You have control over how much information you provide Facebook, and you have control over who does, and doesn’t see your Facebook posts.
In Facebook’s “Privacy Settings and Tools” you can determine who sees your posts—review content you’ve been tagged in. And, if you want, you can change the settings so only friends can see what you’ve posted in the past.
“Who can contact me” allows you to stop people you don’t know from contacting you.
“who can look me up” is another way of protecting your information. If you don’t want people to find you by your email, you can change it to so only friends of friends can find you this way. And the same goes too for your phone number: if you chose to provide it.
And if you don’t want search engines outside of Facebook linking to your profile you can turn that off too. This last one is definitely worthwhile if you’re worried about your information being stolen, or just don’t want your name showing up in a Google or Bing search.
Is Facebook worth it?
This question probably doesn’t get asked very often. Or, if it gets asked—there are very few solid answers. Facebook’s worth depends on each user. There are plenty of people between 18 and 28 who are not on Facebook—they just don’t care enough to be there. If their friends and family want to contact them they can either text, call or email. Which is fine.
For the younger demographics, they tend to gravitate to the newest fad social platform—something like Facebook is too established for them: also, their grandparents on Facebook.
Some people like this, after all it’s now really easy to stay in touch with family, share old photos and stories instead of waiting every 6 to 12 months for a family gathering. And others don’t want their grandparents to see the sort of thing they (and their friends) and sharing and saying.
The real worth of Facebook depends on you: if Facebook seems like something you’re interested in, then it is definitely worth it. There are, as we said in the benefits section, plenty of good reasons to jump onboard and start using Facebook.
Being able to share photos and videos and have conversations without worrying about the price of a phone call has really enabled people to better stay connected.
So yes: Facebook can be worth it—if what you’re looking for is an online tool to prevent social interaction. Not to mention the games like chess and scrabble you can play to stay active and entertained.
The best way to find out if Facebook is the right social media platform for you, is to try it out yourself.