One of Facebook’s benefits is that profiles are less open than MySpace – unless you keep it open to the whole network, only friends you accept can view your page. Even so, during the two weeks when participants kept a diary of their social networking activities a surprising number of misunderstandings, arguments and difficulties arose. A school was having problems with pupils discovering teachers’ Facebook pages. One participant was upset that her boyfriend’s page still stated that he was single, another had suspicions due to her boyfriend’s numerous attractive female friends. A male participant posted a photo of a friend’s “harmless” flirtation on a night out, causing a rift in the friendship and leading him to decide to delete his own profile to avoid future problems.
"Social Networking – A Mirror to the Way we Live now?" by Anita Mackenzie Mills