Facebook in Moderation

We have all heard the hype about Facebook and what it can do to our social skills. But do people ever stop to think about the ways that it can actually help us?

Besides allowing us to chat with our friends who we don’t get to see, it does a couple other things as well. First of all allowing us to keep in touch with our friends allows us to extend our social capital and social support system. Personally, I can think of many friends off the top of my head who I know I can speak to just about anything who have known me for many years and who I deeply trust. If it were not for Facebook, I would not be able to stay as close to these friends and be able to keep up as easily as we do. Second, Facebook statuses are a form of our own personal outlet. If we are too shy to let something out for the world to see, there are plenty of ways to express our emotions through what we post without putting it in clear words. We are still able to use this outlet if other popular outlets such as exercise, talking face to face, or other of our favorite outlets. Furthermore, we can also see when friends are having a hard time and need help of their own. So while we may spend a little too much time online instead of in the real world, Facebook does have its benefits. All that is needed is moderation. We have to know when to distance ourselves, but we shouldn’t necessarily cut ourselves off completely.


2 Responses to “Facebook in Moderation”

  1. 1 carimalakoff May 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I agree with this post in which I think Facebook does have a lot of great benefits while also some negatives. I think that it is a great way to get in touch and re-connect or stay connected with friends. Also, it is a way for others to show pictures of vacations, holidays, etc. to others. However, it does have some cons in terms of privacy and with some people without knowing it having their pages public to others they may not even know which could potentially put them in danger by giving out too much of their information, such as their address or leaving for vacation. I remember reading an article in which when people would put up their “status” on facebook as going out of town and their facebook was public, robbers were able to find where they lived and robbed their houses. As a result, while facebook is a chance for people to reconnect and communicate, it is best to use only in moderation and also to make sure not to put too much information about yourself out there for those who do not you to see.

  2. 2 rmb2 May 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I agree to but come exam time i think facebook is a total negative. I personally dont go on facebook the entire time i am studying for an exam. Some people are on facebook the whole time they are in the library and i personally do not know how they do that. I could never be able to concentrate on my work while talking to people.

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