Posted by Laura Jordan
How many times a day do you check Facebook? Can you even guess? Since its founding in 2004, Facebook has slowly taken over our Internet lives. The social networking giant is used for more than 700 billion minutes a month worldwide.
It comes as no surprise that social networking affects our behavior, right? That doesn’t mean it isn’t a little bit scary, though. The Social Times recently posted this editorial – a teenager’s view about the way that social media and online interactions affect real-life communication.
The 17-year-old author, Amy Summers, says that she’s concerned for her generation. “… Social networking is having an impact on the social skills of today’s youth… [I] am worried about the effect it will have for my friends and peers.”
The Facebook Project takes an in-depth look at what Facebook means, socially. The project was initially established as a graduate sociology project by Jeff Ginger at the University of Illinois – and it has grown to include a network of researchers that want to understand just how Facebook changed and continues to change our lives.
Can you imagine living in a world without Facebook? Does social media change the way that you get your news, or discuss it? Are you also worried about the way people interact now? Are people too distant? Are they not private enough?