Can you even remember a time on the internet before Facebook? Was there an internet before Facebook?
The internet before Facebook wasn’t the same as it is now. People used to get onto Internet for checking their mails & for the occasional chats over Yahoo or MSN chat messengers. And everything was over within an hour or so. Nowadays, it is more like – living with a person. The Facebook has taken the form of a constant companion. As a result, people are spending more & more time on Facebook than ever before, entirely changing the role of internet in one’s life.
Is Facebook a boon, helping you keep connected with family, friends, and the world, or do you find yourself annoyed with those that overshare, invite you to play inane games, and tag you in photos?
People use it as a diary to record their lives – in the form of posts, pictures & videos. It provides a chance to let your loved ones on the other side of the globe know, what you are up to. But like the hardliners would argue, the Facebook isn’t used only by the loved ones. There are some pretty sick & dangerous people out there who would like to get their hands on such information & turn it into their own advantage. The motives differ, but are harmful anyways. The thing people like is the inexpensive way or letting other people (wherever they are) know their thoughts, what they are up to & what they want in near real time. What people do not like, is the constant invitations to play games you don’t want to play, “friendship” requests from people whom you don’t know or don’t want to know & other targeted ads that Facebook keeps bombarding on you.
Is Facebook amazing or the scourge of the internet?
This question is a bit hard to answer & the answer always depends on whom you ask this question!! It is like nuclear energy – you could use it to mass produce electricity & as source of energy for mankind’s various needs. But it could also be bundled up as a bomb & possibly be used as a link to wipe out the entire human population off the face of the earth. So what do we say – is Nuclear energy amazing or the scourge of the mankind? There would be a line drawn right in the middle & equal number of people on either side of the line, split in their opinion. Facebook is like the nuke (just for a simile), which could be both – good & bad at the same time. It depends on who uses it & his/her purpose. There are enough controls on the Facebook to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. One just needs to have enough senses, on what data goes into Facebook. Nobody in their right minds would put in their financial/bank records, medical history, address with door number or worse leave everything exposed to the world (as opposed to restricting it to just the closest ones). When used in the proper way – it could serve as your personal assistant (in remembering friend’s/co-worker’s birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc), as a medium to keep in touch with a friend/relative residing far away whom you cannot call up every now & then, and many more. So to sum it up – it’s like any other technological marvel that mankind produced – and could be put to use either ways!!