Facebook’s Impact On Its Users

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Facebook might allow users to obtain positive stimuli from other users, but it also then leads users to expose their personality to the whole world. Andrea Shea of Boston’s NPR station, says that “elements of our personality are probably going to shine through” when we use Facebook to post status updates of ourselves. This means that the more a user posts and talks on Facebook and social media alike, the more bigger his/her audience is to know his/her personality, this is not really a good thing, because if a wide range of people know about the user’s personality, then there won’t really be that much a person can share with someone else face to face, because its already on Facebook. Because Facebook can have such damaging impacts on users, some choose not to use it or find alternatives so that they could avoid using it. Shea mentions Hannah Musgrave, a teenager who, unlike many other teenagers, does not use social networks. Hannah chooses not to participate in using Facebook because she believes that it takes too much time out of her day. Not only does she stay away from Facebook, but she is also able to avoid the urge to use any other social networks. This is due to her refusing to get a Smartphone and sticking with her flip phone. Besides not wasting time, Hannah says that Facebook “can make you feel bad I guess, or like, you know, down about yourself” (Shea). Maybe the reason why Hannah doesn't like using Facebook is that she doesn't interact with her friends, but rather views other profiles passively. Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker mentions that “the more time people spent browsing the site, as opposed to actively creating content and engaging with it, the more envious they felt” (Konnikova). Hannah might not want to admit ... ... middle of paper ... ...ld lead users to become left out of conversions and interactions, which in the end would make them unhappy. However users can “break the Facebook habit” (Hafner). Easily reducing the number of friends or time they spend on Facebook, users can reap the benefits of happiness. That being said the more users use Facebook, the more unhappy they become. Passive users experience a decrease in their attention span as a result of Facebook usage. As a result, passive users also tend experience boredom. Boredom is also another reason why users on Facebook feel unhappy. Konnikova simply says that “we get bored, look at Facebook or Twitter, and become more bored” (Konnikova). Users of social media in general, are exposed to tons of content. Therefore they have too much information to view and as result will spend less time on each topic, and give the material they view less time.
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