The Pros and Cons of Social Networking

Fri, Aug 13, 2010, by Jaybeef

Social Networks

Social Networking.

 

Just like school was for the older generation, Myspace, Facebook and other social networking sites are a likely place to meet your friend and chat about your day.

Plenty of people are signing up to these social networking sites daily but at what expense? Many people have become subject to cyber bullying, stalking and even paedophilia.

With 263,920,102[1] people signed up to MySpace,  A popular social networking site, You can find almost anybody on there, and you can find out their basic details at the click of a mouse. This has made it easier for people to get to know each other, Speak to friends easily, without having to worry about expensive phone calls.

I believe that Social networking has eased communication between friends and family, Not only can they work together at school, but they can both communicate at home via the internet, helping work get finished twice as quick.

 It is not unusual if you often hear your siblings or your friends talk about the people they have met and made friends with through the Internet as social networking is one of the phenomena that have taken the world of Internet by storm. Almost every Web surfer has an account in at least one of the social networking sites, for these sites are the more enjoyable places to hang around in. However, the pros and cons of social networking sites have become a topic for debates.

Just like in any development in technology, social networking has positive and negative sides. Let us now take a look at the outstanding pros and cons of social networking sites.

The Pros

Social networking sites have paved the way for easier communication to your friends, family, or colleagues. One example is that instead of meeting in a certain place, you and your classmates could discuss a school activity by having a conference in a certain site that you are all members of, thus saving you time and effort. Virtual communities are also formed, which are composed of people connected together by common interests, purpose, and goal. People of different races also get to mingle with each other in just a few clicks.

The idea of socializing with millions of people of different backgrounds excite the Web surfers. This is one thing that you can hardly do outside the virtual world.

The Cons

While social networking sites have become places for establishing connections and meeting friends, they have also become likely places for identity theft and fraud. . As you have to provide certain information such as your e-mail address, name, and location, others use these information and pretend to be you, especially when they are into illegal activities.

Furthermore, someone pretending to be somebody else can make you believe that he or she is up to some business offer, ask to meet up with you, and take your money. It has also become easier for someone to stalk you and harass you online.

You should make use of the pros and cons of social networking sites to take precautions in the kind of people you should trust and share some information about yourself to. The debates whether you should or should not be a part of the social networking community is never ending. And, at the end of the day, the best weapon that you have is sound judgment.

[1] http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/myspace.com

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