Friday, February 06, 2009

The beginning and impact of Facebook

Yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the beginning of Facebook. And if you've never looked in to how it started, it's worth checking out. Al Mohler shares his thoughts:
"Today's student generation, the "Digital Natives," know of no existence before cell phones, the Internet, e-mail, and text messaging. Social networking perfectly fits their lifestyle and worldview. They assume 24/7 social contact -- or at least access to this contact just a few clicks away.

Social networking is like any new technology. It must be evaluated on the basis of its moral impact as well as its technological utility. Social networking sites offer unprecedented opportunities for communication and contact -- and that is both the promise and the peril of the technology."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:39 PM

    David this reminded me of your post on facebook and narcissism a few weeks back which I thought was pretty interesting. I think you're right, fb makes it very easy to get too caught up in ourselves. It becomes a contest of who has the most friends and we update our profiles, status, and pictures in hopes that someone will notice and write on our walls. It's a total ego trip. As if facebook weren't enough, Google has come up with "Latitude" which allows our friends to track where we are in real time. We kid around about "facebook stalking", but this takes it to a whole new level. I'm interested in your thoughts on it...