The article, ‘Facebook: social good or social dysfunction’ is prepared by Amber Plank and Jennifer Sawayda for the classroom discussion at university of Mexico. Authors suggest that Facebook has a number of attractions and it is hard for anybody to stay away once he or she has started using it regularly. The article suggests that Facebook has benefitted people in a number of ways but it has also made them addicted and compelled them in cutting off all other activities whether it is social or personal. Authors do not blame Facebook for any negative impact and suggests users to get the benefits of the social networking site but it should be used in a limit.
The article, ‘Facing the Facebook’ is written by Michael J. Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University who has authored, ‘Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age’. Author is a learned academician who says that there are more than twenty thousand Facebook users in a number of approximately twenty five thousand enrolled students in Iowa state university. He opines that information technology was supposed to improve the standards of research as well as facilitating the students but students are using the technology for surfing Facebook, massaging each other and for other time pass activities. The article quotes Christine Rosen, who says that people who enjoy using sites like Facebook are one who has a tendency to establish themselves as products. Rosen adds that youngsters are misusing the technology and instead of taking its benefits, they are just using for their entertainment. Almost all the scholars have similar views and criticize youngsters for using Facebook and for misusing the technology. Authors in this article opine that Facebook has emerged as a major issue of concern as it is adversely affecting people’s life. A number of incidents suggest that youngsters are badly addicted to the social site and it has affected their participation in all other activities including sports, study and social works.
According to the authors excessive use of computer impact the normal life of people in great way. The author further pointed out towards excessive use of social media like Facebook which disturb personal life of various users. Author described a case of women who came to authors for treatment of same disorder. The women use to spend around five hours daily on Facebook. She was a user of Facebook for last seven month in these seven she made around 400 friends on the Facebook. She was so addicted of Facebook that she lost her job due to the fact that she use to go to the net-café when she is on duty. Not only this she stop going out frequently and used internet during her examination to surf Facebook pages. The health problems associated with this order are: sleep disturbances, stress, anxiety, and weakness. Authors said that the continuously increasing use of Facebook is very dangerous for young male and females. It not only negatively impacts their studies but also disturb their personal lives. It invites various health problems which further worsen the situation. All technologies has their own advantages and disadvantages similarly Facebook has. Facebook can also be used effectively if used only for limited time. Spending huge time on the Facebook is not beneficial for any user .
‘Are you addicted to Facebook’ is an article that is prepared by Jamie Lober as the cover story of family time magazine. The article deals with the issue in detail, it says that a number of families are being affected due to the Facebook addiction of family members. Report refers to a psychologist, Joyce mart who confirms that a number of families are concerned and recognize Facebook as a major issue. The article has discussed this issue with a number of experts and almost all of them opine that Facebook is affecting the life of people in a negative manner. Humans are designed to mingle with the people and not pass their substantial time on the internet but recent trend suggests a different story and people have started paying prices for the same. The article mentions a number of symptoms of Facebook addiction and suggests staying away from getting addicted.
One more article on the subject that we are going to discuss in the paper is, ‘Facebook addiction among female university students’. The research report is prepared by Sharifah Sofiah S. Z, Siti Zobidah Omar, Mohd Nizam Osman, Jusang Bolong. Authors in their detailed and well organized research suggest that young females are using Facebook excessively and for different purposes. Authors say that girls are using Facebook for a larger time and this habit is affecting their lifestyle in a serious manner. They are less concentrating on their study, on sports activities, on social activities as well as on other extracurricular activities but they get time for the Facebook every day. Authors in their study established a relationship between female students and use of Facebook. According to the authors young female use Facebook because of various reasons like: social interaction, companionship, fun, entertainment, strong communication with known and unknown friends and passing time. The excessive use of Facebook not only impacts their personal lives but also decrease their grading during exams. All the four authors belong to Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, university putra Malaysia. They present several facts and figures to corroborate their argument that females in Malaysia are spending an enormous amount of time on the Facebook. According to the authors internet is not new to us; it invented long time back and people are utilizing it for past several years. However, a sudden significant increase in number of people suffering from net addiction is due to Facebook. Authors said that Facebook is a new category of internet that is affecting the lives of people in the negative way .
Amber Plank & Jennifer Sawayda. "Facebook: Social Good or Social Dysfunction?" Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, University of New Mexico (2010).
Bugeja, M. J. "Facing the Facebook." Chronicle Careers (2006): C1-4.
D. Karaiskos, E. Tzavellas, G. Balta & T. Paparrigopoulos. "P02-232 - Social network addiction : a new clinical disorder?" European Psychiatry (2010): 855.
Lober, Jamie. "Are You Addicted To facebook?" Family Time Magazine (2011): 10-11.
Sharifah Sofiah S. Z, S. Z. Omar, M. N. Osman & J. Bolong. "Facebook Addiction Among Female University Students." Revista de Administratie Publica si Politici Sociale (2011): 95-109.