Facebook has become a powerful word as of late. Love it, hate it, it doesn’t care, you’ve heard of it. Most youth would be lost if it vanished. Perhaps one of the most powerful companies in the world, checking in at a solid 500+ million strong, based on statistics generated by Facebook. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest, right in between India, and our United States.
It’s a colossal empire, so what? How is Facebook affecting our daily lives, our children’s upbringing, and our planet as a whole? Many would argue that Facebook causes teenagers and young adults to spend a great amount of time behind a computer, that would otherwise be spent doing studies, or outside; this is a perfectly reasonable argument, as even in my own life, I can recognize the great time-sink that Facebook can be for college students. There are those who might argue that Facebok can be used as a stalker’s paradise, allowing unnecessary crimes to be committed. The counter to this argument, of course, is that Facebook has a number of degrees of privacy settings, allowing for very strict, private account.
Looking at the positives of Facebook, the amount of global connectivity that it provides is unmatched in our society today. This is one of the most important things, in my opinion, that Facebook has done for our world and it’s inhabitants; connecting friends and family from across the globe, in the amount of time it takes to open a web browser is unprecedented. During the recent tragedy in Japan, many survivors were able to contact their loved ones quickly, via Facebook, to put their worries at bay, a feat difficult before our globalization era.
It’s undeniable that Facebook has both pros and cons, but I’d like to make the argument that Facebook is a tool of progression. Technology is the way of the future, and Facebook is bridging the technological gap for many people; it’s incentive for the computer-illiterate to give it a shot, for people to become more proficient in computers, and it is generating curiosity about technology amongst youth. Facebook is capable of connecting hundreds of millions of people, including those just down the street, or literally on the other side of the world. It provides social connectivity, builds, mends, and sometimes destroys friendships. Love it, hate it, Facebook is progression.