According to google Facebook has more than 2.45 billion users around the world. Facebook has changed the way we interact and socialize with other people.
Facebook is not only a social media platform, there are also many other features in Facebook like marketplace, groups, pages and many more. So, it is very important to discuss about the pros and cons on using this social network.
Facebook helps in making friends and share your day-to-day life events with your friends. You can also have updates on what your friends are doing in their life.
This helps in maintaining connections with your friends for a long time. Even after many years you can contact your childhood friend with just a single message.
Users also get options to mark themselves safe during times of disaster like floods or earthquake.
At the same time Facebook also allows strangers to send unsolicited messages to people. This in-turn leads people to get scammed or harassed.
This is the major concern for Facebook users for a long time. Facebook has been caught in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, through which more than 87 million users data has been compromised. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has also imposed a $5 billion dollar fine to solve these privacy concerns.
Now Facebook seems to have taken a lot of measures in solving these privacy issues. So if you can go through it’s settings you can control the data you want to share with the world.
It also works the other way around, lack of privacy on our friends lives can lead to jealousy and resentment on our side, which will definitely make us unhappy if you let these thoughts wander.
Addiction & Waste Of Time
Facebook can also be addictive for users who are using it frequently. It becomes very hard to not login into your account every day.
Improper usage of the social network can also result in wastage of your valuable time. So you have to limit it’s usage and you have to use it only when it does not affect your work.
Facebook groups can be very helpful in many cases, you can find people with similar interest as you in any field. There are also groups to search for jobs, through which you can also find work. Using theses groups wisely can help you learn many things related to your interest.
There are both public groups and private groups, public groups are much more eventful when compared to private groups. But, in private groups there is higher level of probability in meeting people with similar interests. There is also less number of spam posts in private groups compared to groups which are public.
Grow Your Business
Facebook Ads can be used to advertise your business at an affordable cost. Still it doesn’t seems to be the cheapest medium to acquire customers for businesses because most users on the social network going to spend money on a business.
You can target your customers using different options and can showcase your ads to them. There are many internet businesses which are running successfully solely based on ads.
Facebook marketplace is a new feature through which you can list your product or services for sale. Right now there are thousands of products listed on Facebook’s marketplace.
As a user, it is also easier to find products at a cheaper price.
This marketplace works more like a second-hand marketplace, where most of it’s transaction are between it’s users. We should also be careful on not getting scammed, since Facebook does not provide secure services like Amazon. The probability of getting scammed or getting a defective product is higher compared to other popular E-commerce websites.
Like Twitter, Facebook is also a medium to get your news updates. There are many news pages in facebook where news gets updated instantly and you can like and subscribe to the pages based on your region of interests.
Nowadays you get to see only news feeds or ads in your Facebook account, Since many users are not updating their status. Yet, everyone keep scrolling on the feed like they are addicted to it.
Although there is still not a straight answer to whether Facebook is good or not. We can come to an understanding that using Facebook wisely has many advantages and there are ways to reduce it’s disadvantages. But these disadvantages must be kept in check regarding our overall happiness.
So, we can conclude by saying that Facebook or any social media platform is good if used wisely. And as with everything, if something doesn’t make you happy, then just leave it behind !
If this was an interesting read to you, I recommend you to read my article on the impacts of Tik Tok in our lives.