THE DANGER WITHiN FACEBOOK
Next to the telephone, Facebook is possibly the most popular communication tool invented to date
It allows us to connect with friends and family around the world. to see and interact in their lives.
So how can something this incredibly inventive be dangerous to you personally?
Lets begin with some digits for you financial folk...
At the time of writing this - Facebook's commercial value is bigger than Amazon (£62billion) and Cisco (£57billion) but behind Google (£129billion) and Apple (£315billion). It has over 900 million active users, if Facebook was a country,
it would be the third largest country on earth, behind China and India
There are people who refuse to use Facebook, often claiming higher status on the basis, they don't need it in their lives.
Then there are those who warn us its controlled by agencies such as the NSA and FBI who are "monitoring everything you do"
Its certainly true, when we agree to Facebook's terms, we open the entire contents of our devices to them, giving access to our emails, photo's and allow them to monitor and collect data from every single document, program and application you use!
Yes that's outrageously intrusive! However unless you are under 10 years old, you must know nothing is free. There's going to be a price to use the worlds most popular online communication tool. So who exactly is Facebook and who's mining all our private information?
Here's some facts for you knowledgeable folks...
Facebook stock is officially owned by:
15 employees / former employees - including Mark Zuckenburg, Sean Parker and Jeff Rothschild
9 corporate investors - including Microsoft and Digital Sky Technologies
6 venture capital companies - including Goldman Sachs and Accel Partners
5 angel investors - including Peter Thiel and Jim Breyer
3 enemies (via court cases) - the Winklevoss brothers and Divya Narendre
Monsanto stockholders hold stock in Facebook - actually of the top five stockholders three are the same.
A more interesting fact, is with the exception of the last three names on the list, most Facebook stockholder's, in one form or
another also have a stake in all the other big online names we use - Google, YouTube, Paypal, Ebay, Twitter, Amazon, LinkedIn, MySpace, Zynga, HomeAway, News Corp, Forbes and the Wall St Journal plus many lesser known names
The point is, if you are paranoid about being monitored or don't want your data collected,
you probably need to stop using the internet!
Its pretty obvious American intelligent agencies have connections with Facebook, however that's nothing new and certainly not exclusive to those lovely paranoid people in the US of A. Throughout history, business and government have shared information and stroked each-others naughty parts. The fact its happening with Facebook should come as no surprise to anyone these days.
The real danger within Facebook is coming from a far less obvious place (big drumroll)
Yes we are the most dangerous thing about Facebook!
Sure we're happy to be your friend, but do we need to know you're "home on the sofa" or "you ran for 13 minutes 43 seconds" Maybe a handful of people are interested in some of your minor doings, but why must the rest of us be presented with all the tedious and mundane aspects of your life? Additionally there are lots of pretty sexist posts, rants, some racism and plenty of hypocrisy taking place.
Imagine for a moment....
You and all your friends meet in person daily to say or show one thing
Would you present a picture of your lunch? A video of your cat?
Would you complain about the government, offer conspiracy theories or advice to everyone about what to eat?
Would you spout off quotes from famous people like some uber intellectual twat? Or show yourself posing like Derek Zoolander?
Imagine sitting through each of your friends doing that daily - you can bet your bottom rupee, people would stop coming to that meeting
We seem to be dumbing each other down -
under the egotistical illusion we are making some sort of difference to humanity!
Facebook does one thing perfectly, it strokes your ego, however its not a kind, gentle stroke - more a love struck groupie that
wants to grab any part of you. It lingers on your every word and picture. Not caring how low-level your content is, in fact it encourages narcissistic behaviour
Facebook also provides the ideal platform for fakery.
You can make people think you are well informed, funny, cool, sexy or living the most perfect life. You can pretend you are a brave freedom fighter informing the world about all its dangers....the reality is, you are just posting on a website!!
Creating false ideas about who we are, can be harmful socially, for a start it could prove extremely difficult to live up to in real life.
On the other hand some of your friends could realise you are an idiot!
There's a huge amount comment-harvesting, with almost every selfie met with the obligatory "beautiful" "gorgeous" or "looking good".
Its fine that you're posting yet another selfie, but is it really your ego fishing for compliments?
We seem to be stereotyping ourselves. Girls post pictures with cleavage and the pouting fish mouth - then complain that society treats woman as objects, and then they question why most men cannot connect to them emotionally
By far the most disturbing thing is the amount of hateful and negative posts.
There's a massive amount of nastiness and complaining. Mainly against governments, business or the state of the world.
For sure there are many terrible things happening around the world. Its understandable you may be upset -
and yes your opinion may be valid, but when its hateful, it just induces a horrible lynch-mob mentality in the comments
If you truly want change the world, go do something about it...
sitting on your bum bum spouting off on Facebook is just masturbating your ego!
Modern science and new physics are proving you and your consciousness, shape the world around you.
We have begun understanding how our thoughts, attitudes and feelings become reality.
If you are constantly massaging your ego or interacting negatively - you will certainly become more self absorbed and attract more negative things into your life...
The world is not perfect, however it can be a place full of wonders,
once we focus our minds with the right intentions
People in countries with far less infrastructure, don't enjoy as much access to the internet as those in the west.
However they seem more positive about life.
Perhaps not spending as much time online, allows them more time to actively improve their own experience.
Its no surprise places like India and China are moving forward, while the west is in emotional free-fall
Facebook itself is no more dangerous then any other online giant,
its that naughty ego of ours, which is causing the worlds most amazing social communication tool,
to feel like a wonky prospect
Your posts are a mirror of your feelings
The things you process though your mind and where you guide your energy, shapes your personal experience.
We humans are lucky enough to be able get to generate and produce our own reality
Why not try and use that to your advantage?
Facebook is a place where you show yourself and interact with the world...
So consider posting and commenting with good intention. Most of all be caring.
It will make help Facebook be a less dangerous place!
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