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Why Using Facebook Can Be Like Digital Masturbation

Article By: Phillip Lanuto III
Non-fiction



Let’s face it, if you are spending hours a day on Facebook updating your status, messaging your friends, playing games, etc. you most likely are doing it at the expense of your real life. I mean Facebook does have some value, but like many things on the Internet it can be used as a way to escape from the real world, a place to create a new world and to stimulate yourself with constant updates, games, messages, etc.


Submitted:Nov 22, 2009    Reads: 939    Comments: 0    Likes: 2   


Let's face it, if you are spending hours a day on Facebook updating your status, messaging your friends, playing games, etc. you most likely are doing it at the expense of your real life. I mean Facebook does have some value, but like many things on the Internet it can be used as a way to escape from the real world, a place to create a new world and to stimulate yourself with constant updates, games, messages, etc.

I must admit that when I first joined the site I spent a couple hours per week on it. I connected with some old friends that I hadn't seen in ages. That was pretty cool. We sent ourselves a few emails, shared a picture or two, and then the connection went pretty cold.

I also used Facebook to catch up on old girlfriends. That was also mildly entertaining for a few months. But after awhile that started to get boring too. Some of my exes are fat and others seem to have nice, normal lives. I wish them well but there's nothing there to keep me entertained.

I played a few games for awhile, but really, what's the point? It's not like you can make a living playing the games. You're sitting on your ass, playing on a computer screen for hours per day. For an older person this makes sense, but for the hundreds of millions of young people on Facebook it's a pitiful use of time. Sure, you're playing with others, but you're really not. There's no real human connection.

I know of some people who spend spend hours per day on the site. Their houses are a mess, they haven't had sex in months, and they look like a vampire that hasn't had a good drink of blood in years.

At first, it might have been hip and cool to be plugged in and updating constantly, now it's just a form of digital masturbation. And no one should be caught masturbating in public, virtual or not.





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