“The company faces pressure to protect the millions of children who lie about their age and use the site anyway. Concerns include predators and the troubling rise of cyber-bullying. But opening up to a massive new market of users won’t hurt Facebook’s business either, and that is what has privacy advocates concerned.”
What benefits would a 12-year-old, 9-year-old or 5-year-old gain from being on Facebook? Scheduling play dates? Keeping in touch after growing apart as toddlers? “Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve seen you. Have you been potty trained yet? I have. It was awful. Want to come over and watch Dora and have a couple of juice boxes?”
Besides, some parents post so many photos and videos of their children on Facebook already, it would be redundant for the children to have Facebook accounts of their own.
But unfortunately I do think allowing children under 13 on Facebook will happen. I give Mark Zuckerberg 18 months before he announces the change.
One in four women deliberately puts unflattering photographs of their friends wearing bikinis on social networking websites such as Facebook, according to a new study.
The majority of women posting the photos said they did so after falling out with their friends, while nearly a third said they were taking revenge on people who had done the same to them.
Two fifths of women also admitted deliberately posting photographs of their friends without make-up. Even when asked to permanently delete the unflattering picture from Facebook, a fifth of women said they had refused to do so.
From the story Women ‘deliberately post ugly photos of friends online’ by Emma Barnett, on the Telegraph
Facebook increases the number of ways we can be petty with one another and exacerbates every existing pettiness we’ve already got. This story exemplifies both of these effects. It’s also demonstrative of how the things we do on Facebook greatly influence, shape (and in the case, kills) relationships. This is the point I keep harping on about on this blog.
As an aside, in general, I don’t think women should post pictures of themselves or their friends in bikinis on Facebook. This is a pretty conservative view on the topic given my age and gender, but it’s tasteless, unnecessary and harmful. (It’s also pretty obvious that those posting are doing so to get more attention or tell themselves in their heads that they’re getting attention!)
Competition among women has gotten so bad because of Facebook…When one gal posts pictures of themselves in bikinis, others follow suit to show off and show up. This is harmful and can lead to lower self esteem, particularly among younger females. It’s one thing to see professional models in bikinis in magazines; it’s quite another to see someone you know pose in a bikini and think “I should be that skinny, or look that way, and share my body with the world.” My own self esteem has been dented a few times from viewing vacation photos where my friends are scantily clad.
Recent studies on Facebook causing self-esteem and body image issues:
- Facebook addicts may have lower self-esteem, says study
- Facebook may damage self-esteem
- Facebook Could Worsen Eating Disorders and Low Self-Esteem
- Facebook use may lead to low self-esteem, study says
Update 7/15/12 10:28pm: As someone pointed out, we shouldn’t really be surprised by this — after all, Facebook started out as Harvard’s “hot or not” game.
This post is a little delayed. I somehow missed this story back in February.
This is the story of how a rant about her parents on Facebook cost a disrespectful teen her laptop…
Try as she might, blocking her parents from the post on her profile was not enough.
Watch the video to hear what she posted. Skip to 7:20 of video to see how her father and his .45 responded. “Facebook parenting”, Tommy Jordan called his actions.
Regardless of how we feel about his reaction, can we blame him for how he felt after reading what his daughter wrote?
Would he have reacted the same way if he came across this in her private diary? I don’t think so.
This is what we need to realize about Facebook — that the things we say and do on Facebook impact every aspect of our lives, psyches and relationships.