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Teen’s Perspective on Facebook

by Sam P. | October 12th, 2011 | Teen Perspective, Teens

Facebook — everybody has it, but do you really need it? I could see arguing for both sides, so I will.

Facebook is completely unnecessary. You see your friends all day long at school; if you want to talk to them you can call them or text them or go over their house. Why do you need to know what people are doing 24/7? I mean, did I really need to know that your dog was sitting on you or that you pulled an all-nighter? If I wanted to know what you were doing or how you were, I would ask you. Also it is a HUGE safety issue. A little while back a girl posted on Facebook about a party she was having and forgot to check her settings. Fifteen hundred people showed up and quite a few people got hurt. To read more about this click here. Nonetheless, it is stupid mistakes like that that make people think that Facebook is a pointless thing that is completely unnecessary and dangerous.

But at the same time, that was just an accident. Her settings must have gotten switched by accident, so it wasn’t her fault. Well, it was, but it was accidental. Facebook is a great way to get to know people that you may not have normally talked to at school. And, not everybody has a phone, so that’s another way to talk to your friends. Or if a friend moves and doesn’t have a phone, again you can talk to her through Facebook. When used with responsibility, Facebook isn’t that dangerous. If you are smart about what you do and what you post, it really isn’t dangerous at all. If you make sure you keep your settings on what you should (I keep it on friends of friends which means my friends and their friends can see my post and page), it becomes very easy and safe.. You just have to be intelligent about what you do on Facebook. If you are going around swearing and acting inappropriately, posting pictures of yourself making out with your girlfriend, you will get a reputation and it won’t be a good one. As I said before, you have to be wise with your postings.

I, personally, actually think Facebook is a great invention that does have its flaws just like any other invention — which is why you have to be wise about what you do, just like in life.

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