Addiction to Facebook
Facebook started in 2004, and now, after just five years, it has almost 60 million active users. After Myspace, it is the second largest social network. So, what makes it so popular? Why are people so addicted to it- and what exactly defines addiction to facebook? And, if you are addicted, how do you stop? Because Facebook, with its increasingly immense popularity is becoming an unhealthy addiction for many.
In 2007, a company, Sophos interviewed 500 of its workers who were Facebook users. Eight percent of users said they accessed Facebook up to ten times while at work each day, and 15 percent said that they were on Facebook virtually all the time. Many companies have a similar problem, and are taking measures to block Facebook. This situation is reflected here at Westwood too. On all school computers, facebook has been banned, much to the frustration of many students who feel compelled to log on during school.
What makes Facebook so compelling is that it conveniently combines all the functions of emailing, messaging, sharing pictures, and much more into a simple, easy-to-use website. We are wired for news, and Facebook enables us to engage in a constant flow of news created by our network of friends. If you want to find a long lost friend, all you have to do is type that person’s name into the search bar. If you want to see what someone is up to without having to talk to them, all you have to do is click around on his or profile. If you have something to promote, you can easily create a group and invite all your friends to join. Facebook allows us to connect in ways that were not possible just a few years ago, back when we were in middle school.
There is no doubt that Facebook is a useful tool, but it is also easy to develop an addiction to. Pretty much everyone I know has an account, but it doesn’t take much before Facebook changes from something that’s useful into a major source of procrastination and mindless clicking.