How can we fear Facebook? Let us count the ways, says Newsweek, and they number ten.
"10 Ways Facebook Can Ruin Your Life" does what it says on the label. Facebook leads to kidnapping, prison, illness, physical pain, creditor pressure, relationship stress, financial losses, depression, unemployment, stalking, sexual embarrassment, lawsuits, molestation, rape, and murder.
Here's a sampler of Newsweek's take on Facebook's "sinister side":
in an even more horrifying story, Aimee Sword was sentenced to nine to 30 years in prison recently for sexually abusing her 15-year-old biological son, whom she tracked down on Facebook.
It can cost you a job.
It can make it easier for your stalker or abusive partner to follow your movements. ... In one particularly sad case, a woman who changed her Facebook status to "single" was killed by her husband, from whom she had separated. After seeing her status, he broke into her home and stabbed her repeatedly.
Your kids could be targeted by predators.
Weirdly, copyright infringement is missing from this catalog of woe. Nothing about al-Qaeda, either. Apparently Facebook can lead *your* children to rape, sexual embarrassment, poverty, and depression, but not to file-sharing, nor a place in the virtual caliphate.
Overall, this is a very useful listing for digital fears, and a handy example of the meme.
(thanks to grim-eyed Todd Bryant)