There are more than 750 million users on Facebook, with everyone posting status updates, upload images and do all sorts of other things including playing games. Facebook seems to be the best place if you want to meet your old classmates, or to out find the party going on in your neighbourhood. However, there are some very good reasons why you should avoid Facebook. Here are five reasons to support this point.
Facebook is stressful. It has been found in a survey conducted in the Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland that the higher the number of friends you have on Facebook, the higher are your chances of getting stressed out. While the non-stressed out users had an average of 75 friends each, those who displayed signs of stress had an average of more than 120 friends.
Facebook is addictive. It is a habit for Facebook users to leave their computer or mobile phone on for the whole day. They keep checking constantly to know what their friends, strangers and favorite celebrities are doing. This affects their work and education, their sleep, their family life and much more. It has been warned by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University that individuals who make excessive use of social networking sites are more likely to get addicted to dangerous behaviors. The study conducted by the center says that teenagers who use Facebook excessively have a 5 times the chance of using alcohol, tobacco and marijuana as compared to their peers who use Facebook marginally.
Facebook makes oversharing of your information. The concept of social media is to share your information, feelings, thoughts and events. You will find it difficult to remember the number of people with whom you shared anything. Even though there are privacy settings to control your information, but the default setting is public. Savvy technical thieves can collect your personal information such as your address, contact number, your mother’s maiden name, names of your friends and family members. They can use your information to steal your identity.
Facebook can help thieves find out your location. Especially if you are using location sites like foursquare and sharing it with Facebook, you are going to share your schedule with your friends as well as with thieves.
Facebook can reveal unwanted information about you. Today, more than 50% of employers search online for information on the applicants who apply with them for jobs. And, with almost everyone being on Facebook, it is the first choice for employers to know more about you. And, more than 50% of employers who searched online for applicant information said that they found inappropriate and provoking information and pictures on the profiles of their potential employees. 35% of the employers found unkind remarks for previous employers and even for co-workers.
With all these 5 reasons giving clear reasons not to use Facebook, if you still have to use this social networking site, make sure that you properly use the privacy controls. However, Facebook is always going to pose a threat to your privacy, your stuff and career.