Facebook started in February 2004 at Harvard, then it spread to Stanford, Columbia, and Yale by March. By the end of the year of 2004 it reached one million users. By 2006, it reached over 2 million people. By 2007 the users were increased by 1 million in U.K and 2 million in Canada. A year after, people started to use it from Spain, French, and German. By 2009, the users increased to 300 million.California is the top state for using Facebook by 19041160 users. There's a report that Americans spend more on Facebook than any other U.S website. And that the average American is on Facebook about 7 hours a month. Moreover, by using Facebook we can inform people in no time. Many activists use Facebook around the world to do political things. They use Facebook so the outside world can hear their voice. An example is like what happened in Egypt. Ghonim is the activist that made a Facebook page, and basically after 2 minutes, 300 people liked his page, and after the 3 months the number grown to 250,000. That's how he reached out to Egyptian youth by using Facebook to protest, but the government shut down the internet for a day and made all protesters very angry. So it's a very useful way to gather people together, and do positive things around the world or vice versa.
However, some believe that it's a social distraction. The example is instead of going out for a coffee, sit and talk to each other, and enjoy the time being together, people prefer to stay home and message their friends on Facebook. But even when you're going to restaurants, theaters , or anywhere you can see that people are together, but they constantly just type and text, checking their Facebook, and spend more time with their phones than people around them. Maybe because smart phones are much more interesting, smarter, and more interactive unlike humans. One tragedy about this technology is that people don’t like looking each other in the eyes anymore. Personally, I use Facebook to be in touch to my friends who live in Iran. I found my childhood friends and for me is a useful thing. However, sometimes I see that people's lives are depended to Facebook, and they put their whole life on Facebook. But what we have to know is that if we put something on Facebook, we should except that it’s 100% unequivocally public. There are different things that Facebook will do to protect our privacy. But as we all know if we put some information online there’s a little bit that we can do to get it off the internet. We may not realize it but the posts on Facebook can be so dangerous. We can share something that belongs to our past which may not seem so important to us but it may be a serious thing for our employer. With finding those things on Facebook by our employers we can easily lose our jobs. The thing is we think we use Facebook, but the bottom line is it uses us. The simple example is that we like something and we share it, but the only one who benefits from it is Facebook, not us. However, in my opinion, Facebook is only a good option if we’re a businessman and we want to sell our product, or any other jobs that need advertisements. It’s the easiest way to make something popular among people. Or if we want to find our old friends. Nowadays, we barley even talk to each other and try to become friends. We are all in our lonely world which we created and don't like to share it with anybody. Our friends are not humans anymore, our friends are devices and websites.