Facebook Argument Essay

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English & 101 May 18, 2012 Facebook: To Friend Or Not to Friend, That is the Question Does the world need Facebook for Dummies? Social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have led to positive changes in the way people communicate, share information, and market their businesses; however, Facebook comes with many negative effects with long-term consequences. Facebook can be argued to be a viable tool and necessary in today’s society, but there are many harmful and dangerous associations that stem from improper use and allowing children access. Facebook has devastating effects on relationships, can cause psychological disorders, and puts the user at risk of cyber bullying, sexual exploitation and predators. Facebook was launched on the “World Wide Web” on September 26, 2006, to everyone above the age of 13 who had an e-mail address. As of May 12, 2012, Facebook has a membership of 901 million active users worldwide and a net worth valuation of about $100 billion. Facebook requires all users to provide their real birthdate to encourage authenticity and provide only age-appropriate access to content (News Room, Facebook). Regardless of the company’s age guidelines, any person of any age can acquire a Facebook account. Facebook plays a role in affairs and divorces. One could argue that Facebook should not be blamed because of a cheating spouse or partner, but the site does offer the platform. For example, Divorce-Online surveyed 5,000 divorce petitions in the United Kingdom between 2009-2011 and 33% of divorce petitions filed referenced Facebook in 2011, which was an increase of 20% since 2009. The reasons for divorce filings were: inappropriate messages; posting nasty comments about past partners; and friends reporting on a spouse's behavior (The Christian Post). If you take Facebook out of the marriage, the divorce statistics would be less.

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