If you have not already read the article detailing the first five dangers of Facebook, I would encourage you to read it before you read this article.
I do not claim to have an exhaustive knowledge of Facebook; in fact, I still consider myself a rank amateur! I’m not even one week old on FB yet… Having said that, I’ve been alert to and concerned about social media for a while.
And social media can be used in such a wonderful way! Just be sure to pack the parachute. Be obsessive about it. Have fun jumping from 10,000 feet! Know where the ripcord is. Pull it when necessary.
Believe it or not, there is actually a label for Facebook addiction: FAD “Facebook addictive disorder”!
How easily the habits of our lives become the masters of our lives! Remember that it is not Facebook itself that is addictive; it is human passion that drives its use in our lives. What that passion is for some people might not be what it is for others.
One facebook addict might be horribly chained to insecurity about his own self-image. Not finding his validation in God, he posts endlessly and trolls incessantly to find little crumbs of self-worth in the comments of others or the number of likes he received or… It’s really quite sad.
Another might be addicted to one of the vices about which we have already spoken, like gossip or busybodying. Knowing about and sharing with others the negatives in the lives of people gives her an inflated view of herself and becomes a dark addiction.
Facebook gaming becomes addictive as some spend countless hours playing, often by spending money (or unwisely using their Facebook influence) to “win.” The truth is, nobody wins by spending long and addictive hours gaming one’s life away.
Paul’s testimony bears relevance: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are notexpedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Cor. 6:12)
The lure of a make believe life becomes more attractive than working on the relationships that really do exist. The medium of Facebook allows people to define themselves in selective ways. Facebook becomes the prime vacation spot for the alter ego. One’s thought process might become, “Let me connect with and impress the people I knew 20 years ago while I disconnect from and ignore the people I’m responsible for today.”
With the increasing need to “stay up to speed” with all of one’s social media friends, a person can become woefully disconnected from the real world in which he lives.
8. Unhealthy relationship building.
The breakdown of appropriateness between the genders often takes place through the use of words. Yes, just words. Consistent compliments, comments, and “likes” from another man or woman can sometimes erode otherwise safe barriers. Just be careful.
Sometimes the problem is that we view Facebook as being innocuous. How can a relationship compromise begin or be fertilized through social media? Easily. And all too often. Autopsies of tragedies of this kind generally reveal the same cause of death. The progression sometimes looks like this: (1) lot of chatting (2) online flirting (3) private messaging—exclusivity (4) real life rendezvous.
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor. 10:12
9. Identity theft/ stalkers
Bad people prey on the innocent, weak, and naïve. Facebook is full of all three. Often people share way too much personal information, making it easy for savvy thieves and those with even more nefarious intentions to victimize Facebook users.
Internet expert Joan Goodchild shared on the “Early Show on Saturday Morning” five dangers to which Facebook users expose themselves, probably without being aware of it: (1) your information is being shared with third parties. (2)Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign. (3) Facebook ads may contain malware. (4) Your real friends unknowingly make you vulnerable. (5) Scammers are creating fake profiles.
Many resources are available on this subject. Google it. Read a few. You’ll be flabbergasted at just how much information Facebook has compiled about you and your habits, which brings me to my last point for now:
10. Permanent record of your behavior
What you post doesn’t go away. Ever. It’s there in some remote solar system out there in cyberspace. Jackie Burrell of About.com Guide suggested the following concerns. This article selection is from several years ago, but its information is just as relevant, if not more, today:
Facebook and college admissions: It’s a bad idea to post dicey photos or racy prose on social networking sites, no matter how private teens may think they are. According to a 2008 Kaplan study, one in 10 college admissions officers routinely check out college applicants’ Facebook and MySpace pages. And some 38% of them found posts and pictures that reflected poorly on those prospective students. It wasn’t even necessarily that they’d posted provocative or hard partying photos. In some cases, students had simply written disparagingly about the campuses they toured.
Grad school and careers: Business and medical school admissions officers surf social networking sites in even greater numbers than their undergrad brethren. So do prospective employers, none of whom are impressed by posts that holler “Par-tay! Woo hoo!”
Fellow students: It’s not just admissions officers doing the surfing. Some upper classmen at the University of Redlands were so incensed by partying comments made by several incoming freshmen on the Redlands Facebook group site, they showed the posts to college officials. College administrators said they called the teens’ parents a few weeks before school began to have a little talk.
Courtroom consequences: Unfortunate Facebook postings can have serious legal repercussions too. One of the first things attorneys do with a new case is search online for information about plaintiffs, defendants and witnesses alike. In one Rhode Island case, a 20-year-old’s drunk driving accident, which severely injured another youth, could have resulted in a relatively light stint at county jail or the considerably more severe state prison. But, as the prosecutor in the case quickly discovered, two weeks after the accident, while his victim was still in the hospital, the youth posted photos on Facebook of himself at a Halloween party, prancing around in a prisoner costume. He was sentenced to two years in state prison.
Child pornography charges: Posting or sending photos of oneself or friends in scanty clothing or sexually suggestive poses may be a popular pastime among the younger set, but if any of the people posing are under 18, the practice may result in child pornography charges. There were several such cases in 2008, including an Ohio 15-year-old who was charged with child pornography after sending nude cell phone images of herself to friends. At the time, officials in Licking County considered charging recipients of those images as well. It’s one thing to be charged with sending or receiving child pornography as a minor, but those charges in adult court may carry not only prison time, but a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.
Source: Consider This