In today’s world population of around 7 billion, 986 757 600 of which is on Facebook, according to Check Facebook, an analytics tool measuring Facebook demographics.
Check Facebook says as of June 2, 2013, these are top 10 countries on Facebook with its number of users:
- United States 159, 436, 740
- Brazil 71, 864, 840
- India 63, 793, 540
- Indonesia 47, 971, 420
- Mexico 42, 944, 260
- Turkey 33, 754, 180
- United Kingdom 31, 130, 240
- Philippines 30, 284, 800
- France 25, 392, 180
- Germany 24, 970, 100
No wonder Facebook has a massive impact in people’s lifestyle.
In the Philippines, trending news about Charice Pempengco and Vice Ganda leaked out and has reached many Filipinos primarily because of Social Media, with Facebook and Twitter as main contributors. These showbiz personalities has little control over what people think or say about them because of the freedom of speech that is observed online.
This causes me to wonder, is Facebook a blessing or a curse?
For me, Facebook can be a curse because it:
- Contributes to why people these days have shorter attention spans
- Causes less efficient work when one gets addicted to it
- Becomes a channel for online bullying
- Spreads gossip faster
- Ruins relationships if not used wisely
Facebook can be a blessing too because it:
- Connects many people and makes the world smaller
- Gives business people opportunities to advertise their products and services
- Enhances way of learning
- Makes communicating easier and fun, especially when connecting with overseas friends and relatives
- Improves way of life as even religious and non-profit organization gets a chance to move people to action
As for me, Facebook, and other forms of social media, can either be a blessing or curse depending on how you use it. The way we use Facebook can be compared to the way we use our life: we can either take it as a blessing or a curse and make it a blessing or a curse for ourselves and to others.
When my mother was hospitalized and even as she passed away, Facebook enabled me to reach out to more family and friends who helped us by way of spiritual and practical support. As I wrote to them in one of my wall posts: “You all make us feel so loved, so special. And all the loving things you did and still do, make us feel less lonely, less desperate and less needy.”
Whether in our Facebook or personal lifestyle, the Bible reminds us:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
– Philippians 4:8-9