2.6 million minutes spent on Facebook each day – we are wasting our lives!
Facebook, we all know, is the ultimate tool for procrastination, but is it entirely pointless? Don’t we need a period of relaxation in our overly hectic scheduled lives? Or are we all going just a poke too far?
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In today’s economic climate our obsession with Facebook is bad for business.
With our economy heading into (depending on whom you believe) either a recession or a long-term depression, we cannot afford to have workers idling away their days on Facebook. Of course, this is not denying the importance of the lunch hour, or breaks throughout the day. However, since our leaders seem to feel this battle against changing global economic circumstances requires fighting with "every weapon at its disposal", we need to consider the cost of our addiction in the workplace.
This argument presupposes that those who go on facebook are wasting time and that people who are not on facebook at work are being productive. In mentioning the recession, it is relevant to point out that those who are responsible for the recession are those top level bankers. Their bad work was not due to being on facebook but by being greedy. Perhaps by going on facebook people will realise the importance of socialising instead of personal greed.
In addition, facebook is a business. It generates money. There are sponsors, advertisers, application managers, and let us not forget that the owners of facebook have to pay to maintain their servers. So the time we spend on facebook whilst at work is reinvested into the economy and so is good for business.
There is more to life than altering our statuses.
There can be little doubt that there is much to do in the UK. From long walks in the countryside to visiting museums and galleries, watching local or top-flight sport and so on, there is so much more to do than change our Facebook status from ‘Nick is bored’ to ‘Nick is worried about whether or not he has clean socks!’
Yes, this is true, there is more to life, that is why we only spend 2.6 million minutes a day on facebook collectively and not 100% of our time. Going place costs money, socialising costs money, but not on facebook. Instead of paying for a cup of coffee to catch up with your friends all you have to do is scroll through their statuses and see who is up to what. It is a free way of keeping in touch with old friends. In fact, it enables us to have more time to do other things in life as we can quickly keep in contact with friends rather than going to see them all individually.
Last point, I happen to think it is fun and rewarding to sum up your life in one sentence. It gets people to really think, most people will not write something mundane. Such out of the box thinking and creativity should be encouraged.
Facebook achieves nothing.
Unlike other activities used for procrastination (haven’t we all compulsively checked the BBC news?) there is no benefit to our hours spent online. We haven’t learnt anything about the world around us from scanning through an old acquaintances groups or reading their wall apart from realising that they can’t spell ‘definitely’. Facebook is the ultimate brain rot.
Facebook can be whatever you want it to be. If you want to relax, you can simply look through friends profiles. However, if you want to spend your time doing something more productive and high minded you can! Often detective work can be completed on facebook, piecing together bits of conversations on walls, looking through photos to try and catch someone out. Applications can also be added which stimulate more mental activity. Word games are the most obvious example. So whilst some may use Facebook as "brain rot", not everyone should be tarred with the same brush.
Facebook Is The Product Of a Recession
Facebook Is The Product Of a Recession
Facebook is not just used to pass time during a recession. Many small businesses use Facebook pages to advertise. With so many people using Facebook, there is a high likelihood that a well managed, attractive-looking Facebook Business Page will receive a lot of hits. Users with existing Business Pages can also create adverts on Facebook. Innovative ideas and good entrepeneural skills are important in a recession where the success of a business isn’t guaranteed.
~ this got put under the wrong section, can someone move it into the ‘anti’ section for me? sorry about that
Facebook is the most efficient way to keep in touch with large groups of people.
Without Facebook it would be much more difficult, and involve more ‘wasted’ minutes, keeping in touch with others. The advantages of creating an ‘event’ rather than simply emailing friends who might accidentally delete the organising email or, more likely, simply ‘lose’ it in their inbox, are numerous. Apart from the ease in finding the important information about an event, there is the advantage to the user that there are no irritating chain emails clogging up the inboxes of the people invited! Far from being a ‘waste of time’, therefore, Facebook is actually a time saver.
It may be the most efficient way to keep in touch with large groups of people, but there is nothing to suggest that keeping in touch with large groups of people is an efficient way to spend one's life.
Most time spent on Facebook is not catching up with old friends and networking, rather it is looking through pictures and reading others' walls, which whilst enjoyable is not productive.
Our lives are overly regulated; we need some time to relax.
Perhaps Facebook is a waste of time, but we deserve a few moments to relax in what is often a long and tiring day. In Britain we work an average of around 40 hours a week, resulting in us having the longest hours in Europe. Moreover, an ICM poll from 1999 showed that 26% of workers claimed to have fallen ill as a result of workplace stress. Surely we are owed some time to enjoy on our own?
There are much more easier and more fun ways to relax. Then Facebook
Facebook helps strengthen relationships
We all know that Facebook ‘friends’ aren’t necessarily the people that we want to hold our hair when we’re ill, stay with us in the hospital delivery room or be our best man or maid of honour when we get married. Nonetheless, keeping in touch with the more peripheral members of our friendship group can be tremendously rewarding and, indeed, prevent them from being lost forever. Even with our ‘real’ friends, Facebook is a strengthening force. I cannot be the only one who has used Facebook to send a ‘how are things?’ message to someone travelling who didn’t have the facility to receive texts or letters but could check their email.
If they are your friends why cant it be face to face or on skype and the phone
What do you think?