18 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
THE INDEPENDENT | Ashland | Kentucky
“ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK? WHAT ARE FACEBOOK’S POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES?”
EDITORIAL CATEGORY, GRADES 7-9 DIVISION
Facebook By Kara Coldiron
In a world where technology
plays a huge role in the way people
communicate, most people have a
Facebook, including myself. I do
think Facebook is a beneﬁcial social media site, but it also has its
drawbacks. Facebook is a free,
quick and easy way to reconnect
with friends, but do people really
talk in person anymore? People
ﬁnd it easier to type a message
behind a computer screen versus
calling someone on the phone or
meeting them in person to renew
their friendship. In addition to
this, how do you really know who
you’re talking to? Anyone with
access to the Internet can make
a Facebook under any name, age
and sex and also upload deceiving photographs. Therefore, you
must be extremely careful when
choosing who to share your personal information with.
Next, Facebook comes with
many virtual games, such as
Farmville, that everyone with a
Facebook knows becomes addicting. Children, teens and adults
may spend hours
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Teacher: Leanne Coldiron
takes time away from people getting physical activity, children
doing homework and spending
time with family and friends.
Although they may be entertaining, these games should
only be played for a reasonable amount of time.
Finally, Facebook is an
easy way for bullying to occur. Many cases of cyberbullying take place daily. With
people being able to hide their
identity, it may also be hard to
ﬁnd the bully. This act takes
place more with children, but
can also occur with adults.
Cyber-bullying is something
that should be taken very seriously.
As you can see, Facebook
packs many positive and
negative effects. When used
in the correct way, it can be
a great way to reconnect with
friends and play games, but
make sure to stay grounded
with the real world.