Hope is a 16-year-old high school student from Stratford, NJ. She loves reading, writing, socializing with friends and her favorite subject is English because she wants to be a writer/editor.
I honestly think that I am one of the few people I know that doesn’t have a Facebook account. I just don’t think it’s that necessary at my age. My friends who actually have Facebook accounts even say that Facebook isn’t that exciting. I understand that it can be used for networking and other useful tasks. I’m definitely not saying that Facebook is bad. When used for getting the word out on certain things, it is a very powerful tool. All I’m saying is that Facebook isn’t necessary for everyday life, even though many people think it is. Below are 5 reasons why not using Facebook may actually be a good thing.
1. All of the people who friend request you may not be your real friends.
Whenever one of my friends makes a Facebook account, I hear the same story. After she signed up, it seemed like everyone at school sent her a friend request. The bad thing about this is that most of these people only talk to her on Facebook. In public, they act like they don’t know her. I’m perfectly fine with having only real friends.
2. Creepy people may friend request you.
I’ve seen so many stories on the news, lately. A middle aged man friend requests a child as young as ten years old. The child accepts it and, then, the man send him or her creepy messages and links to dirty sites. I know that most people know better than to accept these types of friend requests, but just the thought of this happening is enough to scare me away. Plus, people even use Facebook to stalk others. If that’s not creepy, I don’t know what is.
3. It is a major distraction.
I know that, when I am on the computer, I get distracted very easily. I’m already obsessed with Youtube videos and checking my email. I don’t think I want to add another one that will distract me even more from my work. I know of friends who spend all of their time on Facebook and their grades suffer as a result of that. There are people out there who can handle doing work without being phased by distractions but if you can’t, then I wouldn’t get a Facebook account if I were you.
4. If you have a Facebook account, your computer and personal information may be at risk.
Facebook is a great place for people to spread computer viruses. All you really have to do is just click on a bad a link and a virus could make its way onto your computer. Once a virus is on your computer, it is a MAJOR pain to remove and it can also be expensive to do so. People can even steal your information. That is definitely something to think about.
5. Facebook isn’t even all that fun.
You can chat with friends. You can update your status. You can play games. You can “like” stuff. You can play more games. You can update your status again… I think you get the point. I’ve heard from friends, and witnessed myself, that there isn’t much to do. Why not use your time to do more productive things?
The Bottom line is that Facebook isn’t completely useless, but it isn’t a necessity. If you are a teen and you don’t have a Facebook account, don’t feel bad. There are many reasons why you really don’t need one at this age.