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'Being Latino' This Week On Facebook

Facebook has quickly become ingrained in our culture. Its importance solidified by an award-nominated movie and the fact that “Can I get your number?” is often replaced with “Are you on Facebook?” when meeting someone with whom you want to stay in touch.

Just like its beginnings—as portrayed in the movie— it is not without controversy. Many feel that we are giving up true connection with individuals, opting instead for easy communication with the masses that are our friend’s lists. There is also the question, “Are we sharing too much?” One blogger took a look at the issue questioning the Facebook etiquette—or lack thereof—of moms-to-be posting live updates of their birthing process. Is it all too much?

Impersonal communication and the over-sharing of personal details are not the only problems. We also have easier access to those with whom we disagree.

Last week, Being Latino on Facebook caused quite a bit of controversy, and this week began in much the same manner. It seems that when it comes to disagreements online, people become heated, lose their cool—often their heads—forgetting their manners. Sometimes it’s best to take a step back, “chill” and remember that it is a public forum and your words—for good or bad—can have consequences.

We can agree to disagree!

There were a variety of opinions in the discussion on a drug addict’s responsibility for the casualties in the war on drugs. One reader agreed with the author’s take stating, “Cut the problem at the root. One of the main reasons why there's so much crime and murders around our nations is because of America's drug addiction. He's [author] telling folks to stop taking drugs because of the violence it comes with.” Another reader saw the issue from a different, perhaps more personal perspective: “We have a family member that we've tried so hard to get off of drugs. He'll do great for a while, get a great job and one way or another he falls right back to it, and hits rock bottom.”

But while we may not always agree on political discourse, we do not remain mired in the pool of negativity when it comes to social networking. We share the positive by sharing our lives and histories. And with Latinos leading the way in the use of this medium, we also use this effective tool to band together to score some great discounts leadng the way in the economic growth of the U.S.

Whether you love it, hate it or know it only by name, Facebook and social media are part of our lives more and more each day. Whether its use is a negative or positive experience is the choice of the user. The most important thing to remember is that civility and keeping a sense of humor are the keys to intelligent discourse.

Being Latino is a communication platform whose mission is to educate and connect all peoples across the global Latino spectrum. Being Latino is the largest fan page for Latinos on Facebook.

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Being Latino is a communication platform whose mission is to educate and connect all peoples across the global Latino spectrum. Being Latino is the largest fan page for Latinos on Facebook.

Follow us on twitter.com/foxnewslatino
Like us at facebook.com/foxnewslatino