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Trystan Thomas 7/11/10 Opinion writing: Facebook People who want to keep in touch with family and friends generally use social networking sites. The most popular of these sites include Bebo, Myspace, Twitter, Friendster and the most common of all Facebook. Facebook allows users to present themselves, articulate their social networks and establish or maintain connections with others. Facebook is the sixth most visited website on the internet. It has grown to be the world's largest social networking site. The global phenomenon was created by former Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, on February 2004 as a way of getting college students to get to know one and other on campus. Other colleges around America began to use the website and by winter, facebook's popularity had already grown to a million active users. To this day, there are more that 500 million facebook users, which is more than the entire population of the United States. Not only does facebook have an enormous popularity, but it also has more functions than any other website. ...read more.


Another handy device facebook offers is the birthday reminder. It gives me the ability to see the birthdays of every single person on my friends list. It even reminds me when someone's birthday is imminent. I feel very embarrassed to admit that this is an useful tool because I should know my friends' birthdays. Facebook is remarkably easy to use. The interface is surprisingly simple and you don't need to be an expert in programming to use it. Although this is a positive aspect about the site, there is one flaw. The minimum age to create a profile on facebook is thirteen, and since it is so easy to use the website, surely someone under thirteen years old could create an account. All they have to do is add a few years to their date of birth and facebook wouldn't have a clue. Not only is it easy for people to lie about their age, but they can easily lie about their personality, or even their identity. ...read more.


Work places have banned the site due to the fact that it interferes with work. It also interferes with school work, statistics say that a student's grades would be higher if it were not for facebook. I admit that I was addicted to facebook, which is the reason why I believe facebook addiction is such a major problem. I noticed how much time I spent on the site and realised that I had to do something about it. I didn't go to such extent as to delete my profile, but I did come up with an idea. I asked my mum to change my password, this way I wouldn't be able to log on, and the only person who could would be my mum, and then I could only log on when absolutely necessary. My problem was solved, I couldn't believe how much time I wasted in front of the computer, or how many times I logged on in a single day on my ipod. I would advise everyone who has the same problem to do the same thing. Although I didn't have the power to get rid of facebook's existence, I was no longer hooked to it. ...read more.

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