July 15, 2010

The facebook phenomenon

Youth on Facebook/Chloé Terrace

Facebook is a social networking website launched in February 2004 and it was founded by Mark Zuckerberg when he is attending Harvard as a sophomore. In Facebook, users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information and other personal information. Also, communicating with friends and other users can be done through private or public messages or a chat feature.

We asked Lyne (14) France, Magdalini (14) Greece, Franca (13) Germany, Skyler(14) & Lexis (14) USA and Axu (22) Finland, some questions about Facebook:

1.How often do you go on Facebook?
Almost everyday.
2.How many time do you spend on Facebook
Maybe 30 minutes every time.
3.What are you doing on Facebook?
Watch our friend’s wall send messages, watch photos, check out groups and notifications, answer comment’s, play games and chat with our friends.
4.What are you going when you are not on Facebook?
Everything else: we go to School or go out with friends, ride horse or bicycle, draw, write, cook, eat and sleep.
5.Do you think Facebook is good or bad? Why?
Facebook is good because we can communicate with people we don’t see everyday and it helps to create global Friendship…But it’s also bad because there is no privacy and people can easily have informations about us, and many people get addicted by Facebook.
6.What is your opinion on Facebook? Advantages and Disadvantages?
The Advantages are that we can keep contact with friends, who are living in other countries, but it’s too open and everybody can see our wall and our photos.

We have also the opinion from Sarrai and Franzi concerning Facebook:
Sarai(35) from Mexico:

I think Facebook is a very useful and fun tool but you need to know how to use it. You need to be very careful what kind of information you are sharing with the community. Franzi(25) from Germany:

I think Facebook is a really important medium for globalization and international understatement. It is a good medium to stay in contact with people from all over the World. For using Facebook it’s really important to know who are the real and the Facebook friends.
Finally we can say that Facebook is a really useful tool because it helps people to communicate with friends and family and to know about them. With Facebook you can keep in touch with people who are far away from you and spend some time, albeit virtual, with them. Also, this website it’s fun and entertaining because of the games, photos, etc that it has. On the other side, Facebook can be really dangerous. There are more than 400 million users who are the main target of hackers, and other people with bad intentions. In Facebook you share your personal data with everybody and it can be really dangerous.

Text by Christi Ho Ting Kwan(HK-14), Chloé Terrace(France-14), Maria de la Lama(Mexico-13), Irene Velluti(Italy-14)

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