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Social media is to blame?

Posted: December 2, 2014 9:43 a.m.
Updated: December 3, 2014 1:00 a.m.

I can’t count how many times I have heard people say Facebook is addicting and how it (social media in general) is both a blessing and a curse. I have been told by some people that it has been a curse to them because it is addicting and they spend almost every hour of their time playing games, stalking people (online that is), being nosey and obsessively trying to find old friends and acquaintances.

Some people I know have even had the nerve to blame the failure of a relationship on Facebook. It is true that some people become addicted -- there’s no denying that -- and some people have certainly had their relationships shattered because they could not resist flirting with and starting an online fling with someone they met. However, any person who has had or is having either issue brought it on themselves. They allowed themselves to get addicted and they allowed themselves to get involved with someone online while being in a relationship with someone else. Everyone has the will and right to resist such things.

In my opinion, Facebook is a great tool for finding and reconnecting with people, as well as seeing and hearing about what friends and family members are up to. It is not, however, interesting enough to me to spend hours of my life gawking at it. I have real problems in the real world that I have to deal with, and I refuse to allow myself to get so wrapped up in Facebook or what other people are doing or saying on Facebook.

Some people become obsessed with seeing how others are living and, with the ease of access that Facebook provides, it is quite easy to do so.

Still, Facebook is not to blame for people posting all of their business, and it is not to blame for other people becoming obsessed with finding out and knowing their business. People bring the curse of becoming addicted, having their relationships ruined and having their lives possibly ruined over what they chose to post on themselves.

The intention behind Facebook and other social media websites, I believe, was to allow people to connect instantaneously and see and read about what close acquaintances and friends were doing anywhere in the world (and not have malicious intentions while seeing or hearing about those things) and vice versa. Unfortunately like many other helpful and innovative technology tools, social media websites have become instruments for negative behavior, and they get blamed for the negativity that people make the decision to use them for.

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