I admit, I spend more time on the computer than the average person, but it is not on Facebook. There is just too much more to do other than to be consumed by the social antics of others and the raising of virtual animals and crops.
I had actually signed up for an account, early on, to explore the service and to share my blog articles, but it just did not connect with me. Please do not take offense, I’m just a computer guy that knows that there is a whole other world on the internet outside of Facebook and that a personal computer can do a whole lot more than raise virtual crops and animals at Farmville.
I have come to the conclusion that most people now primarily use their computer, at home (and probably at work), to access Facebook so that they can communicate with their friends and become part of a real-world soap opera.
Some Facebook Facts
More than 500 million active users
50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
Average user has 130 friends
People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.
I suppose sharing updates of events occurring in one’s life is important in a close family circle; however, when that sharing extends out to a virtual reality group of “so called” friends that continue to populate your social connection then I can see where it can become an actual addiction and a unsafe one at that. Your privacy and even your safety can be compromised, as a result. The more information you put out there, the higher the risk and the more overwhelming it can become to manage that information. Just remember that Facebook is a cloud based service that is managed (and controlled) on the internet level. Once you put it out there, it is out there and there is no taking it back.
Like in real life, those virtual friends can turn on you in a heartbeat or will use information you post to spread gossip. For example, I was at work and an employee approached me about another employee, who is in a position of responsibility, and stated, “you should see how they are dressed on Facebook”. In another instance, an employee who should have been working was Facebooking. What they forgot was that one of their connected friends was the boss.
Another thing to really think about, is that the information you are posting is like pieces to a puzzle. With enough pieces (about you), a profile is developed that is used for advertising purposes. Think about it… How do you think Facebook makes their money? It is through advertising. The information you are putting out there is being collected, behind the scenes, in one form or another, for advertising purposes.
Then there are the scammers, the spammers and the the malware that makes its’ rounds on Facebook. Remember, where the people gather, the cybercriminal will prey.
To me, it is not worth all this…
It is not that I am anti-social, it is that I am concerned; especially for the younger generation being exposed to this type of social networking. They are being lead to believe it is Ok to tell all, when in fact telling it all and exposing ones’ inner self may not be for the best.
Maybe I am missing something here. I would love to here your comments about Facebook, pros and cons…