American Youth Under Fire
Facebook, like many other facets of the Internet, plays a part in the advancement of socialization. It offers opportunities for many to interact with a world of people on a daily basis. It shapes character and teaches how to use the Internet platform to foster networking among friends, family and even those in the work environment. Facebook affords a vehicle for people to remain in touch with loved ones and friends that they might not do otherwise, thus impacting many lives. Regular Facebook users access their accounts often just to view recent postings and/or photos. Regardless of these benefits, there are drawbacks as well. Sometimes, stress can develop due to factors such as privacy issues, monitoring or material that is not age appropriate. Facebook use is rapidly shaping how America’s youth thinks about the world and thus it is affecting the future. So Facebook has definite advantages for social networking and is very popular among today’s youth but some underlying factors are causing Facebook to be both a major distraction and a concern in American society.
Society communicates quite differently now as compared to the past. A world without Facebook seems distant and out of the realm of reality. And yet, there was a time, not so very long ago, when it did not exist. Actually, Facebook was nonexistent before February, 2004. Now, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, within seconds, communication is a mere click away. Due to its convenience and speed, messaging a family member, friend, or business is part of our everyday lives in today’s society. Even young children use Facebook and other social networks. How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking? Well, about 7.5 million active Facebook users evade the company’s policy by lying about their age, saying they are 13 or older. Among these preteens, an estimated 5 million or more are under the age of 10, according to a Consumer Reports Survey. Despite...