The Pros and Cons of Facebook

Powerful Essays
Social media attracts everyone who has a desire to stay connected and be updated on people’s lives. The well-known social network Facebook is accessed by all ages and more and more people are joining each year. This popular website allows them to create a personal page for others to see so that they can stay connected with the people in their life and be updated on society. Facebook offers many useful tools for socializing, but the extent of this use is starting to concern others. Facebook has provided us a way to build relationships, but the way people use this worldwide site can lead to distractions and possibly create false identities.

Facebook is a helpful website that allows people to build relationships and stay in touch with friends and relatives. People first create a personal profile to let users know more about the people they interact with online. This personal profile includes “personal information (birth date, gender, hometown), general preferences (movies, music, books), and status (student, alumni, current occupation)” (“Facebook”). This section of Facebook allows people to get to know the person better and to see if there are common interests that could eventually start conversations and build friendships. People enjoy social interactions and are “driven, primarily, by a desire to stay connected to and involved in the lives of friends who live close by, far away, or have just entered into their lives” (Henig and Henig). It is hard to see friends or relatives who live far away, so Facebook is a great source to stay in touch. Since people are connected with friends and relatives online, it keeps them from loosing touch with their relationships. Modern relationships “flow between flesh and technolo...

... middle of paper ...

...ov. 2013.

Shaulis, Megan. "Facebook Has Negative Effects on College Students." CalTimes RSS. California University of Pennsylvania, 16 Nov. 2011. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.

“Facebook.” Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 6 Nov. 2013.

Henig, Robin M., and Samantha Henig. "Just How Many Facebook Friends Do You Need?" Daily Beast Company. The Newsweek, 15 Oct. 2012. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.

Lynn, Regina. "The New Communication Technology: A Challenge to Modern Relationships?" Wired, 21 Sept. 2007. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.

Jefferson, Graham. “How to ride Facebook’s giant wave.” USA Today n.d.: Middle Search Plus. Web. 6 Nov. 2013

Zhao, Shanyang, Sherri Grasmuck, and Jason Martin. "Identity Construction on Facebook: Digital Empowerment in Anchored Relationships." Department of Sociology. Temple University, 17 Mar. 2008. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.
Get Access