I cancelled my facebook account a few months ago because I am philosophically opposed to using private lives as entertainment (I will write more about this later). The online ‘friendship’ generated through this service may serve to increase alienation in our society as people try to connect to others in a way that makes a true encounter impossible. For people employing facebook, the very attempt to ‘friend’ others may lead to greater isolation as more and more human communication becomes virtual and less human. The problem is that this interaction can never satisfy the requirements of the heart. The New York Review of Books provides a short history of the expansion of facebook.
In the World of Facebook - The New York Review of Books