Facebook: How much information is too much?

Posted: January 28, 2011 by rifayet in Uncategorized

Facebook has become the trend of our generation. Each day millions of users log onto to Facebook making Facebook one of the world’s most visited sites. The social networking site was originally created for college students until a few years ago when it become open to users as young at thirteen years old. Facebook makes interacting with friends and family as easy as the click of a mouse. With that click of a mouse users have access to one another’s Facebook page which includes; photos, wall posts, and often personal contact information. Facebook is an innovation that hands down changed  our means of communication.

Thousands of users join Facebook everyday. It seems so innocent, fist name, last name, email; but are we throwing away our rights to our privacy? I think unconsciously Facebook has brainwashed us. Our parents always warned us, “Do not put personal information on the internet,” but what do we consider personal in today’s day and age? It seemed like a phone number, which was once sacred or even an email address is not so personal anymore. If you have a Facebook account you are all guilty of this. I feel like Facebook has become such a household name that it’s almost trustworthy, when it comes to my privacy on Facebook people are very naive. I can’t put all the blame on Facebook or  other sites, I think when you sign up for something like Facebook you know somewhat what you’re getting yourself into.

I am an avid Facebook user, I’m on it several times a day and even have it on my phone. For a while Facebook became an addiction of mine, to the point where when I had an exam I had to deactivate it so I could study. Facebook knew their target demographic were college students, so they made it more functional for them. For example, by entering your college email, you have access to everyone who goes to the same school as you. By creating a Facebook I think it’s definitely a way of conforming. Now a days everyone has a Facebook, and if you don’t you’re out of the loop.

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