The Goods and the Bad of Facebook

The Goods and the Bad of Facebook


Facebook is currently the largest social media platform in the world. It is used in the whole world but it still its meritand demerits . Facebook is free and a public social media where it’s possible to meet many people. There is control over message to and from and also control on who follow you and who you follow. Video chatting is also possible on Facebook and still you can embed video and photos.Most event organizers uses Facebook to promote their events since Facebook is known of having large population connected to it.Still it can be used as a tool of distraction from face to face interaction with fellow people within your surroundings.

To register yourself on Facebook, you ought to give your personal details such as; your name, date of birth and others. Giving of  personal information is what makes it dangerous since that information can be used by an enemy to soil you and your character (Boon and Sinclair,2009). Many people also find freedom from Facebook which they think life has stolen from them previously such as friendship and love. This way, people end up being removed from reality of life. In the end, they end up being addicted to Facebook and they can’t make it without it. It becomes part and parcel of their life. The worst is when people with fake identity who are predators takes advantage from those who are serious and ends up misusing them.

In academic institutions, a lot of students spend a lot of time in Facebook. Time spend online is taken away from studies, extracurricular activities and other social interactions (Kalpidou M., Costin, D. &Morris, 2011). Indeed most students’ social skills suffer since most of them avoid the discomfort of real-life social interaction. Also some can isolate themselves from people they come across but who they feel they don’t need to know. When students’ disclosure illegal activities such as drug abuse on online platform such as Facebook, the same information can be retrieved and be used when such students come under investigation for related crime.

Besides these demerits of Facebook, it has its good side. We are able to know what is happening in our surroundings and in the whole world almost instantly. People share online on events happening on their environs instantly as it happens. News reach to the recipients within shortest time.  Also we are able to keep in touch with our relatives and friends (Ellison, N.B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. 2007). This makes it more interesting and faster since before maybe you had to travel long distance to visit them. Now with Facebook you chat daily and any time you think of chatting with them. Sharing of information with relatives is also faster and convenient to all users.

We are able to post anything from everywhere at any time with Facebook. This makes channeling of information faster. All news that may not be covered by other news channel are possibly covered by Facebook. Such news may be taken to be minute but such information may be well received by those people in social media. Also it gives a chance for feedback by “like” and “dislike” options from the whole population on Facebook. This feedback when well used it gives room for improvement on different areas. Such feedback may not be available on normal interaction since it’s not possible to cover such huge number like the one covered by Facebook within such a short time. For those who would like to advertise their business, Facebook gives the best platform since it host millions of people. The advertisement is free of charge since it’s not charged. Also it makes it possible to reach many possible customers within a very short time.

From the above discussion, Facebook has its benefits and demerits. Even with the bad things about Facebook such as distraction and addiction, the goods things such as social interaction and sharing information outweighs the bad side of it. Also Facebook has brought together a very big population which can be used advantageously such as in advertisement.






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