Facebook and it’s effects on users


Above is a link to an article by the BBC explaining the effects prolonged use on Facebook has on its users. It is interesting to read how such a popular networking platform can influence the lives of people negatively, when really it was created so that people could engage in conversations with friends and family.

“On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it,” said the researchers.

Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg in order to enable people, across the world, to engage with one another via a social platform. Since then, its daily users has increased from thousands to billions, with people all over the World engaging with Facebook many times in the day.

Although social media has its positive effects, such as allowing for non face-face conversations worldwide, increasing adverting for businesses/companies, distribution of media/advertising via side bars etc. However, with the current social media frenzy, widely affecting young people, visiting Facebook or any other social media platform daily is having negative impacts on people. People are becoming obsessed with keeping up with current news, trends, celebrities etc.

‘Checking Facebook made people feel worse about both issues, and the more they browsed, the worse they felt, the University of Michigan research said.’

This idea that checking Facebook can make someone feel worse about themselves, but proceeds to keep checking it, embeds my discussion about people being obsessed with staying in touch. Surely if a social platform made you feel bad about yourself, then you would turn it off, right?