Facebook, which began as a way to connect students at Harvard, now has a population greater than most countries. The site has become a staple in the lives of many of its 600 million members. It is where people store and share photos, plan and organize events, communicate with the people in their lives. It's become a hub for news and link/video sharing. It's a marketing tool, a place to promote one's business and professional endeavors.
It is also ruining our lives.
Oh, sure, sometimes it seems innocent enough. Sign onto Facebook, visit a Friend's Farm. Poke a few Pals. "Like" everybody's everything. Share the vapid details of your morning commute. What's the harm?
Look, we can't all view the world through rose-colored laptop screens. So we here at Internet Evolution have taken the lead and determined the 10 Ways Facebook Is Destroying Our Lives.
If you think that's a scary premise, consider this: We only stopped at 10 because we got tired and hungry – and because we needed to get back to catching up on all of the Facebook Newsfeed updates we missed while we were writing.
From the fact that Facebook is a flowing faucet of data to everyone from advertisers to the FBI, to the many worrying ways Facebook is blurring the lines between professional and personal – and possibly ensuring that having a career in the future is going to be harder than it's ever been before – there is a lot to be fearful of, where everyone's favorite social network is concerned.
There's little indication that Facebook is disappearing anytime soon, so in the meantime the best we can do is make ourselves aware of the many ways life (as we know it) is changing for the worse with every status update, picture, and link we post. So click through the following 10 pages, and afterwards, if you aren't too busy rocking back and forth in a puddle of your own sweat and tears, be sure to tell us on the boards below what you think and what we missed.
And feel free to share this link on Facebook... if you dare.
— Nicole Ferraro, Site Editor, Internet Evolution
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