Are Networking Sites Good For Our Society?
Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ and Pinterest have become more popular than
ever. The users have more than quadrupled from 2005 to 2009.Proponents argue that online
communities promote communication with friends, family and make contact with people from
around world as well as develop computer skills. Opponents, argue that social networking
sites expose children to predators, increase the spread of computer viruses, lower workers
productivities and promote narcissism.
PRO Social Networking Sites:
Social networking sites allow people to create new relationships with friends and
family, increased communication strengthen relationships. Social networking site allow for
free creative expression in blogging, messaging, photo storage and games. Social networking
sites bring people with common interests’ together, offer exposure to new ideas from around the
world. People who have social anxiety are more comfortable interacting via the internet. Social
networking sites have helped people changing job, finding new place to live, buying a car or
caring for the ill and elderly.
CON Social Networking Sites:
Social networking sites entice people to spend more time online and less time interacting face to
face. Teens spend an average of nine hours per week on social networking sites. Teens growing
up with these sites may not be aware that all their posted information is public and photos and
text can be retrieved even after deletion. Consequences can include vulnerability to sexual or
financial offenders and lost job opportunities from employers. Cyber bullying occurs online and
LEARNING TEAM EXERCISE
is easier and more public. Victims often experience a drop in grades or decreased self-esteem.
The use of social networking sites can cause personality and brain disorders in teens, such as the
inability to have real conversations, limited