Facebook informative speech
?It is a feeling that we are all familiar with. The little build-up of tension when the loading screen starts, the little release when it jumps and the page loads. It is the first thing most of us do when we log on to the internet and would subconsciously check on when using our phone. Yes, today I am going to talk about the social media which most of you would be all too familiar with- Facebook. Launched in February 2004 in his Harvard dorm room, Mark Zuckerberg have successfully revolutionised the concept of social interaction. With just a click of a button, one would be able to view the profile of another.
Such a process of stalking people has become viral, making Facebook the top social networking platform in the world. To date, Facebook passes 1. 19 billion monthly active users. In Singapore, a staggering 54. 5% of the population have subscribed to Facebook. 54. 5%. That is an amount higher than any other activities that Singaporeans engage in. It is a social addiction that is more difficult to resist than cigarettes or alcohol. According to a study from Chicago University, a week-long study polled using Blackberries; subjects aged 18-85 experienced a powerful desire to check social media.
It is an addiction that ties seamlessly in our lives, resulting in several implications that are categorised based on love, work and death. The changing of relationship statuses in Facebook. The moment when your friends announced an open relationship. The amount of likes and congratulatory comments that followed. And then, comes the break-up. Such interactions between couples before and after the relationship begins can be traced in Facebook. It is even said that Facebook might understand your romantic prospects than you do.
In a study by a team of scientists in Facebook data science blog, statistical evidence hints the start of a potential relationship. Relationships start with a period of courtship: on Facebook, messages are exchanged, profiles are visited, and posts are shared on each other’s timelines. In exactly 12 days before the relationship begins, evidence suggests a peak of 1. 67 posts per day. According to the book “The Facebook Effect” by David Kirkpatrick, by examining friend relationships and communications patterns, one could determine with about 33 percent accuracy that a user was going to be in a relationship with a week from now.
It is no doubt that Facebook could even predict a break-up, even before the individuals could. In a survey of 1000 Facebook users by SNAP interactive, 25% of respondents found out their relationship was over by seeing it on Facebook. And 21% admitted they would change their Facebook status to single, in order to break up with someone. Seeing the intimate effect of Facebook on love relationships, it would be no surprise that Facebook also relates closely to our work. If you are looking for a job or internship, please be aware of the posts that you put up on Facebook.
According to Duffy in her book “Employers Use Facebook in Hiring Process”, 1 in 10 employers uses or has used social networking sites when screening job candidates. If you are a frequent drinker and patron to clubs, it would be mindful to note the information you put up on Facebook. In a Careerbuilder. com’s survey, 48% of employers turned off candidates who posted information about drinking. While you should worry about the posts you put up, employers checking on Facebook can also be good news. Many of the survey respondents said that they had found information on Facebook that boosted a candidate’s chances of being hired.
For example, 46% said that they liked applicants whose posts or photos showed a creative side. And now to my last point, death. “RIP”- Rest in Peace, would be a common acronym that many of you would post on Facebook, should you encounter any unfortunate passing of a known person. For many, Facebook has become a highly accessible platform for grieving. Social media after death becomes a more mainstream as people are beginning to plan for their own death in order to protect and preserve the online information they have cultivated for years.
A Facebook app called “if I die”, allows user to record a video message, than choosing his or her Facebook friend “trustees” to publish after the post-mortem. It is awestruck to note that Facebook even controls your social media even after death. All in all, the above implications love, work and death have concluded that Facebook has indeed integrated itself absolutely in our lives. I would like to end off my speech with a question. The first thing you do when you log on to the internet, it is no doubt that most of you would be accessing Facebook. So, is this time wasted or well-spent?