Facebook: A mean of connection or isolation?

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According to the recent survey, “Threats to belonging on Facebook: lurking and ostracism,” the participants who were unable to share information across Facebook were exhibiting much lower levels of belonging and existentialism. In order to fully understand the effects of Facebook on culture, it is important that we understand Facebook itself. In this blog, I will be explaining the various characteristics and functions of Facebook as well as how they may effect our society and culture.

Facebook has a wide array of uses and social utilities. After creating an account, you may search the website for others who also choose to maintain a Facebook profile with personal details. In fact, Facebook has a “Find Friends” feature that will display a list of accounts that are associated with people who reside in the user’s local area, and he or she has the option to add the accounts to their friends list. The user also has the ability to manually search for the accounts of other people and view the various details associated to the account such as pictures, likes, and groups or events in which the account owner participates.

When you log in to Facebook, the first things you see are trending posts that could be related to politics, religion, entertainment, news, etc. Due to the complexity of Facebook, understanding its effects and impact it leaves on society can be even more complex. There is an endless amount of content that is and can be produced on Facebook.

With over 1 billion active accounts, Facebook can provide instant access to other people across the globe. By the click of a few buttons, you can be communicating with an old friend from high school, a person you met online who lives on the other side of the country, or a neighbor that lives across the street. Not only does Facebook re-emphasize instant gratification that society craves, it also has many potential effects on one’s social health.

According to an article written by Jasmine Fowlkes on USA Today College, the preference of communication through electronics is on a steady rise. A common concern about Facebook is it allowing people to be unsocial. Some people who are unsocial in real life will use Facebook or other social media as their main source of communication. As a teenager, using Facebook and other social media as a primary form of communication may lead to poor development of social skills. However, according to an excerpt from It’s Complicated by Danah Boyd, most teens don’t have introverted habits with Facebook. When Danah was at a high school football game, she noticed that many of the teenagers were interacting with friends. The teens would then reflect upon their experience of the football game through social media after the game.

Another factor of society that has been impacted by Facebook and other social media is politics. Not only has social media affected the outcomes of political campaigns, it has also acted as a place of union. On Facebook, users can create or join groups that are united by an interest. This allows many people of a certain cause to be a part of a mass movement through social media.

In order to fully understand the effects of Facebook on society, it is important to understand the potential of Facebook. Understanding Facebook’s characteristics can make us more aware of potential effects it may have on certain aspects of society. Because Facebook spreads a variation of many messages, it is best to concentrate on its characteristics rather than its messages to understand its true impact on society.

 

Sources:

Boyd, Danah. “It’s Complicated.”  Copyright 2014. Book. Accessed 30th September, 2016.

Fowlkes, Jasmine. “Viewpoint: Why social media is destroying our social skills.” 11th October, 2012. Web. Accessed 30th September, 2016.

Tobin, Stephanie J. “Threats belonging on Facebook: lurking and ostracism.” 17th March, 2014. Web. Accessed 30th September, 2016.

 

 

 

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