QUOTE(corenfa @ Feb 8 2011, 09:28 PM)
If I wanted to friend everybody in sight, post endless photoshopped pictures of me trying to look cute (I'm really getting too old for that) in too-tight clothing, I suppose I could, but that's not the point of Facebook for me.
If Facebook is abused, that isn't Facebook's fault any more than it is Tim Berners-Lee's fault for having invented the internet in the first place.
Edit: Having said all of the above, I can see why some people find it pointless. Just wanted to give my reasons why I think it isn't totally pointless...
Facebook isn't totally pointless, and I know a lot of [more mature] people who make good use of it. My concern is that it is very addictive to school age children, and many seem to be totally hooked on it. In my view the addictive nature of this application is a deliberate policy on the part of Facebook, as they clearly rely on advertising revenues which are proportionate to the number of users.
As with any similar application (YouTube is another one), there is a danger that children will use it to look at something specific, (perhaps a friend has sent them a link), but before you know it they have spent an entire evening online, their homework hasn't been done, and parents have great difficulty getting their offspring away from the computer. Even then it doesn't end, as children can still send text messages to Facebook from under the sheets!
I also worry that these types of communication have destroyed our children?s ability to write cogent sentences, whilst spoken communication and face to face reasoning seems to be a completely lost art.
I wish I could believe that what I am saying was not true, but I know of several children who have dropped out of sixth form college simply becuase they couldn't find time t fit their college work in alongside Facebook, and there was no way that they would sacrifice their (I quote) 'social life
' second to their school work.
That attitude, to my view, is a very sad reflection on the value that so many young people attach to this wretched programme, and that is before we consider the risks of attracting unwelcome attention from adults posing as children.
Facebook, like alcohol, has legitmate uses amongst mature adults, but like alcohol, I wouldn't want my children to be spending every evening consuming it, and then taking it to bed, and to school the next morning. That, to me, suggests a serously addictive habit which is encouraged purely for corporate gain.