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article imageOp-Ed: Facebook, America's place to go senseless

By Timothy Whitt     Oct 7, 2013 in Internet
Facebook was created on the campus of Harvard University in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and others to help them communicate with their friends. The site immediately became a social networking sensation.
Today 35 million people create over 55 million status updates on Facebook. There are over 900 million objects with which people interact including pages, events, groups and community pages.
Facebook has given people the ability to connect with other people and expand their world far beyond the boundaries of the four walls of their house or their handheld devices. Over one billion pieces of content is shared each month on Facebook.
While most of the content is harmless banter, there are those on Facebook who seem to have lost their common sense. These are the people who carry out in a public forum on Facebook what is better left for private conversation, like bouts of boss bashing, trashing an ex, bragging about some not so smart escapade or barely legal event or creating timelines which include information about their lives which people don't want or need to know.
Why do people do it? Why do people throw common sense out the window when it comes to posting information on Facebook?
According to Donna Flagg in her article, Top Five Therapeutic Effects of Facebook, it's all about psychological healing. People use Facebook as a place to purge themselves or gather some self-esteem. Facebook is their place of healing.
Whatever the reason people post what they do on Facebook, there needs to be some etiquette involved. A moment of, "wait should I post this or not?"
Michael Poh, in his article, Essential Facebook Etiquette: 10 Dos and Don’ts, says, there is no such thing as hard and fast rules for spontaneous social interactions because they are ever-changing. Poh's article gives five do's and five don't's for people who use Facebook, which he encourages people, "apply them as you deem fit!"
In the end Poh says, each person needs to respect the, publicness of Facebook to protect" their privacy and at the same time respect the fact that each one of us forms part of the Facebook experience of everyone else.
In other words use a little common sense when posting on Facebook. Remember Facebook is not really an anonymous site, any number of the wrong people, like the boss, can read what is posted.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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