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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Facebook

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The advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook.

The advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook.

Facebook is the most popular social networking site of all time. Within six years, Facebook has experienced dramatic growth—it has reached more than a billion users and is still growing rapidly.

For many, Facebook has become an integral part of day-to-day life. However, while the social media site can be very useful, it's important to avoid becoming addicted to it. This article features a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of using Facebook in your everyday life.

  1. Facebook is free—and not only that, but it's also one of the best mediums for communication. You can send messages, start a video call, and upload photos and videos without charge.
  2. Facebook lets you connect to different people from anywhere in the world. People everywhere these days are familiar with Facebook. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about the culture, values, customs, and traditions of other countries—a modern-day pen-pal service without the hassle. It also helps keep long distance relationships alive. Sometimes these across-the-world relationships get serious and even end up in marriage—a testament to the power of this social media platform.
  3. Facebook is the most convenient tool for finding old buddies and keeping friendships alive. Often when friends move away it’s difficult to keep communicating with them. Facebook
    provides the opportunity to easily communicate with your old friends and keep up-to-date one what they're doing. It's fun to see their photos from around the world!
  4. It's an easy way to share feelings and what's happening in your daily life. You can share your achievements to get some appreciation, or you can share your sorrows to get support from your generous friends.
  5. The site has good privacy settings, allowing you to choose your desired level of privacy.
  6. Facebook fan pages, groups, events, etc. are getting more popular by the day. Fan pages and groups are very handy for promotional activities. This is why almost every well-known brand has a Facebook fan page and is investing lot of money to get exposure to their core constituents.
  7. Facebook groups can also be a great way to connect all of your close friends. You can create a group and keep it private in the group's settings. Features like group chat, notifications, file sharing, etc. can help you communicate and stay up-to-date easily.
  8. Facebook now also offers you an email address, another handy feature. These email works just like Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, and Hotmail, allowing you to send and receive email with users both within and outside of the site. The email address is based on your Facebook user name. For example, if your username is "Ding Dong," your Facebook email address will be "DingDong@facebook.com." You can also receive files attachment through Facebook email.
  9. The newsfeed plays a very important role in getting the latest information. Facebook fan pages and users are constantly sharing articles, photos, and videos.
  10. If you're a business, the site also allows you to advertise. Fan pages are very helpful for a successful marketing campaign, because they allow potential consumers to engage, stay informed, and share with friends.
  11. You can chat both online and on your phone with Facebook messenger. For students who don't yet have a mobile device, this messenger can be downloaded as an app on an iPod or tablet and used just like text messenging in areas with WiFi.
  12. Many popular celebrities and organizations are using Facebook to give regular updates to their fans, allowing you to feel closer to them than ever.
  13. Students can use Facebook for group study by creating a group only for studying. There, you can share information about your projects, homework, assignments, exams, due dates, etc.
  14. Relationships can blossom on Facebook. For long distance couples, the easy communication can help keep the love alive all the time they're apart. The site can even help people eventually tie the knot.
  15. Facebook online games are popular and addicting. There are millions of users who regularly engage in these games.
  16. Besides the games, there are thousands of applications, quizzes, etc. available.
  17. You can also use the site to create your own social media platform. Share your article, blogs, photos, etc. to thousands of people.
  18. Facebook's like button connects you to many other websites. If you see a like button on another website, you can click it to like it on Facebook, making it more likely for your friends to see it in their own news feeds.
  19. Your login ID means that you don't need to waste your time for registering other sites. Most sites and apps now allow you to instantly register by logging in with your Facebook account.
  20. Facebook is well-designed! There are no distracting colors or designs available. Facebook's simple design and efficient performance made it the world's dominant social site.

What else? In a nutshell, Facebook is the full package of communication, education, entertainment and addiction!

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Disadvantages of Facebook

Some people can become addicted to Facebook, to the detriment of their grades or other priorities.

Some people can become addicted to Facebook, to the detriment of their grades or other priorities.

Now it's time to talk about some disadvantages of Facebook. Anything, no matter how helpful, has its downsides. Some of the main disadvantages of this site are:

  1. Facebook is addicting! For some people, Facebook can be as habit-forming as cigarettes! Facebook is a useful and helpful tool, but it becomes harmful if you begin wasting your valuable time. This is the site's biggest disadvantage, because the loss of your precious time can lead to other problems.
  2. There are fake profiles and IDs. Now it is easier to create fake profiles using stolen pictures. People often use fake profiles to insult or harass someone they don't like.Teen girls are the most vulnerable to these activities. There have been several news stories about people, normally students, who became depressed or suicidal after being harassed on Facebook.
  3. There are plenty of groups and fan pages out there that condone extremist, unaccepting points of view. These are being created to abuse or violate other religions, personalities, nationalities, etc. This kind of discriminatory and often racist activity is not acceptable on a global site like Facebook. If you see a site like this, report it. Facebook administrators should take necessary steps against all of these abusive groups and pages.
  4. Certain Facebook activities have fueled conflict between social media-savvy couples. According to a recent study, around a third of divorce filings in recent years have contained the word "Facebook." Posts, pictures, and geo-tags that indicate a partner might not be telling the truth can be used as evidence in the divorce process.
  5. Too much time on the site has been correlated with bad grades, or student results. Students who don't study or pay attention in class do not get good marks in their exams unless they cheat or are way too smart for the class in the first place!
  6. People can stalk you and get your personal information. It is highly recommended not to share your personal information publicly.
  7. Not only students, but also people working in offices can waste time on Facebook. That's why many offices have decided to block the site from their networks completely.
  8. Many people have lost their usernames because their accounts were falsely reported. This is something Facebook administrators should be more careful about. However, you can get your username back with a government-issued ID.
  9. Facebook chat often has glitches.
  10. Different sources have found that Facebook can be life-threatening at times. Unknown people can track your activities and see where you are when. So be careful about whom you add as a friend. It's also a good idea to keep you activities private to people who are not your friends.
  11. Facebook has also been at the center of some very violent news stories. One mother killed her child because it was crying in hunger while she was browsing Facebook, and a husband killed his wife because she changed her relationship status. These acts are rare but happen in extreme cases. More frequent are accidents caused by people not paying attention while looking at Facebook on their phones.

By now it should be clear that Facebook has many disadvantages and can be dangerous at times. Every user should use the site carefully to minimize risk by turning on privacy settings and always being aware that people can see everything that's posted. I hope this information has answered any questions you may have about the pros and cons of using Facebook. If you have any questions, please leave them for me in the comments.

Comments

Mahendra Kumar on July 21, 2020:

Very useful specially for those who uses fb without knowing pros and cons

pinky singh from Balliya on July 12, 2020:

love you facebook

Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on January 23, 2020:

Something that has come to my attention since my last comment is Facebook owns whatever you share. Facebook wants as many people using the system for "Free" because they mine your data.

What many don't know, is if they so choose they can sell your data, this includes facial recognition.

I highly recommend reading the terms and conditions. You would be surprised at what you can learn by reading them.

Great Britain's Privacy Regulation (GDPR) is for the most part a moot point, by anyone not living in a country covered by their policy. The terms and conditions point this out, only in language that is hard for a layman to understand.

I have seen many posts telling Facebook, they have no right to your private information. These all mean nothing. The terms and conditions override anything you try to do to stop them. The only thing that works is removing your profile and never using the system again.

If you are in business, sorry you are out of luck. You need something there because people do search Facebook, to find out out if your company is real and legitimate. If they don't find your company there chances are they won't do business with you.

Emanuel Biondi on January 21, 2020:

I have a FB account. Accidentally somehow the language changed to Spanish. How do I get it to go back to English?

Kalika Shrestha on November 07, 2019:

Thank you Facebook

VinayKrishna on June 14, 2019:

Hello, thanks for writing article on facebook about advantages & disadvantages really good article

Adil Khan from Noida on July 06, 2018:

addiction to anything is harmful if keep it in limited then it will not create any problems.

starcatcher5 on May 01, 2018:

More than entertainment it is keeping people too much busy and distracting them form personal and professional relations..according to me its just for entertainment not much advantage of wasting time on it.

starcatcher1 on April 25, 2018:

I learnt few things which i really don't know about Facebook.

Bes Band Associates from Tacoma, WA on March 19, 2018:

Good ol' facebook. If it weren't for my band I'd delete my profile completely.

but... alas...

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Rrrt on March 12, 2018:

Some people can become addicted to Facebook, to the detriment of their grades or other priorities.

Now it's time to talk about some disadvantages of Facebook. Anything, no matter how helpful, has its downsides. Some of the main disadvantages of this site are:

Facebook is addicting! For some people, Facebook can be as habit-forming as cigarettes! Facebook is a useful and helpful tool, but it becomes harmful if you begin wasting your valuable time. This is the site's biggest disadvantage, because the loss of your precious time can lead to other problems.

There are fake profiles and IDs. Now it is easier to create fake profiles using stolen pictures. People often use fake profiles to insult or harass someone they don't like.Teen girls are the most vulnerable to these activities. There have been several news stories about people, normally students, who became depressed or suicidal after being harassed on Facebook.

There are plenty of groups and fan pages out there that condone extremist, unaccepting points of view. These are being created to abuse or violate other religions, personalities, nationalities, etc. This kind of discriminatory and often racist activity is not acceptable on a global site like Facebook. If you see a site like this, report it. Facebook administrators should take necessary steps against all of these abusive groups and pages.

Certain Facebook activities have fueled conflict between social media-savvy couples. According to a recent study, around a third of divorce filings in recent years have contained the word "Facebook." Posts, pictures, and geo-tags that indicate a partner might not be telling the truth can be used as evidence in the divorce process.

Too much time on the site has been correlated with bad grades, or student results. Students who don't study or pay attention in class do not get good marks in their exams unless they cheat or are way too smart for the class in the first place!

People can stalk you and get your personal information. It is highly recommended not to share your personal information publicly.

Not only students, but also people working in offices can waste time on Facebook. That's why many offices have decided to block the site from their networks completely.

Many people have lost their usernames because their accounts were falsely reported. This is something Facebook administrators should be more careful about. However, you can get your username back with a government-issued ID.

Facebook chat often has glitches.

Different sources have found that Facebook can be life-threatening at times. Unknown people can track your activities and see where you are when. So be careful about whom you add as a friend. It's also a good idea to keep you activities private to people who are not your friends.

Facebook has also been at the center of some very violent news stories. One mother killed her child because it was crying in hunger while she was browsing Facebook, and a husband killed his wife because she changed her relationship status. These acts are rare but happen in extreme cases. More frequent are accidents caused by people not paying attention while looking at Facebook on their phones.

By now it should be clear that Facebook has many disadvantages and can be dangerous at times. Every user should use the site carefully to minimize risk by turning on privacy settings and always being aware that people can see everything that's posted. I hope this information has answered any questions you may have about the pros and cons of using Facebook. If you have any questions, please leave them for me in the comments.

Niles Benghauser from Prescott, AZ on February 19, 2018:

The dangers of Facebook are reduced to zero if users take reasonable precautions with their privacy settings. Unfortunately, Facebook makes privacy difficult. They need to improve their platform and be more friendly to private users. Instead, they cater to users that allow their info to be public.

I use Facebook primarily for business. That's where I have found the most use from it.

hallo on February 19, 2018:

Nice

Musleha Yasmin on November 23, 2017:

...........thank you very much for such an informative article

GreenEyes1607 from USA on October 08, 2017:

This is a great topic. I recently wrote about Facebook and other social media sites myself. It is definitely interesting to observe how much it has changed our lives and behaviors through the years.

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Gobindo ROy from Bangladesh on February 27, 2017:

It's really nice topic.

Hamidullah Nadeem on January 29, 2017:

in my prospective! facebook is initially not bad, it is good it belong to us how do we use it. if we use that in a good way then that is a good thing. by facebook we can share our ideas, opinions and points of veiws on different issues. But hte problem is if we use it in a bad way i mean in wrong way such as for discrimination or inter religious issues then that is an evil thing .

thank you

basith on January 04, 2017:

thanks for information

Matilda on January 04, 2017:

In my opinion, Facebook today is a very important communication tool. bacause it is use not only by individuals but also companies. Through it often takes up the exchange of information between the seller and the customer. At the same time, I think that here it is worth to take care of appropriate solutions, to help communicate technical terms. Certainly a great option will be http://www.comarch.com/telecommunications/, which is used by many companies worldwide, and therefore helps to increase business productivity.

gilbertlegaspi154@gmail.com on January 03, 2017:

This is the most influential media now a days ^_^

GordyM on December 13, 2016:

Facebook has good points and bad points. It is especially great for marketers who want to reach a huge market. For people looking to chat it is also a great source of friends. There are many sources of news on Facebook.

@mine on October 15, 2016:

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varshini on July 14, 2016:

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varshini on July 14, 2016:

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angle on July 13, 2016:

even the prime minster uses facebook and why can't childern use

angle on July 13, 2016:

facebook can be also used wrongly by some people. what i am trying to say is be careful in facebook and other websites

Huzaifa on June 23, 2016:

facebook affects our health

Sourav Rana on April 05, 2016:

A revolution in the field of social networking and internet, Facebook is not lesser a legendary change in our world.

Connecting over a billion users globally, it is an elite representation of technology. Despite some disadvantages and many advantages, I prefer it while in free time.

Diana Lorita on April 02, 2016:

thanks for the informations gave me much information did completed the asighment.....

neyzaing on March 18, 2016:

You are able to people to read your letters. Good writing and ideas.

Amjad on March 08, 2016:

thank you very much

Wyn on February 29, 2016:

Hi. What's your real name? I need it for my bibliography. Thanks

Krushik on February 18, 2016:

It's very bad do not use it every time

stars on February 13, 2016:

this helped me a lot to write an essay on bad effcts of facebook.actually i learned many disadvantages of facebook

win on February 02, 2016:

please write a oral presentation for me

topic . facebook is a distruction from educational growth

sakibul hasan win on February 02, 2016:

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topic . facebook is a distruction from educational growth

aditi sharma on February 01, 2016:

nice topic for debate but children should not use that

eirlys on January 14, 2016:

i think it depend on us

vijay on January 13, 2016:

i want negative point of Facebook for a debate...

mounika on November 09, 2015:

it was nice concept that u had presented above

Najaf ali on November 05, 2015:

Nice advantages and disadvantages

kajal on November 05, 2015:

Facebook is dangerous for the students and others also

swati patil on October 03, 2015:

so nice

k.visal on September 15, 2015:

I want to addition to my idea about the disadvantages of using it; most of the people respected the time as the gold and had the more interesting in using all the alternative network to get profit. As we are see an effective using systems in the societies, we have eventually gotten the more stressed in order to compare everything in the world. Furthermore, we have mostly highly faced of lack of valuable time in living styles, and they had a lot of the things to do their families to carry up the work or study as well. The world will be faced more problems in utilizing the network as much all the time; they have gone to the universities and study hard for testing or competing with other students in the same school. The most of the University students have much more account Facebook, and they have addicted to the social network and have much more time using facebook more than value things to do.

janrey on September 03, 2015:

well done

muhammad on August 22, 2015:

just well done

able, edwin S. on June 25, 2015:

I love facebook, but i use my Id only saturday and sunday because I have my class. I dont like if my only precious time will gonna affected.thats why I promise my self not to use my ID during classes hour.

aishwarya on June 21, 2015:

It is a wonderful site

hamid on May 24, 2015:

this is very good information about facebook i hope people can leave the facebook and this information leaves great impression for people

Ak on May 05, 2015:

I think it is true for the people who like it and not like .

Amrit on May 03, 2015:

Hi every one How are you

yame on April 23, 2015:

Well i got essay on fb ;) its good

uma on April 14, 2015:

thanks a lot for info

Shilpi join on April 05, 2015:

Facebook means meetnew new friends

amina on April 04, 2015:

face book is useful and harmful at the same time

saveng winer on March 28, 2015:

The most interesting of facebook is finding the new friends.

karona on March 07, 2015:

hi how are you

charul on February 25, 2015:

thank you so much for your kind information regarding the disadvantages of using facebook

charul on February 25, 2015:

thank you so much for your kind information regarding the disadvantages of using facebook

manoj on February 15, 2015:

Thanks..

Tariq on January 09, 2015:

Oh! Thank you so much for your kind information regarding the disadvantages of using facebook.

ushanandhini on January 04, 2015:

nice post

sandarella on December 27, 2014:

Thanks a lot this helped me to do my assigment its really good thanks again

shayhaq Elllahi on November 21, 2014:

It is really got lots information about the advantages and disadvantages about facebook.and helped me to preper a prentation.thanx

harveer singh on November 11, 2014:

thanks so much your topic is very helpful now I save my time by use less facebook thanks

md zubair ahmed on November 08, 2014:

i love fb its a gud opportunity to meet friends in fb

me lover on November 07, 2014:

people help on the advantages of facebook

laxman bhatta(tandi),nepal on November 04, 2014:

its very useful to know about advantages and disadvantages of using FACEBOOK.

sara on October 23, 2014:

itz very usefull n i love........ facebook

Manju pannagar on October 22, 2014:

I am about face an Interview in an hour about this topic. I am satisfied with the information given

i wont tell on October 05, 2014:

nice!!

Mubashir Awan on September 21, 2014:

plz tell me the disadvantages of facebook for students.............................plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

a.m. on September 16, 2014:

fb is not a good thing

baliran on September 01, 2014:

I like fb

aroosa on August 19, 2014:

i like facebook

sweety swetha on August 12, 2014:

It is very useful for the one who needs to create an FB account .Thank you verrrrrrrrrrry much ...........!

daniel on August 05, 2014:

o my god i have got a cool idia about fb so that wonderfull

Tuan Anh on August 03, 2014:

Ok.but it is verry long..yeah

เมตตา โทร on July 24, 2014:

i like facebook but i know time how to spend time for it....

Lahmay on July 15, 2014:

Thank

aneeq khan on July 10, 2014:

thak you facbook

kavyaaishu on July 02, 2014:

thanks a lot ....my ask to do an essay on this tittle ...thanks again

ruff kidd on June 20, 2014:

yea this is all true though

Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on June 08, 2014:

Part of my living is made on Facebook. Because of this I often warn people about the negatives. The idea is to have a long term working relationship with the people I help. If the people I work with become involved with the negative they won't last long.

You have put the negatives together which will make my job easier. Now I can just send them here. Thanks for putting this together. I am wondering why I didn't find it sooner.

Devinda lievera on May 21, 2014:

This is Awesome

Thanks for advised to us............

Maissa on May 18, 2014:

Face book is good web site but when we use it corectely be sure that you are not killing your time

Avishi on May 15, 2014:

REALLY AMAZING

ayaz on May 14, 2014:

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