Duke It Out: Facebook

[It’s pretty obvious that the average CollegeCandy reader has some very strong opinions. Opinions that she likes to share with everyone on the site. We love a strong woman (unless she happens to be charging at us with her fists raised), so we thought we’d give her a real forum to discuss her thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Every Friday I’ll be featuring a hot topic (like electronic attendance! ) and leaving it up to you, the readers, to duke it out. So, read it and get your debate on in the comments section below!]

Facebook. Social network, amazing way to stay in touch, the single greatest contributor to my finals-procrastination mental breakdown. Love it or hate it, Facebook pretty much owns our asses – the question is, has it gone too far?

It’s not really hard to hate on Facebook. Like the mythical siren it draws you in and crushes your time management skills. It also forces you to endure the unending stream of Farmville posts (I don’t care about your pink cow, damnit!) and your mom’s worried little comments about that drunk status update you posted (seriously, why did I ever show my mother how to get on Facebook?). And as if having to know that the girl you hated in high school is having her fairytale wedding to Prince Charming even though she has to take off time from her amazingly fulfilling high-paid job for the honeymoon (bitch) isn’t bad enough (not to mention the privacy issues), FB is also basically ruining our ability to actually connect with people! Friends, guys, it’s so much easier to FB message that to actually call and have a conversation – and by making it easy to do it’s also made bothering to keep up your relationships seem less important.

Hell, even Betty White knows it’s a waste of time!

Ok, diatribe over. Because as many bad things as there are about Facebook, we all keep coming back to it for a reason – because it’s kind of awesome. Would we know that Betty White thinks Facebook is a waste of time without Facebook? No, because without FB support, she would have never done that (totally amazing) episode of SNL! And even if you ignore that fact that it’s probably the coolest thing ever that you can keep up with your BFF from 3rd grade even though she lives across the country, you can’t skip over the fact that people have used the power of FB for the greater good. People have started causes, helped others, helped the planet all because Facebook gives you the power to connect. And even if maybe you do spend more of your time playing Mafia Wars than saving the whales, isn’t that fact that it’s even an option something worth celebrating?

So, is Facebook really an evil time-suck? The culminating achievement of the internet age? Both? Could you ever give up the addiction or is it worth the sacrifices? Duke it out!

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