The Socialmenia

Facebook: Healthy or Not?

Posted on: March 4, 2009

This morning I was struck by this posting on Daily Mail: Facebook Could Raise Risk of Cancer???

This is what is written on Daily Mail online newspaper.

Social networking sites such as Facebook could raise your risk of serious health problems by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, a doctor claims. Emailing people rather than meeting up with them may have wide-ranging biological effects, said psychologist Dr Aric Sigman. Increased isolation could alter the way genes work and upset immune responses, hormone levels and the function of arteries. It could also impair mental performance.

 It is written further that these things can lead to raising the risk of cancer.

I agree that Facebook is not healthy for your relationship. You might not notice it right away, but sooner or later you would feel comfortable without any human interaction. You would feel that you are intreacting already with people using Facebook, or other social network sites. Thus, why bother to meet them face to face, you would reckon. However, since I am no scientist, I am not sure about the risk of cancer.

Whatever illness that Facebook may cause, I guees it is an important point for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pinpoint this issue. He can maybe initiate annual meeting for Facebook users, or local sport day, or Facebook Party (like Indonesian Blogger Party)? In my opinion, this can also be a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative for social media players like Facebook, Myspace, Plurk,… you name it.

My tips for Facebook users: Do not let Facebook control your life, you are the one that has to control Facebook.

Have fun Facebook-ing 🙂


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