Facebook has over 1.35 billion users around the world. Such is the saturation of the social networking site that it is hard to see anyone who doesn't have a Facebook account. From kids as young as 10 to old people in their 70s, everybody uses Facebook.
Facebook Not Worth It
If somebody in today's world does not have a Facebook account, it is safe to assume that he has got a reason behind this decision to not have a presence on the world's most popular online social platform. I have come across a few people who say that they refuse to accept the society's demands to have a Facebook account. They believe that being on Facebook will not be of any benefit to them and will only result in a waste of time and energy. Thus they decide to stay off Facebook. In doing so, they are rejecting the social norm of having a Facebook account. They are rejecting Facebook to make a statement.
Is Facebook Self-Advertisement?
Others who do not use Facebook say they believe Facebook is nothing more than a way to advertise your own life to people who don't really matter. They say they are not interested in sharing their movie nights out and their relationship statuses to an audience of 500 or more friends, some of which they have not seen for years. They believe that posting and sharing updates about your own life is a meaningless way to fuel your own self esteem by getting likes and attention. They thus avoid Facebook and choose to use other ways to get in touch with people they actually care about.
Both of these people have one thing in common. They believe that Facebook is not worth their time and energy. They have decided to use other ways to get in touch with their friends and they have rejected the society's demands to have a Facebook presence. In other words, they refuse to use Facebook and in doing so, they are making a strong statement.
It is an undeniable fact that Facebook has had a profound effect on a lot of aspects of our life; none more so than on our personal relationships. Facebook was created with the idea of providing a way for people to interact. In a period of over a decade, it has grown to be much more than just that. It is not only a facilitator of relationships, but it defines personal relationships.
Reigniting Old Friendships
Most of us have a few hundred friends in our friend lists. This includes people we interact with today and also those with whom we have interacted in the past but are no longer in touch with. This means that Facebook is an excellent way to keep in touch with old friends and keep old friendships alive.
Developing New Ones
As for current friends, Facebook provides a very convenient platform to communicate, interact and have fun on. This extends our interaction time by giving us the opportunity to interact even when we are not together. With Facebook so mainstream, you can choose to spend all of your waking hours with a few people if you want to; something which would not have been possible a decade ago.
Relationships & Facebook
As far as relationships are concerned, Facebook provides us with a new way to show our partners that we care about them. A change of the display picture or a meaningful caption goes to show how you feel about your partner without being too over the top. Again, Facebook has provided means to interact with your partner when you are away and helps the two of you connect in ways not possible before. I also recommend you read Top things you should never do on Facebook when in a relationship.
The Negative Effects
All these positive effects of Facebook have helped us develop personal relationships like never before. However, it would be not be right to conclude this without discussing Facebook's negative effects. As a result of Facebook's infiltration of our lives and our time, we often do not have time to interact physically with people as often we should. Gatherings have turned into online chats and group discussions have been replaced by online video calls. This results in an unnatural way of interaction, something which should only facilitate, not replace physical contact.
Altogether, Facebook is a brilliant social interaction tool, but only if it is used to facilitate relationships, not replace existing ones.
Spending time on Facebook is a new favorite pastime. The average Facebook user spends about 40 minutes every day using Facebook. It would be okay if everyone who uses Facebook would limit his activity on the site to this amount of time. However this does not seem to be the case. A lot of the 1.35 billion users spend excessive time on Facebook which affects their lifestyle and other healthy activities. Read on and find out symptoms of FAD and learn how to treat FAD.
An American psychologist believes that this is such an important issue that he has given it a name and defined the disorder. According to him, Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) is defined as being addicted to the social networking site to such an extent that it affects your natural, healthy balance of life.
A Few Symptoms
Spending hours and hours scrolling the news feed or having a tab open on your desktop all the time while working are a couple of indicators that you have fallen prey to this disorder. Checking your phone every few minutes in the hope of a notification so that you can give yourself an excuse to open up Facebook also counts as a major symptom.
Other signs showing that Facebook has invaded too deeply into your life and inside your mind are when you observe that staying away from Facebook for some period of time has become a challenge. If you feel the urge to check in on your news feed every now and then, failing to do which results in stress and a constant botheration, you are in trouble.
Similarly, if you would rather spend time on Facebook than do the other things you used to enjoy, like playing sports or taking a walk or listening to music, it is a pretty clear signal that things are not right.
If you find yourself doing some or all of these things, then you need to sit up and take action. You need to take a long, hard look at yourself and admit to yourself that you are in a spot of bother.
How to Treat This
A good way to reduce the amount of time you spend on Facebook is by installing one of many apps available online. These apps help you keep track of your online activity. Then you can set milestones on your daily Facebook usage and reduce it step by step and see your old lifestyle returning again! Also, I recommend you read a more detailed information and instructions on how to overcome Facebook addiction here.
In Search of the Perfect Facebook Timeline Layout
When most of us first made our Facebook accounts, our profiles were called Walls. In the following years, Facebook has altered the layout of the wall over and over again and now it seems like it has finally settled on the current layout, now called the 'timeline'.
The First Walls
The early walls had a profile picture which was located on the top left hand corner. A lot of space was taken up by various tabs giving links to more info while even more space was used up by insignificant things. If you look at that layout now, it looks very archaic and dull.
Facebook then changed its layout and added a set of five photos at the top of the wall in addition to the profile photo. These pictures were designed to give the visitor an instant idea of the person's profile by showing them the most recent pictures of him. As this idea developed, many people chose to have pictures of things that interested them to decorate the top of their walls.
The Timeline Era
Then we came forward to the timeline era. The timeline layout cashes in on people's tendency to have a big, dominating photo on top of their profiles by introducing a cover photo. The profile picture stayed but the cover photo dominated the profile. The basic idea behind the timeline was for your Facebook profile to become a story of your life. A timeline in the center initially had posts on both of its sides giving a very timeline-y effect. However, it was kind of confusing so Facebook later simplified it by pushing the timeline to one side and giving us a simple straight column of posts arranged in chronological order.
The best feature of the timeline is that it utilizes every inch of space to make your profile look very beautiful. A dominating cover photo is above your profile picture and the tabs don't take up a lot of space and look bad as they once did. All the posts now focus on pictures and text is minimized to give as pretty a view as possible.
It has also become very simple to access old posts through the timeline. All you have to do is to click on 2010 and you will be immediately taken to five year old posts without having to scroll through everything in between.
The evolution of the Facebook profile has not only been very pleasing on the eye, it has also become very convenient, simple and easy to use.