Major Assignment #1
The Social Impact of Facebook:
An Evaluation of the Effects of Facebook on Society’s Interactions and Their Outcomes
Facebook: The site for impersonal social interaction, over-sharing, stalking people’s lives and making it all seem okay because ‘everyone else is doing it’. The little blue ‘F’ has become one of the most prominent symbols for the social lives of most high school and college aged kids. It has become a social plague, infectious and virulent. It starts like any sickness, in a few small populations, the college campuses in this case, and spreads to consume the world population, one internet user at a time. “Everybody on campus was using it. ‘Facebook me’ was the common expression after two weeks,” said Divya in the movie The Social Network. What’s scary is that this phenomenon isn’t just the fictitious exaggeration of a movie, it’s real life. It has not only disrupted, but fully altered the way our social scene works. This one website has blurred the lines of real friendship and acceptable social relations. Facebook encourages us to define ourselves in a few lines, has an impact on our social interactions and concept of identity, and has an addictive quality that draws us to share our entire lives for everyone to see.
Try to describe yourself. Now try to fit it into a few sentences and basic facts. This is what Facebook does to society, it conveniently places people into categories by their basic interests and information. According to Facebook the most important things about a person are their relationship status, their school and the way they look in their profile picture. Not if the person has a sense of humor or if they’re a good friend. “Friends, pictures, profiles, whatever you can visit, browse around, maybe it's someone you just met at a party.” describes Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. He infers that through these small few things we’ve got enough information to be ‘friends’...