May 142012

Anyway you look at it, Facebook has revolutionized daily life. Can you imagine what your day would be without checking Facebook? The thought is unthinkable for so many people who are hooked in and constantly updating the status. It’s changed the way we interact with friends, altered how we share our lives, and provided a great way to share pictures. But for all the good that Facebook is done, it’s not all positive. There have been horror stories related to Facebook usage, and friendships that have been forever damaged because of it. You might not realize it, but it might be causing you a lot of stress in your life. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that Facebook can affect you negatively.

Friends who Aren’t Friends – there’s a lot of pressure to be friends with people who you barely know. A lot of people build up huge friends lists filled with mere acquaintances or people they’ve only met once. Under normal circumstances, we don’t usually come into contact with so many people. But now anyone who’s a friend of a friend has access to your life, and that’s not always a positive thing. Have you ever felt pressure to wish someone a happy birthday who you didn’t particularly like? That’s just one of the byproducts of being friends with people who aren’t actually friends.

Timeline – the new timeline feature has caused a lot of stress for a variety of reasons. For one, you can’t choose to opt out of it. Not everybody wants to share their history or have every moment of their Facebook career tracked. A lot of people also miss the old way of doing things – and they can’t go back.

Getting Tagged – is there anything worse than getting tagged in a photo that you don’t want to be tagged in? This happens all the time and you can’t do much about it. Sure you can send an uncomfortable e-mail requesting that the photo be changed. But it’s always such an awkward thing to approach someone with this request.

Undeletable Pictures – Facebook is a great reflection of what’s happening now, but you need to remember that it can have long-lasting impacts. What might seem like a cute or funny photo can come back to haunt you years from now. There are plenty of people who have experienced extreme stress because of photos they wish they could delete. Sometimes even when these photos have been taken off your account, they’re still available somewhere because of the nature of the Internet.

Nosy Employers – you might not realize it, but potential employers are using Facebook as a resource more than ever. This can cause a great deal of stress when you’re not able to land that job because of your Facebook page. Even worse, you’ll never know because the employers won’t tell you that’s the real reason. You need to be very careful about what you share with the world because it can affect your job status.

Competition – one element that causes stress on Facebook is an unhealthy degree of competition. Admit, aren’t you trying to show off your life a little bit? It can be hard to maintain an image especially when your friends are trying to do the exact same thing. And what’s it all for anyways? Is it really healthy to present an image of yourself that doesn’t reflect the real you?

Endless Discussions – there are a lot of people who engage in discussions about various topics on Facebook. For example, maybe a friend posts an article discussing some political event. And for the next two days, there are dozens of comments from various people are doing the same point repeatedly. Does anything ever get solved? You can spend hours trying to argue your point, but it’s all a waste of time in the end.

Less Real Face time – studies have already been contacted about the nature of Facebook and how it affects us personally and socially. There’s a real danger when people are hooked to interacting over the Internet. It cuts down on spending real time with people, and this isn’t a healthy thing. Take a look at this article about how using Facebook has been linked to a risk of cancer. It might be a bit far-fetched, but some of the basic points are sound.

You’re Always on Stage – no one is ever really themselves on Facebook. You’re always trying to put the best foot forward, and that’s a difficult thing to maintain. Even worse, some people can get a mistaken idea of who you are despite how careful you present yourself. In the history of human existence, we’ve never been so exposed before. Some of it is our own doing, and sometimes it’s because of others.

Surprise, you’re addicted – one of the biggest causes of Facebook related stress is becoming addicted, and it’s more common than you may think. While it might not be as serious as a so-called “legitimate addiction” to some kind of substance, studies have shown that Facebook can stimulate certain areas of the brain in much the same way. Apparently, sharing pictures and telling the world about your life is one of the most addictive aspects of the site. Does that sound like a healthy thing to you?

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