Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University. The website’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include (potentially) any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 400 million active users worldwide,and ofcourse the numbers are increasing day by day!
My friends and family tells me that I am becoming,or rather am, what they call a ‘facebook addict’.I would like to clear it to all my dear friends and family that this ‘addiction’ is not for facebook but rather from talking to friends and sharing news and pictures. They used to tease me mercilessly on my addiction of orkut and before that the yahoo messenger,I want to clear it here that yes I am an addict!..but not of facebook,orkut or any other social networking site,but of talking to friends.
I fall under the breed of people who are really smart,funny and clever but only when they are hidden behind a metaphorical curtain,which in this case is a computer screen.so my friends see a different aljohn in school,who is shy,submissive and a little reserved,but on facebook the aljohn is funny,smart, witty and ofcourse sarcastic.
This behaviour is as common amongst today’s youth as finding potholes in the roads.
Teenagers of today are taking the help of such social networking sites to create an ‘alter ego’ for themselves to boost their confidence, get them many friends and share their thoughts without being seen.
Having the ‘facebook syndrome’ is not bad at all.but ,yes, too much of everything is bad.it is these ‘facebook addicts’, who go on to become victims of cyber crimes.
A good or a healthy ‘facebook addict’ will never make friends who he/she don’t know or are suspicious about. An obsessive or unhealthy ‘facebook addict’ will make friends and chat with people who he/she does not know. He/she will post umpteen number of pictures of herself/himself on facebook to attract strangers to add him/her in their friend lists.
An even dangerous stage of ‘facebook addiction’ is when the addict agrees on meeting a complete stranger,olnly known through facebook, in person. And such ‘facebook addicts’ are murdered,raped,kidnapped or looted.
It is these unhealthy ‘facebook addicts’ who have given us,’healthy facebookers’, a bad name.
There are also our cousins. The ‘active mobile users’.Again the youth,yes,as I had mentioned earlier also,my,or our, addiction is not of facebook or any social networking medium for that matter,it is for talking and remaining in touch with friends. Here I would also like to differentiate between our cousins and people who get mobile phones for status. Our cousins would not care if they get a ‘torch-wallah’ nokia or an N-96,they are only concerned about talking and messaging to their friends.
So I hope the differenc ehad been made clear to all my friends,family,most importantly my parents!…
I AM PROUD TO BE A HEALTHY FACEBOOKER!