Facebook is a social networking site invented so that people can stay in touch with their friends no matter where they are or what is going on in their lives. It is supposed to help you form relationships, strengthen connections, and generally let you know what is going on in the lives of everyone around you. However, once you become a member of Facebook yourself, you will realize that things are not as they seem.

Facebook is one huge popularity contest. People are always adding more and more friends in a never-ending quest to out-do all of their other friends. This would be alright if they were actually friends with everyone that they added. But once someone's friend list reaches the thousands, you can't help but become skeptical. Do they really know all of these people? Do they really have a meaningful relationship with every one of them? In the majority of cases, the answer will be no. They've probably never said two words to half of them, wouldn't even recognize some of them if they were in the same room. But that doesn't matter. A real relationship with those people was never the goal. They just friended those people, or accepted a friend request from those people, to bring them closer to looking like the most popular person in their social circle.

People use Facebook for false advertisement. When people create their profile, they have the opportunity to completely reinvent themselves. They will only put up the prettiest pictures, will only post the funniest statuses, will only check into the most expensive restaurants. With the newest version of Facebook called "Timeline," users can manipulate their profile so extensively so that any people viewing it will only see the "best" part of their life: The pictures with the most likes, the statuses with the most comments, the conversations that seem the most personal but are really only a few words strung together here and there without a second thought. The person you are in real life, and the person you get to be on Facebook are often two very different people. How can you form a successful relationship on Facebook when you're pretending to be someone you're not?

Face-to-face conversation can be the most intimate form of conversation to be had between two people. You can see each other's eyes - which are said to be the window to a person's soul, - can sense the mood in the air, and know that you have this person's full attention. More importantly, you can sense how they're going to react to something before any words even come out of their mouth. With Facebook, you lose all of that. The only thing you can rely on are the words that show up on the screen. But you can never tell how someone really feels when you're talking to them on Facebook. It's easy to say things on the internet that you don't actually mean. So how is it possible for Facebook to strengthen your connection with people when it hinders your conversation so much?

Facebook was founded on the idea that it would create greater connections and stronger bonds between people, but it has proved to act in the opposite way, hindering your conversation and allowing people to advertise themselves as being something that they're not. Before you sign up for Facebook, you should take note of these significant disadvantages of the social networking site. And if you do give in and make yourself a profile, keep this article in mind and do your best to be the same person on Facebook as you are in your every-day life.