The Pros and Cons of Facebook

Many people have the mindset that without the internet, they aren't able to accomplish even the smallest task. Not to mention that so many people can’t imagine going on a trip or having a night out without posting it on social media. We may as well call this phenomenon a modern disease! It’s very easy to get caught up in current trends and to start following what other people do just to stay ‘trendy’.

Facebook has existed for about 14 years now and gets a ridiculous amount of new users on a daily basis. With that being said, the announcement that Facebook has made recently was not so shocking. The number of Facebook users has now reached 1 billion, and it’s popularity is universal.

However, it’s not all fun and games. Just like almost every other thing on this planet, Facebook has its advantages, but a lot of disadvantages as well. In this post we'll take a look through the a list of pros and cons and look at the impact Facebook has on us, the people around us, our relationships and our life in general.

Pros

  • Easy to Use for All – You don’t need much effort in order to set up a Facebook account. And once you're up and running, it's pretty easy to navigate your way around it and use if effectively. All you need is a good internet connection, and you can use it on your mobile phone, computer, tablet and on every other device. This makes Facebook accessible for older people, kids and even the less tech savvy.
  • Provides Communication and Connectivity – One of the best features of the app has been the ability to stay connected to your friends and family. If you move across the country, go on a long trip or already live far away - with just a few clicks, you can send a message or video-call to anyone you want. The connectivity that Facebook provides may be one of the most important qualities that it has. Even if you have a bad internet connection, Facebook is more likely to work without interruptions at a better quality than most other apps.
  • Place to Share – Why take photos on a trip and not share it with everyone on Facebook? At least that’s what most people think. That’s why we see so many photos posted on Facebook every day. Not only that, but people can share their thoughts, a new song, information about themselves or someone else, ideas, interests etc.

Cons

  • It’s a Time Guzzler - Along with all the advantages, it’s not that hard to find numerous disadvantages with Facebook. Since time is the most precious thing we have, we need to learn how to use Facebook the right way if we want to keep our daily life balance. You want to make sure you use everything in moderation. However, there are plenty of people who struggle with overuse of time on Facebook.
    We often don’t even realize how time-consuming Facebook can be and how much of an effect it has on us. Instead of going out with friends or spending time outdoors, it can be easy to stay inside in our comfort zone and chat online with people via Facebook.

  • Security and privacy problems – Not many people know how to set their privacy and security settings properly. Or even worse, they don’t even realize how crucial these settings are. Privacy should be your number one priority in order to avoid potential hackers that could misuse your personal data. If you find Facebook settings confusing, don't be ashamed to ask for help.

  • Cyberbullying – An increasing problem nowadays is the tendency for people and kids to use social media platforms in order to bully, insult and post inappropriate and offensive content online. It can create a major problem that can yield numerous issues. Sometimes freedom of expression becomes misused in this manner and that can impact individual lives in a devastating way.

  • Fake accounts – There are more and more profiles and pictures that become misused and downloaded for a variety of negative reasons. It’s pretty easy nowadays to steal someone’s identity or profile picture and use it as your own. There are a plethora of cases like this documented where information can be easily exposed and misrepresented to the public.

  • It’s addictive – whether it's chatting, playing games, perusing pages and people and even just scrolling through your newsfeed, it's easy to fall into a hole and become addicted. Try to limit your time on it and to use it in moderation. Online interaction and fun should not be a replacement for a good old face-to-face connection.

It’s important to be aware of all the possible downfalls and dangers of Facebook. As long as do this you it should be able to use it the right way and enjoy it without worry.