What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Facebook?

Facebook, arguably the most famous social networking site, comes with its own pros and cons. Here in this article, I will try to show some of the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook.

Facebook has helped to create a brand for many individuals and businesses. Moreover, it’s a major source of entertainment for people around the globe. Since Facebook is a global social networking site available in various parts of the world, location is not a barrier.

Also, with the Facebook translation feature, you can easily connect with Facebook users from different countries and with people who speak a variety of different languages.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook

The Advantages of Facebook

Facebook for Networking

Facebook is arguably the most powerful social media and social networking site out there. You can use Facebook to connect with your family, friends, work colleagues, and you can even meet new people on Facebook.

Most people who know how to use a computer and internet have a profile on Facebook.

Moreover, it’s easy to find like-minded people by seeing their interests, and you can easily connect with them using wall updates, private messages, and video chats.

Facebook for Dating

Facebook is also known for finding dates.

Indeed, with a social network powered by over 1 billion active users, it’s easy to find a date that shares common interests and hobbies.

Finding dates in this way, much of the time you won’t get into incompatibility issues. (Much of the time…)

One should be careful about fake Facebook profiles, though, as they are usually created by stalkers or spammers.

(Perhaps this is a disadvantage, but Facebook is also becoming one of the major vehicles for failed relationship and breakups.)

Facebook for Business

Facebook is one of the largest sites in the world where we are not only allowed, but encouraged to connect with everyone.

Anyone can take advantage of Facebook to maintain a good relationship with others who identify with certain tastes or products. This is very important because as a business, you can sell or promote a product/service to a highly targeted audience, thus increasing the possibilities of making money on the internet.

Facebook allows the establishment of partnerships between various projects. Moreover, using a Facebook fan page, you can increase your brand value and social media presence for your business. If used properly, Facebook can help you find new leads and clients.

Facebook Video Chatting

Facebook can also be used as video chat tool.

Recently, Facebook implemented the Facebook video chat feature in partnership with Skype. Now you can make video calls to your friends using Facebook’s inbuilt video chat service.

Facebook for Image and Video Hosting

You can also use Facebook as a site to host images and videos. You can set privacy levels for individual albums to control who can see what you share.

Moreover, you can always download your complete collection of Facebook photos and videos using the Facebook backup account feature.

Facebook for News & Information

The real advantage of Facebook is that it’s a real-time social networking site. This makes it one of the best sources to stay updated with the latest news and information. Major news usually goes viral on Facebook, and most brands use it to announce important things regarding their products/services.

Bloggers and internet marketers can subscribe to popular blog fan pages and keep themselves aware of the latest updates. In fact, I have one profile just to gather news.

Facebook as a Personal Portfolio

Advantages of Faceboook

Facebook’s Timeline gives a completely new look regarding your personal profile branding.

With the Facebook Timeline cover, you are allowed create a dramatic first impression as the cover pic will quickly tell people what you are all about.

Also, you can make certain updates public, and if done strategically, you can use it as a portfolio. For example, if you want people to recognize you as a Facebook business expert (provided you are one), you can set your privacy to Public for your most commented and liked “Facebook for business tips, articles, and discussions”.

This way all your new profile visitors will see your expertise, and they will be connecting with you because of your useful and targeted updates. This will also help you get more subscribers and potential clients.

The Disadvantages of Facebook

Facebook Privacy

One of the major concerns and disadvantages of Facebook has to do with Facebook’s privacy.

In the past, it has created a lot of buzz due to sudden changes, but now Facebook has simplified its privacy settings.

Another thing to consider has to do with the availability of really personal information, whether it’s in video, pictures, or text.

Here’s a good rule:

  • Never give out too much personal information.

All throughout the internet, we should always keep in mind the privacy of our personal data. After it’s placed online, we lose all control.

Private Status Published Publicly

Even though Facebook has simplified its privacy settings, many unknowing users still end up publishing private images and status updates publicly.

Also, people usually keep their Facebook friends list visible to the public, and this helps Facebook stalkers find more information about you.

Read our guide: How To Hide Facebook Friends List From Others.

Fake Facebook Profiles

Facebook is full of fake profiles.

There is no limit to these profiles. Most of them are created by stalkers or marketers looking to gain more friends and use it for their marketing purposes.

There are many ways by which you can identify a fake Facebook profile. (We will cover this in an upcoming article.)

Not Using Facebook List Feature

Many users still don’t use the Facebook list feature which is very helpful to keep your status updates targeted to a specific group of friends (e.g college friends, office friends, etc.)

I’m sure you don’t want to get fired from your job because of silly status updates about how much your boss sucks.

If you are new to the Facebook list, read our guide: How To Use The Facebook List Feature.

Time-consuming

Of all of Facebook’s disadvantages, I believe this is one of the major reasons why people deactivate or delete their Facebook profile. Being one of the best ways to stay updated about what your friends are doing, people spend too much time on this vast social networking site.

Facebook offers many entertainment applications and games which engage users to a great extent. Apart from that, Facebook chat and Facebook video chat are another two time-consuming features.

If you want to use Facebook to your advantage, set yourself a time-limit. Spending too much time on Facebook might make you a Facebook addict, and you might end up wasting too much time.

Conclusion

Weighing the scales, where we put the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook, we can conclude that, if Facebook is used in the right proportions, and with proper care, it can be a powerful tool for marketing and networking.

In particular, any online or offline business can leverage the power of Facebook for business success. It’s why Facebook has become, in a short time, one of the most widely used marketing tools in today’s business world.

While there are some disadvantages, they can be overcome with some knowledge about the platform, and a little bit of self-discipline. In other words, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

How do you use Facebook? What’s your opinion on Facebook? Is it helping you or are you simply spending too much time on it? 

Do let us know if you think of any other advantages and disadvantages of Facebook. Share your opinion in the comments!

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Hello, My Name is Rajesh Patel and I am a Windows Enthusiast. Presently, I am pursuing my M.B.B.S degree from Sharda University.

18 thoughts on “What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Facebook?”

  1. Facebook is important, but the disadvantage is that they keep changing it all of the time. That makes it more difficult to take advantage of the benefit, but we still must find a way!

  2. 90% of people on facebook are wasting their time and the other 10% are companies promoting their products , in fact facebook great tool for promoting and businesses , but if you seek well in it , you will find too much disgusting and mimicry of people who are trying to juice themselves to be a rock star, people have nothing to do only updating a pathetic status and silly pictures with every moment they do, come on wake up people.

    Regards

  3. i love facebook… i think its a great via which helps to be in contact with others and to come close in there lyf…

  4. Facebook is a creation of science if we use it properly then it will be harmless for us . Here I became more impressed with advantages than disadvantages of Facebook.

  5. Can anyone tell the advantages and disadvantages of allowing only people 13 years and over to create Facebook accounts

  6. Facebook is, without a doubt, the most prolific and well-known social media the world has ever seen. One cannot feign ignorance of the social impact that Facebook has on the world. However, this powerful social network giant also works like a double-edged sword. For an online business, good word-of-mouth, eespecially on Facebook platform, does wonders for one’s business; vice versa. Respect it and it will respect you. ‘Nuff said. 😉

  7. I swear by facebook when it comes to social networking. I don’t think any other has caught up with it. Facebook is growing daily and the number of people who use it is just awesome. Facebook alone is enough for online marketing. the problem however is its inability to limit age.

  8. Yeah I agree. Facebook is very beneficial if we use it in a proper manner. I have seen people making good money, networking with like minded person, business growth. And, on the other hand I agree with the disadvantages too.

  9. I fear that history will repeat itself again. As we discover something powerful, we become less responsible and more self-motivated towards our own goals. To be able to reach out to a single person a thousand miles away a century ago would’ve been God-like in its essence. Yet to have the same ability today with hundreds or thousands? My wish would be to leave Pandora in her box until we were ready to match its quick evolution but I understand that as a society today we embrace progression through trial and error. That is how we have always done it and that is how it will always be done. This is how we have always behaved. Who is the monkey now? One of our legacies of this age is that our greatest advancements have mainly been achieved in times of war. God help us if we should discover that these advancements could have been achieved in times of peace, together. The lives lost, facebook technology could never bring back AND the lesson is still not learnt. We still behave like a monkey in a new suit with a smart phone.
    Facebook to me? It’s another brand new toy for us children to play with again…until another bigger and more sparkling toy comes along 🙂

  10. Comment:nice work. I think the key to overcoming these disadvantages is morderacy. if we can control ourselves n control how much time n energy we spend on facebook, then we can stick to the good uses alone n all is well. I as an individual, I use Facebook to promote my business and its really working for me. namaste **wink**

  11. In the past, I have really struggled to control my time spent on Facebook. So much so that I have created and deleted multiple accounts in the past ‘x’ amount of years. I currently do NOT have a Facebook account but am considering creating a new one. I do find Facebook useful for keeping in touch with friends and keeping up-to-date with local events, but I do get rather addicted rather quickly. I want to limit my time spent on Facebook but, due to my failing to do so in the past, I would really appreciate some advice off someone out there as to how I can go about doing it. I am worried because I am in full-time education and don’t want my grades to suffer as a result of spending too much time online. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

  12. Jaswinder Kaur

    Very useful information.

    Everything has its advantages and Disadvantages, so using it for some time, can give you benefits, but crossing limitations, can make you addictive.

    I’ve account on facebook, but I don’t update my daily activities, just share my Blog Posts and once a while add family pictures.

    Thanks for more knowledge with this post!

  13. Great Article! Facebook is the main social media in marketing strategy and source to gain traffic/profits/sales for your business. Facebook marketing has more advantages over the disadvantages. But that is true we have to know all the prospects of marketing when you starting promotion on Facebook with ads.

    Good write-up, thanks for this post and want a lot more!

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