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Does Facebook cause more harm than good? Does Facebook cause more harm then good?  

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bindi1 | Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM via web

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Does Facebook cause more harm than good? 

Does Facebook cause more harm then good?

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM (Answer #2)

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I don't think so.  I think it's hard to argue that Facebook causes a whole bunch of harm.  I suppose it gives young people another way to be mean to one another if they want to.  But it is also a very good way to stay in touch with friends.  So maybe it's more important for people who are out of high school, but I think it's generally not a bad thing.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM (Answer #3)

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I would have to politely disagree with pohnpei. Too many horrible things have arisen from the use of social media sites such as Facebook. I know that one cannot go around eliminating something which does offer good points, but as a mother and teacher, all I have seen is the bad.

For example, the ease for child predators to contact children has risen with the advancement of this type of technology. Children, and teenagers alike, post pictures of them, their school, identifiable buildings, and mascots on social media sites. It does not take long for a child predator to find them based upon these pictures.

Second, the use of fake profiles in order to hurt people (as seen by the MySpace and Megan Meier case). Likewise, the ability to bully has risen as well. (Look at the speakers who go into the schools today and they are rampant with the problems with social media sites.)

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 30, 2012 at 2:06 AM (Answer #5)

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I think we'll become more and more vigilant to the problems posed by social media such as Facebook. It is basically a communication tool and it gives people a chance to express themselves in a technologically creative way. This is one of the positive aspects of the new things we can do with the internet.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 30, 2012 at 3:17 AM (Answer #6)

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I am not a member of FACEBOOK, so I am sure my opinions have limitations. However, as a family we live quite well without it, and we seem to have much more time than everybody else. I do not miss the stress of accepting or rejecting friends, or untagging photos, or experiencing the cyber bullying of my son. I meet real people in real time, skype my family and use the phone. I may getan account when I feel that it will be an advantage, but that hasn't happened yet...

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM (Answer #7)

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I would have to agree with #3 in that as a teacher, I have seen the ugly side of facebook in the form of cyber bullying many times.  With that being said, my school uses "teacher pages" as a form of communication with students and parents.  Like anything in life it has some positive and negative traits. 

Kristen Lentz

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM (Answer #8)

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Facebook is simply a new medium in a relatively new technology, and as such, it is going through a "shakedown" period in which its advantages and disadvantages will come to light, and during which it will be used reasonably by some and abused by others.  I am sure people had similar conversations when the printing press, the telegram, the telephone, the radio, the movies, and the television were invented, some saying we were all going to hell in a hand basket and others embracing the new with no caution whatsoever. 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:44 AM (Answer #9)

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It seems to me that most of the bad things we attribute to Facebook were going on already before it became popular. While there are certainly problems, I don't think that its net effect thus far has been negative. As the previous post says, I think that we are just beginning to adjust to new technologies like Facebook. The challenge will be in eliminating or limiting some of the potential for abuse while maintaining its openness.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM (Answer #10)

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No, Facebook does not cause more harm than good. I think most of what happens on Facebook is harmless and a lot of it is even helpful.  The people who use Facebook for unfortunate purposes would find a way to do those things no matter the medium.  Facebook seems pretty well policed.

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sweetrinky | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM (Answer #12)

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i don't think that a social networking site can cause any kind of harm if it is used in a proper way and also i don think that there is any kind of disadvantage using it because t is we who create disadvantages by misusing it and then we blame out tools ..so it is popularly said " a bad workman blames his tools".

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junegcyr | Honors

Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM (Answer #13)

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Does Facebook cause more harm than good? 

Does Facebook cause more harm then good?

 

Facebook is great way to connect with friends and it include more benefits then disadvantages.  Nowadays, many people busy with their business, jobs and family so, they can’t get time for friends and relatives. People also don’t get time for calling their old friends. Here, Facebook is effective way to make relations strong with all friends. Some person think that Facebook increase stress just with making new friends and rejecting friends but as I think Facebook is good way to remove stress and communicate with all friends. However, long time use of Facebook may be harmful for anyone because it is waste of time and effects on health.

Facebook is great way to connect with friends and it include more benefits then disadvantages.  Nowadays, many people busy with their business, jobs and family so, they can’t get time for friends and relatives. People also don’t get time for calling their old friends. Here, Facebook is effective way to make relations strong with all friends.

Some person think that Facebook increase stress just with making new friends and rejecting friends but as I think Facebook is good way to remove stress and communicate with all friends. However, long time use of Facebook may be harmful for anyone because it is waste of time and effects on health.

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salimj | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM (Answer #14)

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Face Book itself does not cause harm. It depends on the person who uses it. It is like a knife a knife can be used to cut fruits and it can also be used to kill a person. So it depends on the person who uses it.

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shcashdan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM (Answer #15)

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Thus far, the posts have been fairly even-handed. Yes, FB negatives existed in other forms prior to FB, and if humans possessed no character flaws, they would not need social media to feed their sicknesses. The problem with FB is that it ENABLES, although the negatives enabled by texting and Tweeting probably outweigh those enabled by FB; ANY medium which provides the protection of distance enables the cowardly to attack relatively unscathed. The main problem with FB seems to be that many users, in addition to addicting to the rarified distillations of "real life" posted by other FBers [as "real" as "reality TV"], lose inhibitions which ought NOT to be lost, inhibitions which prevent gratuitous cruelty. However, TV and movies were wallowing in gratuitous cruelty and violence LONG before FB was conceived. And peer pressure is far from new. Although as a [retired] professor and as [very much present tense] involved aunt, I deplore much of what FB enables, my personal gripe concerns what OTHER media have done: anyone who blogs, watches YouTube, or merely READS online is urged to "Like" EVERTHING on FB; to "share" EVERYTHING on FB -- a few years ago, users arose en masse to berate Yahoo for thrusting its link to FB into EVERY article, regardless of a "turn off" button. I DEEPLY resent the ads which are forced onto my FB page, with their implication that I somehow endorsed them, and I have now inserted into my profile a disclaimer. [Have also done this on YouTube.] I have endorsed exactly ONE item on FB: a singer. I've made that plain as well. I find FB practices to be heavy-handed, manipulative, intrusive, and insulting. But young users, oriented so obsessively to self and to the actions/opinions of their peers, evidently find FB to be liberating. And we, as the older generation, CAN learn those vital facts which the young seem to express more readily at a computer screen than face to face.

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cgrant2 | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:01 AM (Answer #16)

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I think that facebook can be a useful of social media in the right hands. The current use of cyberbullying in school age children has caused facebook and other forms of social media to become an place where children are targets for abuse. Some teenagers view social media as an outlet to protray identities of themselves that are not true. This includes children who protrays themselves older than they are. These are great places for online predators to target children. Social media forums such as facebook are great for connecting with people and networking, but can be harmful to children to use it the wrong way. 

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astrosonu | Student | Valedictorian

Posted July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM (Answer #17)

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Yes! Littleteacher is right.

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