Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Facebook or the question in what kind of world some MEPs live

A member of the European Parliament, Ms Nessa Childers, seems to think Facebook is a danger to the mental health of EU citizens, asking the Commission whether it will legislate on this threat to humanity.

With all due respect to you, Ms Childers, but there are questions that are so stupid that I ask myself why you waste your time and the time of the European Commission with that?

Proclaiming that Facebook is a danger to mental health because it makes you happy is like saying that meeting friends and family is dangerous because it makes you happy.

Digital communication is part of the real life of people in the 21st century and the question put forward by you shows how you have not understood these changes and the reality we citizens are actually living in.


Well done...!

(via @PlaceLux on Twitter)

6 comments:

Bram said...

Great answer!

BTW: she has her own Facebook page ;-)

Kevin said...

For a women who thinks overusing facebook can cause 'social dysfunction', her own facebook page has been very active.

Grahnlaw said...

I absolutely refuse to draw premature conclusions about the threat to mental health posed by parliamentary questions, but I sincerely hope that the case will be followed closely.

Justine said...

I must say though, she has a small point in that there are clearly some people who can't seem to break out of the virtual world, but the frantic tone of her question makes it sound like there's a zombie problem in the EU. I think the Commission has better things to think about... like the Digital Agenda, which does not include rehabilitative measures for abuse of online social networking sites.

Kevin said...

I don't think this is a matter for the EU. Surely domestic authorities can be trusted to deal with these type of problems.

Anonymous said...

Bit strange. Maybe its just a publicity stunt? But the EU Safer Internet programme does recognise Internet Addiction as a real issue to be examined...