Are social networks creating more problems then they are solving???
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A social networking service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on facilitating the building of social networks or social relations among people who, for example, share interests, activities, backgrounds, or real-life connections. (definition taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_networking_service )
Much to the disbelief of many younger generations , social networking didn’t start with Facebook and nor will it end there either.As the world develops so does technology and the ways we communicate with others is forever changing. A little over a decade ago even mobile phones weren’t as common as the were nowadays and you had to go around and call for your friends to see whether they were coming out unless your parents allowed you to use the land-line.
Like the origins of the internet , social networking has been developing over the past few decades and what started out as something small and simple has now developed into one of the biggest uses of the internet to date. In the early naughties social networking hit big and since then we have seen such site as Myspace, Friendster, Friends reunited, Bebo, LinkedIn and possibly the 2 biggest at the moment Facebook and Twitter. Facebook alone has over 750 million active users.
We use social networking for everything from keeping in touch with friends near and far to sharing photos, videos, finding others with common interests, arranging events, celebrity gossip and games. the possibilities of what we can do with it are endless.
But is it all good???
There may be many benefits to social networking but issues are also plentiful.
– phishing scams are on the rise targeting users for monetary gain
– social networking is an easy source for personal information due to privacy settings been incorrectly set and on some sites/pages not set at all. This allows others to acquire personal details leading to possibility of fraudulent activity and spamming.
What is more scary, are issues such as
– cyber bullying
– hate groups
– discrimination (including racism) against both individuals and groups.
– the depiction of violence and sexual content
– that whoever you may be talking to might not actually be who they say they are. Anyone can hide behind a screen and pretend to be someone else such as sexual predators, those who wish to engage in illegal activities and ruin the lives of innocent people.
We want to know what you think. Are social networks creating more problems then they are solving? Have you been affected by issues mentioned? What do you think can be done to make social networking safer? Are we dis-engaging from real life for a virtual one?
Have your say and let us know what you think…..
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