- Liam Dillon
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Is Facebook a proverbial purgatory for teens and adolescents?
It's a story that doesn't need much explaining. We've all seen the explosion of popularity for social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and the like. There's no denying that these websites provide a great platform for people to communicate and get in touch with each other, but do they also have an uglier side? A side that drains hours on end of teenage recreational time, that otherwise might have been spent on exercise or study?
Here's an interesting anecdote to consider; As an 18 year old university student, you can understand that facebook is a fairly constant figure in my social life. However, towards the end of my senior year of high school, I decided that I was spending too much time on facebook and away from the books. As such, I decided to put my account on hold until the term was out and I'd completed my tests. After a week or so, it had become obvious that I was almost totally disconnected from nearly all social going ons (excluding what happened at school of course). I even had people sending me texts asking if I was alive. After another week, I caved in to pressure and returned to facebook.
I think this tale highlights just how dominant social networking has really become. I think to an extent there is an immense pressure on teens, who are at a critical age for social connection, to remain plugged in, lest they become isolated from their peers.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, so please don't hesitate to comment.