“I’m in a poke war with Mark because he threatened to unfriend me after I tagged him in a photo that he commented on my fan page.”

When “TheFacebook” was released in 2004, not even Mark Zuckerberg thought that it would become a household name. It all started as a way for college students to make connections with each other. In fact, a user needed a college email address in order to sign up for TheFacebook when the site was initially pushed.

 

This week, Facebook turned 10, and there is no denying the impact of the social network on society and on the way people now interact with each other. In some instances, the impact on individuals may not always be positive.  For instance, a study by Utah Valley University (UVU) suggests that there is a relationship between social media and happiness.  Specifically, the study found that the more time an individual spends on Facebook, the more they compare their lives to those of their Facebook friends and the more unhappy they become. Hui-Tzu Grace Chou, the lead researcher in the study, also reported that the user’s perceptions, is to blame for the sadness–not Facebook.

 

In 2009, The Week reported that Facebook was responsible for nearly 20 percent of divorce cases in the United States.  The report also suggested that technology firms were devising new ways for married people to track the online activity of their spouses, particularly as a way to determine whether they are having illicit affairs over Facebook.

 

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder & CEO. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder & CEO. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Of course, Facebook’s positive impact cannot be ignored. In 2010, a father located his lost daughter on Facebook after searching over 20 years for her. The practice of finding long-lost relatives on the social networking giant is becoming common.

 

It may not have been Zuckerberg’s intention to create a revolutionary platform that brings the world together. However, we live in a world where people crave connection. The difference, Zuckerberg said, is that “we cared more.”

 

 

 

 

Do you think Facebook has created a more positive or more negative impact on society and the world? Do you have a Facebook? Continue the conversation here via the comment section below, or you can tweet me @TiffaniJPurdy.