Welcome to Your Controller…

Posted on November 20, 2011


“Click!”  A computer mouse updates a status.  “Bloop!”  An instant chat pops up as your best friend writes about today’s drama. We’ve all heard of the continuous uprise of this social network…Facebook. 


Facebook's logo, "f."

Within the last decade, something has hit the world so gigantic, so mind-blowing that it could be considered a new form of life. If you are reading this article, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  This social network has become part of our daily lives, for better, or for worse.


According to Facebook’s statistics, fifty percent of the worldly population logs on to Facebook on any given day.  Also, fifty-five million people update their status’s everyday.


Facebook is our electronic bookkeeper of drama, information, and even photos.  It has become our newest form of communication.  So what is it that draws us into this so called “social network”?  


Senior Hunter Sutton says, “I think that being able to keep up with everybody is what draws us in. We feel like we know everything about everyone just by what’s on their Facebook. It’s also a confidence boost for some people. If you get a lot of ‘likes’ on something, you feel good about yourself.”   


It’s interesting to see that people actually use this for a form of flattery.  Have we hit an all time low?  Could this website be considered an “addictive substance”? 


“Facebook [plays] a key role in the way we all have grown up,” says Hunter.  “Because of Facebook, we keep up with everything that happens as it happens, and it has taught us that being ‘in the loop’ is most important.”


“Although teens that frequently use Facebook often show more narcissistic tendencies, for example, they also may be more empathetic than teens who don’t,” says Larry D. Rosen, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University.


“Facebook has helped me keep up with friends that live far away. It helps with staying in touch with friends and family that you don’t get to see on a daily basis,” says Hunter.


In the end, Facebook has its ups and downs. It has its benefits, and it has its flaws.  This form of interaction has somewhat started to control our lives, and has helped us stay in touch with people we care about.  So what do you think the world would be like if Facebook never existed?

Reported by Kylie Wright

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