The creation of Facebook is believed to unite groups in the early
adult demographic. Today though, many people with Facebook pages
find themselves straying to the site as they are trying to be
proactive in their school work. A person may go in with the best
intensions of writing a paper or studying. But the lure of
Facebook seems to lead a lot of college students, as well as high
school students, into an escape.
So what is the fascination with Facebook that drives so many students away from real triumph in conquering their actual goals?
It could be what Facebook offers in replacement. The idea that you can connect with any person, no matter how far away, at a drop of a hat. You may see someone on a Facebook chat that you feel inclined to talk to. To those of us that do not have a Facebook, Facebook chat is a type of instant messaging.
The appeal could also lie in the idea once mentioned to me, you can post anything on Facebook and immediately everyone connected to your Facebook as a "friend" can read about it. This can be appreciated on both sides. On one side, you may want everyone see how much fun you had on a crazy Saturday night or how wonderful you looked at your prom. On the other side, you could be curious of what someone is doing at the time. I have friends on my Facebook that I haven't spoken to in years. All of their information and pictures are open to whoever their friends are. All the embarrassing pictures, the exposing personal posts about themselves, and messages posted between that person and their friends.
Point Park University student, Sarah Bell said, "I don't know how it happens sometimes. I know that I have to finish my work. I am usually half way done with my paper and I think 'I'm going to check my Facebook.' That's where it's all down hill. I could be on there for hours. In the end I don't know what I'm looking at."
Facebook and other social-networking profiles, including Myspace and Twitter, have become such a big part of society today that many organizations are using the sites as background checks for members. According to The Phillipian, a survey done by Kaplan Inc. found that 10 percent of colleges check college applicants' social-networking profiles. This affects the decision of whether or not the school will allow the person into their college.
This has not even touched upon the gaming aspect of Facebook.
When you are a member of Facebook you have the option to play
games where you can do anything from protecting your make-believe
Mafia to up keeping an entire make-believe farm. People become so
connected with these games that they will plan their day around
making sure they can come back to "harvest their crops."
From time to time I look around at the computer activity in some of my classes. I often notice multiple computer screens filled with the familiar page layout and style of Facebook.
The question I ponder from time to time is, does Facebook control the way we think or does Facebook fuel our need to constantly network and connect to human beings in a rapid globalizing society?
Whatever the answer may be, Facebook and other social-networking sites do not seem to be disappearing any time soon. The goal of many pupils is to balance the use of these networks with the student's need to finish school work.