People typically get on Facebook to network with or find old friends. The one billion pieces of content shared on the site every week help keep the 250 million members hooked. But included in that content are provocative pictures, inappropriate personality quizzes, and virtual alcoholic “gifts” that even 13-year-olds can buy their friends. Some say enough is enough.
Gray Taylor deleted his Facebook account last month. ”It’s definitely kind of a waste of time, sit there and waste 30 minutes of your day, filling out a quiz about something that has no pertinence in life,” he said.
Craig Drye said he is offended by a quiz that asks, “How black are you?” He said, “I realize that I’m black through my experience and through my culture, and I don’t need to be quizzed in order to realize that.”
Drye does not like the fact that his nine year old son, who easily created an account despite the 13-year old required age limit, is exposed to offensive material. But he doesn’t blame Facebook. “The responsibility doesn’t lie with Facebook, but it lies with the parents monitoring,” he said. “I don’t really like the idea that that avenue is available to them, but it just means that we have to get on our jobs a little harder as parents and role models.”
Tricia Beatty does this by prohibiting her kids from creating a Facebook account. “You know this quiz pops up, and they go to take it, now they have information they shouldn’t have at 13. I mean, let them just be kids, run and play, go outside, that’s what I say.”
As a Facebook member, Joseph Volpi will not allow his ten year old daughter to log on until she turns 16. “It’s an adult site. People use a lot of foul language on it, and I just feel it’s inappropriate for her to be on there.”
Some of her classmates are on Facebook, but his daughter said she understands why her parents are against it. “It’s inappropriate for 16 and under, and it’s just that they use a lot of foul language, and they just put inappropriate stuff on,” she said.
Some quizzes claim they were not developed by Facebook, but they are accessible through the site. Facebook officials warn people against explicit material in the safety section of their site.
Since there is such a high volume of content to regulate, officials welcome members to “report” offensive material to them so it can be removed.