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When Facebook becomes unhealthy

January 13, 2010

By Michael, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School

More and more teenagers are becoming addicted to the social networking website Facebook. My friend John is a typical example. At 14, he does not go out and interact with people. He is a Facebook junkie. He signed up a year ago and now he logs in first thing every morning before brushing his teeth.

He says Facebook puts him in touch with many people, and he has a network of some 500 friends, most of whom he has never met. It flatters him that people add him after seeing his pictures.

Facebook is his entire social life. He is always late for school and falls asleep in class.

All he thinks about is his next Facebook fix. This kind of behaviour is compulsive. He feels the need to acquire as many friends as possible and this obsession has taken over his life.

I think social networking can be an addiction like any other form of addiction – drinking, drugs or gambling.

If you are a Facebook addict like my friend and spend all your time accumulating online friends, it’s time to wake up and get a life. We should have real social networks, not imaginary ones.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 2, 2010 3:37 pm

    I absolutely agree with everything that you said. Facebook is a waste of time.

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