Has Facebook Changed the World?

In a car ride recently my daughter and I discussed how much our little town has changed over the years. She works with elderly people, some of whom have lived their entire lives in one small town. They often talk about the changes they’ve seen over the course of their lives. We have lived here for just over 20 years and agreed that the change that we’ve experienced in that time is huge.

One of the major changes is how we do life. When we first moved to a small town east of Toronto 22 years ago, Facebook was unheard of! Now it has changed our world in so many ways.

Did you know that there is an actual syndrome for those who experience depression after too much Facebook time? It’s called Facebook Depression Syndrome. “The latest issue of Pediatrics Journal warns that teens who spend significant amount of time on the social-networking site Facebook may suffer from a condition known as Facebook Depression Syndrome. With about 72% of teen (American teens) on FB, this is cause for potential concern and counseling. The problem, researchers found, was that the popular website’s constant feed of status, picture and message updates gave users a skewed view of reality, which could make vulnerable kids feel like they aren’t good enough.” http://www.talkafrique.com/issues/researchers-warn-of-facebook-depression-syndrome.



Facebook Depression Syndrome is not only for children and teens though. Recently I posted a picture of my husband trimming the vines on our house. It was spring, just after we’d planted our garden, and everything was lush and green and the picture looked beautiful. My sister, who lives in the desert, responded immediately with an envious comment. She wished she had a house like ours, a garden to tend and a beautiful house. What she didn’t see, because I chose not to post it, was the places where things are starting to fall apart. Our 70 year old house needs a lot of work and repair, but all she could see was that I had something she wanted, something that I have and she doesn’t.


On the other hand, I have had opportunity to reconnect with family members who live far away, and who I would never see in regular every-life. I’ve reconnected with cousins I hadn’t seen since I was a child and have been able to share memories of our grandparents. Friends who live far away are still able to share in joys and sorrows.

There are some startling claims made about Facebook in this  video.

The video makes some incredible claims, including the following:


· 1 in 7 people in the world are on facebook
· The average American spends 243 hours a year on Facebook
· Facebook is a factor in 1 in 3 divorces in the UK
· Un-friend is now a dictionary term, thanks to Facebook

That’s quite something, for something that was developed for a Harvard students as a “hot or not” internet game. It wasn’t until 2006 that Facebook became available to the general public! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Facebook)

What are some of the changes Facebook has made to the world? It’s changed our vocabulary, it’s changed the way we connect with people, it’s changed the way we live our life (243 hours is equal to ten full days. Many people spend a ten days a year on facebook!), it’s made connections with people who live far away a reality that regular mail could never do.

I don’t know if Facebook has made life better or not. What do you think? Has it improved your ability to stay in touch with others, or is it a way to waste time? Does it make you happy or sad to see what is going on in the lives of others?


Does Facebook make you happy?  Or does it cause depression?  Check out some incredible facts here: http://bit.ly/2gJBAKd


Facebook:  Depressing or exhilarating?  Check it out:  #facebook depression:  http://bit.ly/2gJBAKd



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