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9 Ways Facebook Can Get You in Trouble

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Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites across the world. Many people spend hours on end on Facebook every day. However, when you use it excessively, it can create various problems in your life. Here are 9 specific ways Facebook can lead your life into trouble:

Employer Scrutiny:

People usually add a lot of their daily activities on Facebook. Sometimes, these activities aren’t appropriate for your boss or prospective boss to see. This can get you into trouble. Employers progressively make a point to inspect the social media profiles of their employees and specifically new hires. Embarrassing photos of a night out with your friends and insult-laced comments are not going to give a good impression about a new or potential employee. It’s always a good idea to clean up one’s Facebook profile and set more restrictions on privacy before a job interview.

Problems in relationships:

Couples tend to experience notable conflicts due to Facebook. Sometimes out of naivety, one of them would start spying on an old girlfriend or boyfriend and it doesn’t take much for those diggings to turn into feelings of doubt about their loved one. Moreover, on Facebook, users have immediate access to an unlimited number of people, and both partners can be propelled towards new people which can present strong challenges to current relationships.

Addiction to Games:

Facebook features many exciting games but many of them are quite addictive. They tend to involve users in extensive competition with their friends. Some games even create multiple worlds for habitual users who will want to spend nearly every waking hour in that make-believe world. Some examples include Farmville and Candy Crush. This is not only a huge waste of time but also a bad habit that can deter you from spending time doing something productive.

Emotional Distress:

When people interact with other people on Facebook, they often get the perception that their own life is less glamorous and others are living superior or more satisfying lives. This can cause mental stress. Many people try to make their lives seem more attractive Facebook than it really is, so there is consistent misunderstanding about what may not even be genuine. Another reference of mental agony is the continuous procession of news stories describing disastrous events both locally and globally. Such exaggerated news can have a disastrous effect on the wellbeing of an ordinary Facebook user.

Damage to Health:

Sitting for long periods of time can cause health issues. Every hour spent on Facebook is an hour that could be utilized in working out. This would be better for a person’s physical health. Heart illness and blood clots are just two of the many problems that can result as a consequence of spending too much time sitting and gazing at a computer screen.

Negative Impact on Relationships with Offline Friends:

Some people get involved with Facebook to a level that they stop interacting and communicating with people who aren’t on social media sites. If they can’t leave a comment or send a personal message through Facebook, they might not go to the trouble of picking up their phone and calling or sending emails. This can lead to neglecting those determined friends and family members who do not have their profiles on Facebook. This can cause bitterness and shattered friendships.

Copyright Problems:

There is a lot unconstrained sharing on Facebook, and some people get into trouble by sharing something that warrants copyrights. They might also infuriate someone by sharing a video of themselves singing a cover of a song without taking permission from the owner of the song. These activities can cause major intellectual property issues. Usually these things go unnoticed but sometimes there are serious consequences, and this can be a real headache.

Getting Caught When Lying:

Earlier on Facebook, it was easy to post anything with little fear of getting caught. However, now Facebook makes it much more difficult to protect one’s trial. For example, a student might tell his parents he’s staying in to study but later posts pictures of himself at a party. Regardless how cautious a person is about what he/she posts, that won’t stop someone else from tagging them in a picture or a status that can create complications if denied.


Unfortunately, Facebook has made bullying more frequent, especially among teenagers. After coming home from school, when students log on to their Facebook accounts, they may have to face aggressive messages from bullies who would not have approached them otherwise. Some kids have become so worried because of these cruel messages and backbiting that prevails on Facebook that they have attempted suicide. Those who are specifically weak or go through bullying at school should be very cautious about how they use Facebook and other social network sites.

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