialize or who are too busy to socialize often to get their fill of social interaction. there's still a chance that someone. Without the absolute need to go out and interact with friends and family. if we're honest. And never saw again. Above I mentioned that there's great value in the level of Facebook-based social interaction. Now. Facebook offers the opportunity to meet new people -. but.   . Facebook can be an endless string of information about people that don't matter. When discussing the positive aspects of Facebook.but others. including your exes and enemies (if you have any). well. for that reason. it's ice cream or crack or cigarettes.. For others. Facebook can sometimes serve as an excuse not to see someone in person. it's possible that Facebook may take the place of all social interaction for some. since you're already up-to-date on his or her life.and connect with old friends -. From what I've seen. for some. However. it's the internet. no matter what. I've seen some pretty heavy heartaches as a result of checking Facebook. it really can take away from the amount of face-to-face interaction one has in his or her life. For some. I have to say that this is a big negative when it comes to thinking about how the site affects lives. this is the absolute downfall of Facebook for many people. And. I'm sure there are many people out there who socialize only with close friends and family. it's Facebook. However.but it also offers you the lovely opportunity to take your privacy and throw it out the window.. And it makes me wonder: do you really need to have all of those connections? Sure. checking their statuses and knowing way more about them than is healthy or acceptable.

But that's just me. As you can see from the bullets above. it's essential to ask yourself the following question about using Facebook (or any social media site): Am I making a choice that's positive for me? .there's a serious risk involved and the effects could be dangerous. depending on how you choose to filter the information. Less is more when it comes to online information. there are both positive and negative aspects of using Facebook and. creating a Facebook account is just like playing with fire -. Whether you have a Facebook page or you choose not to have one. it can be extremely overwhelming and it's difficult to determine what's useful and what's not. one might be able to outweigh the other. and wondering obsessively if private information of mine was being spread like wildfire across the internet. In addition to all of the information you can gather about friends and family. updating themselves on the statuses of people they probably don't care all that much about. No matter what I rationalized. As great as Facebook is for information (there's tons of it!). When I was using it. For many. I determined that using Facebook did more harm than good in my life.  Overload of information. I found myself wasting time. It's something they can't imagine living without. and Facebook certainly isn't providing less. It can be a blessing or a curse. there's also all of the links they post and tidbits of info they share via Facebook. but Facebook and other social media sites absolutely have the potential to be addictive. They cannot get enough and find themselves checking it constantly. when it came down to it. there can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to checking up on the status and posting of others. Whatever your stance is when it comes to Facebook. Personally.detrimentally into it. it's the best thing since the invention of the internet. knowing too much about people I didn't need to know about. If one is prone to this type of addiction. For some people I know. Facebook isn't positive for me. it's important to consider both the positive and negative aspects of everything you do in life. depending on how you look at it. It might sound silly.

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