The Attack of Facebook: the Negative Effects It Has on Its Users

1811 Words May 2nd, 2013 8 Pages
Mary C.
WRD 104/Rozzell
27 October 2010
Research Paper
The Attack of Facebook: the negative effects it has on its users
In 2004 Mark Zuckerberg created a social network called Facebook that would affect the lives of millions. A social network is defined according to Danah M. Boyd, a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley and author of Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship as a “web-based service that allows individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system” (Boyd). Facebook,
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According to a recent poll done this past June, 22.7% of Americans spend their time on social networks. This is about a 6.9% increase since last year (Clemmitt), and 40% of Facebook users are from the United States alone (Richard). It is addicting—that’s why when the Quit Facebook Day came on May 31st “only 37,000 of Facebook’s then nearly 500 million members” actually refrained from signing on that day (Clemmitt). Its users are finding it a necessity to go on at least once every day if not several. Facebook has taken over millions of people’s lives. Time has been wasted and “the company [Facebook] reports that its users spend 500 billion minutes online with Facebook every month” (Richard). According to Dr. CK Lin, director of CoGi, “researchers at Ohio State University” conducted a study that claimed “students who use Facebook on a daily basis do worse in school” (Lin). Instead of doing homework or studying, students spend their time browsing on Facebook and updating statuses. Papers get put off and group projects get interrupted by the constant breaks to check Facebook. Along with effecting academics, the addiction of Facebook has put a strain on social relationships. It can be justified with the article "The meaning of Facebook; Is the addictive social networking website making us more exhibitionist, narcissistic, extroverted or individualistic? All of the above, writes Richard A. Posner" by Richard Posner that:

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