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Essay : Uses & Abuses of Facebook

Uses & Abuses of Facebook 

Introduction : Facebook is one of the modern, updated and upgraded versions of social communication media. It has great value and importance for relating people with one another widely and globally. Currently, over 2.27 billon people are using Facebook and 91 percent of those are outside the US. Facebook is now available in 147 languages. The number of Facebook users in the Arab World is increasing fastly day by day. The countries with the fastest growth in Facebook use are Brazil, India, and Mexico. 

History of Facebook : Facebook has not always been called Facebook. Initially, Facebook was a very small website with a different name and was meant to be used by only some limited number of people. 
Facebook was invented in 2003, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with his three Harvard University classmates. Facebook was initially called facemash. 
In 2004, Mark created a new website and called it the facebook.com. At this time the intention of Mark was to make this website accessible to all university students worldwide. 
In 2005, Mark purchased another website named Facebook.com. At this point, Facebook.com had reached several other universities in South and Central America and UK as well. In 2006, Facebook became available to everyone in the world. 

Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos, and videos, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues. The site which is available in 147 different languages, includes public features such as – 

- Marketplace – allowing members to post, read and respond to classified ads. 
- Groups – allowing members who have common interests to find each other and interacts. 
- Events – allowing members to publicize an event, invite guests who plan to attend. 
- Page – allowing members to create and promote a public page built around a specific topic. 

Facebook offers a range of privacy options to its members. A member can make all his communications visible to everyone, he can block specific connections or he can keep all his communications private. 

Advantage and Disadvantages of Facebook : Facebook is the most used social networking website in the world. It has many advantages for the young, adults as well as for the businessmen. There are many negative effects associated with Facebook. It is blamed for causing troubles in relationships, health problems, privacy problems and many more. 

Advantages 
Sharing of information : The website allows you to share with others what you desire to share, ask public opinion, ask question. You can share your pictures, videos and what you have been up to with your friends. 

Chatting : Facebook is a social networking website with the option of chatting with your friends. Many people especially students use Facebook chat for group discussions, while some businessmen use it for short meetings. 

Finding old friends : Today almost every internet user uses Facebook. Using facebook you can again find your old friends and colleagues with whom you lost contract. 

Business promotion : Through Facebook ads and fan pages you can advertise your business. Facebook offers a very customizable ads placement service, which is also very easy to use. 

Entertainment : Facebook provides a lot of gaming and other applications. Some people open Facebook only to play games. 

Disadvantages
There are many negative effects associated with Facebook. These include : 

Bad for health : Most Facebook users are addicted to it. Now every kid knows that they live in social networking and they can also play games on Facebook. Facebook has bad effects on physical as well as mental health of the people. Facebook has also reduced people’s eye-sight. 

Less time for study : Majority of Facebook users are school, college or university going students. Studies are very much affected due to the use of Facebook. Students now even use facebook during the class while lesser attention to the lecture. What worse could be than this? 

No or very little privacy : The problem is that most users are now aware of facebook privacy and many do not take it seriously. For this their private information is leaked out due to which social problems arise. 

Troubles in relationships : One recent report blamed Facebook for 1 in every 5 divorces. Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak got divorced due to Facebook. An American lawyer said that Facebook is one of the major sources of causing troubles in relationships. 

Conclution : Facebook has become an integral part of day to day life. Despite a few bad aspects of Facebook, it has great importance for the communication of modern people. As the conscientious being, we should exploit the best use of Facebook rather than the worst abuse.

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