Any person who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows another person in the state of California is guilty of the crime of stalking, punishable by a restraining order, a fine or jail time. Why is it that when it comes to Facebook, stalking is okay?
As any Facebook addict will tell you, Facebook is a way to reunite with old friends, keep in contact with family and showcase your skills and personality to potential employers.
But we all know this is BS.
More than 600 million unique users spend more than 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook, according to the website’s 2011 fact sheet. That’s one in every 13 people on earth, with more than 250 million of them logging on every day. Approximately 48 percent of 18 to 34 year olds, Facebook’s core audience, check their profile when they wake up, with 28 percent doing so before even getting out of bed.
However, I refuse to believe that all that time is being spent in social networking mode — reminiscing with high school acquaintances, estranged relatives and old co-workers. Give me a break. It is being spent in creep mode.
Stop obsessing over the photos of your ex-boyfriend’s new album, stop checking for your ex-girlfriend’s mobile phone status updates, stop Facebook stalking. Stop Facebook all together and deactivate your account.
It is a waste of time and is contributing to the destruction of the very thing it promotes — social networking.