Is Facebook Wasting Your Time?

By webadmin on 10:42 am Aug 10, 2011
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Brendan Rakphongphairoj

Today, as I logged onto my Facebook home page, I was welcomed by a comment that bluntly read “just dropped a deuce :).” To replace a euphemism with another euphemism, this enlightening comment refers to the action otherwise known as “taking a dump” or “going number two.”
 
My friend’s unabashed statement was subsequently “liked” and commented on over the course of the day.
 
As I pondered over the implications of this profound status update and the practicality of Facebook in general, I began to wonder: How useful are social networks and how much time should we spend on them?

I have to admit that I find myself instinctively drawn to the Web site on a daily basis. The moment my mouse cursor hovers over the address bar my fingers itch to type in “faceb …” until my mind brings some sanity back. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.



A little more investigation into my question on the practicality of Facebook brought me to work conducted by advisory service Nucleus Research, which claimed that employees using Facebook in the workplace lose an average of 1.5 percent of total employee productivity per day. This is a staggering number if we consider the market valuations of multinational corporations these days. The study also found that some employees use the site for as long as two hours during the working day.
 
Luckily, however, Facebook has a nifty “deactivate your account” button safely hidden under Account — Account Settings — Security — Deactivate Your Account. To find this snugly hidden button, I conveniently referred to the “How to Deactivate your Facebook Account” guide.
 
What is the point of social networks? To really break down this question down I’ve pieced together a logic tree that may oversimplify the site. Through this, I’m hoping to gleam some insight into what features I and others use.

 Overall, it seems that Facebook is indeed a platform with diverse functions and tools that at first is pretty cool, harmless and even quite useful. However, the real imbalance lies in the way some utilize the site and which functions they spend most their time using.



                                                                     Why
Facebook?


                                                                         Marketing

                                                                 Pages        
Groups


                                                                  Share
Information


                                                       Wall   
Info    Photos    Friends


                                            Meet
and Build Relationships with New People


                                                             Messaging
     Others

                                                                     Applications

Perhaps looking at pictures, playing games and updating one’s status takes up the major portion of Facebook usage in a disproportionate fashion. The fact that Facebook is enmeshed with business-like features such as Groups, Pages and Events may make the site more psychologically acceptable than being on a Nintendo all day long, which may create a certain guilt factor. 
Ultimately, there’s no denying that Facebook provides value to people’s lives. Judging by the vast spectrum of personas in our world, there can be no “recommended time limit” for the general population to heed. Conversely, with a number of people increasingly captivated by Facebook’s functions, it’s easy for us to get carried away flipping through an endless supply of photos or browsing countless status updates.