Mirror on the wall, who is the popular one of all? Well, surveys have shown that Facebook is the American’s favorite social network. On average, a person spends about 40 minutes every day on social networks. That is 20 hours per month. Is it worth it?
It is common knowledge that Facebook is part of everyone’s daily lives. It has taken over other social networks and it is still the first choice in U.S. homes. Dethroning other media sites, recent reports have shown that not only Facebook is present everyone’s life, but Twitter, LinkedIn or Instragam are gaining rapid numbers.
However, it has been stated that Facebook reached “critical mass’’ in the United States and anyone can see the figures proving that statement. Facebook still remains the most popular social media network and its membership levels have remained quite constant.
Moreover, even adults over sixty choose Facebook as their main social network. Although it began expanding within adolescents, now parents, even grandparents grew fonder of this network. Because of that, some teenagers believe that Facebook is out of date since parents have it, others consider it a must-have even if they do not like it as much. Still, Facebook did not lose yet its young population. However, they are drawn to other fashionable sites such as Instagram.
Furthermore, Pew Research Center’s Internet Projects Surveys show that Americans use other social sites as well. While Facebook has been the leader, other social sites have increased their membership numbers. For example, Instagram has increased on all demographic levels by nine percent. More importantly, LinkedIn has also increased by almost fifty percent. This shows that sharing information between users with college education has grown to be popular.
On the other hand, the frequent usage of Facebook has proved to have some effects. In undergraduate students, their self-esteem has considerably lowered. Why is that? Well, it is harder to recover from a breakup when everyone else seems to be a constant reminder. Also, there is a tendency to compare personal life with others’ life through notifications or check-ins.
Among students with a few more years of experience, Facebook has helped them better adjust to social life. However, an awful downside to using Facebook is that it tends to create a narcissistic feature in every user in comparison to people who do not use it. The journal Computers in Human Behavior published that among narcissism, Facebook produces stress which can cause damage to the heart.
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