com lists 28-year-old Mark Zuckerberg as a billionaire. He's worth approximately $14 billion. Facebook makes big bucks.
Joan Goodchild, senior editor of CSO (Chief Security Officer) Online, was interviewed on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning." She emphasized five dangers users unwittingly face when on Facebook: Your information is shared with third parties; privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign; Facebook ads may contain malware; your real friends unknowingly make you vulnerable; scammers create fake profiles.
I received an email from a friend who told me I simply had to watch a linked video. It was priceless. I clicked on the link and was told I had to have a Facebook account. I hesitated, but who wants to miss a priceless video? I registered and watched the video. It had been recycled many times, and each person sending it thought it was fresh and priceless. You know the one of the bear cubs trapped in a trash bin. A truck is backed up to the bin with a woman in the truck bed. She lowers a ladder and the cubs climb out and leave happily with Mama Bear.
Years ago, I taught science fiction to college students. One short story revolves around the constant use of computers. Each character in the story sits in front of a computer all day and into the night. Groceries are ordered online and all business is conducted online. There is no human contact - ever.
Science fiction has once again predicted the future, and it's almost here. Recent studies indicated we are suffering from increased loneliness, and it is connected to technology. Other studies have revealed we are decreasing in intelligence. After all, the computer answers our questions. We no longer have to walk down aisles in a library. We hit a few keys and, voila, we have the answer or definition or location. It's all right there. And we don't have to make an effort to have real friends. No invitations to our homes. No cleaning and food preparations. Just log onto Facebook and sit in front of the computer. No human contact.
After being shoved through Facebook's entry door, I'm searching for an exit, but I'll miss my friends.
Contact writer Dolly Withrow at ritew...@aol.com.