Impacts of Social Networking

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27 November 2013

Impacts of Social Networking: Good or Bad?
In recent years, social networking has emerged as a new resource for people to connect socially. These social networking sites have made it possible for people, who share the same interest without boundaries, to connect by eliminating political, economic, and geographic borders. Society as a whole must come to realize that although social networking has many benefits as a new way to communicate, it can be exploited and will, in turn, have negative results. Users must be cognizant of the dangers and should be able to identify so that social networking is working effectively for them.
Social networking sites group people together into specific groups much like a small community of people. They allow freedom to communicate with all types of people from around the world and with people of whom they normally would not interact. Social sites help friends and family stay in communication with each other via online updates regarding their lives, photo uploads, and video uploads. They have truly introduced a new world to people by allowing consistent and constant communication with one another. On the other hand, these sites detract from live social interactions and have caused people to spend large amounts of time misusing them. Therefore, society must more closely examine the benefits of social networking sites and gain an understanding of how to use these sites effectively. A recent study conducted in December of 2012, examined young adults with mental illnesses and health conditions and how they used social networking. The study identified the benefits as well as safety risks including “unsolicited pornographic or violent content, sexual predation, cyber bullying, and social isolation (Ybarra & Mitchell, 2008; Rosenblum, 2007; Mann, 2008). The benefits identified within the study…...

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