By Sandra Ferrara Gentry
Celebrities, kids, adults, grandparents, politicians, and even the President’s children; seems these days everyone has a Facebook page. The social networking site has exploded with well over 100 million users and a plethora of online beta version games.
One can send gifts, messages, pictures, videos, instant messages, and they are encouraged to “write on someone’s wall”. The site is a virtual Entertainment Mecca, providing hour after hour of fun and enjoyment. With so many users, the site experiences the occasional crash, leading to more hours of waiting for pages to load and re-load. This is where the problem begins.
If you are one of the millions of users of Facebook, you know of the irritating moments when the site runs slower than usual, gifts get “lost”, and the ever popular “diagnose connection” page. The time users spend waiting for these issues to be worked out flies by.
This has lead to chores and responsibilities pushed aside, in pursuit of harvesting virtual crops, updating one’s status, and I.M-ing Facebook buddies.
Couples can spend hours having fun and keeping in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. Nevertheless, moderation must be practiced or the family dynamics and real-time communication begins to disintegrate. Spending too much time at the computer, on Facebook has and will cause marital problems, if not kept in check.
Continuous practiceof this obsessive behavior creates anti-social behavior in an otherwise normally social individual. Such drastic changes in a spouse can spark anger, irritation, feelings of desertion, and loneliness. These issues can be worked out quite easily, if dealt with in a diplomatic fashion.
Calmlypoint out the amount of time spent on the social site could possibly be spent better playing outside with the children, finishing the hobby project in the corner, knocking out the “honey-do” list, or going to the movies. This is not to say that an hour or two is obsessive, rather five or more hours a day spent on the site, might be an indication of a life not well spent.
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