The Communication Behind Facebook

Since Facebook’s launch in 2004, it has been one of the most controversial means of communication.

Modern teens are specifically targeted as being especially technologically evolved in the sense that they are unable to communicate in any other way.

I can personally cite many examples where people have advised me to not mention “u” or “r” in an email meant for a professor. Personal annoyances aside, I do feel that social networking sites such as Facebook have united our society in an interesting way.

 Hitting “like” or typing the letters “lol” have become our new way of revealing our affection. I bet most of us have had moments where we want to share something—an emotion, a fleeting moment, a certain incident and no one seems to be available.

Such situations are becoming increasingly common as our “To Do” lists keep expanding. Amidst such a busy life, social sites such as Facebook allow us to share our thoughts with our close friends, family members and essentially all of those people whom we interact with on a daily basis.

If anything, posting a status update on Facebook at least makes us feel satisfied that we attempted to share our thoughts with someone. The more “likes” and comments our statuses and photographs receive, the more content we feel.

Also, Facebook allows us to maintain successful long distance relationships with those family and friends who we are not able to see often. It keeps both parties updated on each other’s life events and wellbeing.

Looking at others’ photographs also makes us feel more close to the person despite the physical distance.

Facebook is an excellent means of communication for everyone. If operated appropriately, it can prove to be extremely beneficial. Spending a little bit of time on such a website can make one feel connected to his or her family, friends and even the rest of the world.

As an offspring of the technological era, do I feel that communication via Facebook should replace the conventional face-to-face discussions? Absolutely not.  The communication skills that one learns from having an actual discussion are truly invaluable.

However, having other faster means of communication is not necessarily perilous to our social health. It is simply a more efficient method of interaction. As an appropriate end note, don’t forget to like the official Outlook page on Facebook!