After skipping my three-day a week work-out for the past couple of weeks for one reason or another, I finally found myself out the gym again. I hopped on a treadmill and started my usual regimen of cardio. I’m sure at this point you’re wondering what that has to do with Facebook and the question as to whether or not it can ruin families, but stay with me on this one. As I was going along on the treadmill I found myself checking my Facebook, which isn’t unusual, but it got me to thinking. People seem to praise Facebook quite a bit as it connects people to their family that may live across the country or even the world and allows them to keep in touch with old friends. But what about the dark side of Facebook, what about the negative effects it can have on those who use it and their relationships with others?
If you think about it, Facebook can be very detrimental to anyone’s relationship, whether with friend or significant other. People don’t often think before they post a status or picture, or so I’ve noticed which can certainly lead to some trouble. For example, you tell a friend a white lie about not being able to go out because you’re sick in bed and then a few hours later you post a status about how you’re out with another friend. How do you think that makes the person you blew off feel? I’m guessing it’s not a good feeling.
But is hurting one’s feelings only scratching the surface of a potential problem? Facebook could potentially break apart families or be a source of bullying for example. It amazes me how many stories I’ve heard of people being bullied on Facebook and no one being able to do anything about it for one reason or another. Looking at breaking families and relationships apart, Facebook can create a lot of jealousy amongst couples. Your significant other gets a new Facebook friend and suddenly they’re not only posting on one another’s walls, they’re suddenly neighbors on The Ville—a popular Facebook game. Jealousy begins to bubble in the pit of your stomach, which may or may not lead to fighting and the potentially to a break-up or separation of a married couple.
What about families? How can it destroy them? Like I said previously, some people don’t think before they speak, or post in this instance. I’ve heard of families breaking apart because of one post someone made about another family member, maybe revealing something that the family member didn’t want others to know about such as a separation. Or maybe because a family member decided to air their dirty laundry with another family member in this public arena, which caused other family members to get involved and maybe even split the family in half—taking sides.
Facebook has a lot of positives, but sometimes I don’t think people realize how much negativity can come from it. It’s not always a safe environment and it can destroy relationships and even families. Let me turn it over to you, readers.
What are you opinions on Facebook? Can it destroy families or am I reaching a little too far? Share your experiences.Photo Credit: Dave Rutt
Posted on August 1, 2012 by Felicia