first of all: you sound like you're in school. so you should get a facebook, that's we're everybody will be
second, facebook is apparently a bit safer than myspace. according to wot, which i trust with my life...but never mind that. facebook is safe. as long as you don't click on the stupid ads and stuff (that are on myspace too) that sometimes lead to virus sites.
the news is stupid. these people should stop taking everything in the news to heart - a bunch of it is LIES xD
(my grandma believes everything in the news. like how obama wasn't born in the country and isn't really a u.s. citizen and how the world's gonna become one big country and how the u.s. dollar's going away and how the wold's gonna die and... damn it's so annoying)
another thing - not all of the info you put on facebook has to be real. like you can put a bunch of face info up like you live in la, and you're 20 yrs old, and you're b-day is 1-1-90, and stuff. and you can even put a fake name that only people you know will knows it's you. and even if you do put you're real name and stuff...no one will see any of your info besides your name (big whoop) if they don't add you as a friend. this goes with all accounts on facenook
facebook really isn't dangerous. it's safer than myspace, it's definitely better, and that's how they're different