I almost went back on Facebook this last week. I had left “the social network” quite some time ago for a myriad of reasons. It was taking up a lot of time, feeding my pride, and when a friend told me Facebook was a contributing factor to his adultery, it was the last straw and I deleted my account. It is still very tempting to return, but then I read these stats and simply can’t support or encourage anyone else to get involved with this site. These stats break my heart. I encourage you to read these and make your own judgment.
People are messing up their relationships with it (Men’s Health – no Link because of racy pictures):
– 24% use the social network to flirt with someone other than their current partner.
– 11% of the women surveyed put provocative pictures on their account to attract men.
– 17% of users check their ex’s Facebook page at least once a week.
– 59% of users admit to having “stalked” someone through their Facebook account.
– 32% of women tried to reconnect with an ex — 16% of them women were in a relationship at the time.
– 36% of men tried to reconnect with an ex — 20% of these men were in a relationship.
People are messing up their jobs with it (Marketwire):
– 39% use social media (Facebook, Twitter) while at work
– 26% for more than an hour a day
– Facebook are Twitter are potentially costing the British economy up to £14 billion a year in lost working time (eweekeurope)
Young women are getting addicted to it (Oxygen @ Mashable):
– 39% of women age 18-34 are self-proclaimed Facebook addicts
– 34% of women age 18-34 make Facebook the first thing they do when they wake up, even before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom.
– 21% of women age 18-34 check Facebook in the middle of the night
Teens are putting themselves in danger on it (Information Week):
– 69% of teenagers have included their physical location in a social networking status update
– ~33% chat online with people they don’t know
– ~50% share their real first name with strangers (24% shared their e-mail, 18% a photograph of themselves, and 12% their cell phone number)
I disagree. If I told you that a group of friends murdered their teachers and school mates under the influence of heavy metal, would you blame the students, the heavy metal, or music itself? Maybe the students or the heavy metal, but certainly not music in general. The music was abused by the artists, and the students ventured into an area of music that they shouldn’t have gone to. That’s not to say music can’t be used for the good.
Facebook can be used for a variety of different things, good or bad, just like everything else in this world.
You have a point duncanpadmore1, which is why I’m encouraging people to make the decision for themselves. To your point about heavy metal I would ask you: If you had multiple friends who were getting into trouble, and the common denominator was that they all listened to heavy metal, would it cause you to “rethink” the genre? And if another friend said he wanted to start listening to it, would you approach the subject with more caution?
I agree that we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but I think it’s important that we are willing to evaluate what we are doing in an effort to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…” (Phil 4:8) as we try to be “blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil 2:15)
I could probably write a similar article against the use of food by finding stats on people who are bulimic and anorexic. Or against clothing. The list goes on…