Recently, a writer I know wrote a story for this very site about how Facebook makes you healthier. It's an interesting story, and I encourage you to read it. But after giving it some thought I've decided that it's wrong. In fact, I think Facebook is flat out bad for my health. Let me count the ways:
1. It makes me lazy.
Too much time on Facebook means too much time straining my wrists and my eyes, when I could be getting some exercise (even window-shopping provides more activity that being glued to my computer chair) or at least some fresh air and vitamin D from a little sun.
2. It promotes ADD.
Not that I actually have attention deficit disorder, but being a frequent Facebook user makes it impossible to focus on one thing at a time. Update your status! Check out your friends' photos! Take this stupid quiz! List 500 things about yourself! Accept another magical pretend gift!
3. It stresses me out.
Remember that girl who didn't give you the time of day in high school? Guess what: she's on Facebook now, and she seems to think that you're pals. Remember those embarrassing photos from your friend's bachelorette party? Those are on Facebook, too… so you better un-tag yourself fast before your boss, your mother-in-law, and all your other "friends" see it.
I'm not saying that Facebook's evil, just that its healing powers are questionable. So I'm trying to log on less often. I'm filing it in that category of things (like red wine and chocolate) that are supposedly good for my health but in reality they're only helpful if in moderation.
—Barbara Brody, WD Health Editor
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