Face book, Changing Generations One Friend Request at a Time

12 Jan

Are you one of the people who spend over 700 billion minutes on Face book per month? If not, then maybe you are one of the 200 million users who access Face book from their mobile phones. When first developed, Face book was a website created as a hobby for high school and college students in order to keep them connected. As the website and brand expanded it has not only become the second largest social networking site behind MySpace, but also a site not merely just for teens and young adults but also children. Researchers say that a growing number of children are flouting age requirements on social networking sites and creating accounts. Everyone look out– let the friend request begin.

Teens and young adults are no longer the only one’s taking on Face book as a hobby and enjoying daily status updates, photo-tagging, and wall post; their kids and siblings are too. Many college students log on to Face book in free time only to find that their younger brother or sister has written on their wall or commented on their status and for many of them this “universal” Face book is not something they are happy about.

“When I was 10 I didn’t have a Face book and neither should my sister,” said avid Face book user Michael Hamilton. “ I have 57 friend request just sitting for a reason. My younger siblings friends, people from church, my parents friends. It’s not just a problem of children but adults as well; both have the ability to browse my page and get in my business.”

Although many adults don’t see the purpose of children and adolescents having Face book profiles, many of them are using it to do what they would do anyway—play games and send messages to their friends.

“I have a Face book so I can talk and connect to people,” said middle school student CJ Jones. “I like to get in touch with my friends from elementary school that I have not talked to in a while. My entire class has a Face book, we chat and play games.”

A concern by scientist and therapist is that pre-adolescent use of Face book could lead to Internet addiction in the future and be damaging to their relationships and their brains. On, the contrary some scientist disagree stating that children today have spent their entire lives on computers, their brains are better adapted than those of adults to integrate online activities with their offline lives.  With updates and new advancements of technology and the interaction of young people and computers, social networking sites seem to be something that will only grow and become more attainable for all ages.

Many teens and young adults of Generation X were born with the creation of the Internet. This generations opportunities to explore social networks were far and few in comparison to what is now offered.  While the “universal” Face book may be an inconvenience for them, it is something that researchers say may inevitably be beneficial and make youngsters more sociable in the future. As children and adolescents continue to join the masses of the Face book’s 500 active users, there is not much to do but to put them on Face book’s “limited profile” or embrace it.

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