Facebook, the Internet Craze Could Be Dangerous

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

It’s only been around for a little more than a year and already Facebook has become the online rage at college campuses across the nation.

Ian Weber, global media professor at Texas A&M, describes Facebook as a digital yearbook of sorts that allows students to post personal pictures, profiles and even contact information.

"It's designed to build and maintain friendships and to keep those friendships alive over a period of time," said Ian Weber, Texas A&M University.

At face value, Facebook is pretty innocent. After all, students must have an education account to access the site. But, there's a flip side to Facebook. Although what you put on your page is up to you, you have no say in who sees it.

"So of that personal information is probably too much information for some people. Some of the users have suggested people have been stalked or at least been approached," said Weber.

One Aggie Facebook user agrees.

"It can get a little creepy at times people knowing stuff about you you wouldn't have them know," said Lance Olian, Facebook user.

On the other hand, he does admit Facebook is how he met his girlfriend.

"I thought I'd send her a little message and we communicated there originally," said Olian.

Just by looking at the site, you can often find offensive pictures or vulgar information. Weber says some students don't realize the damage this could cause down the line.

"If you provide too much information on your background and your interests and your hobbies, that can create an image of you in a certain light that may not be productive in relationship you have from a professional level," said Weber.

"You kind of have to use your own common sense if its something you don't want people to know," said Olian.

It's estimated three and a half million students at 800 colleges are using Facebook. That number is only expected to increase. As the number of Facebook users grows, experts say the number of Facebook mis-users will probably grow as well.


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