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Pros and Cons of Social Networking

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Josey R

on 2 April 2014

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PROS CONS People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
There are more than 200 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
Networking The more time spent on the Internet leads to social isolation and loneliness, which in turn leads to depression
There is a correlation between the number of hours used on online social networks and one's social isolation. The more hours spent leads to an increase social isolation in all three categories: usage of the phone, time spent with family, and social events.
Survey 500 people ages 18-25 46% spend 3+ hours going through people's pages on various online communities This study showed that people spend hours in a virtual world where the people of the pages they are browsing through may not even know of them. By browsing these pages, people become so absorbed into a virtual world that they become disconnected from reality. You start losing social skills in the real world as you master your social skills chatting behind a computer screen. When put in real social situations, the person that has been accustomed to the online social life will not know how to behave and act around other people and will likely find it difficult to socialize with others. social awkwardness Increase desire to comfortably socialize on the Internet Are
Social Networking sites good for our society? Social networking sites entice people to spend more time online and less time interacting face-to-face.
The sites offer many time wasting activities that replace more productive activities Teens growing up with these sites may not be aware that the information they post is public and that photos and text can be retrieved even after deletion In Feb. 2009, MySpace identified 90,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on the site Social networking sites make cyberbullying, a type of bullying that occurs online, easier and more public than bullying through other online activities such as email and instant messaging. The use of social networking sites can cause personality and brain disorders in children, such as the inability to have real conversations, limited attention spans, a need for instant gratification, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and self-centered personalities VULNERABILITY A false sense of security may leave social networking site users vulnerable to security attacks such as hacking, leaking sensitive information, and sending viruses. Cybercriminals can gather information to be used for identity theft from social networking profiles, such as birthdays, pet names, mothers' maiden names, names of children, and other details often used in passwords and security questions Stay connected Meet New People Conduct Business Online communities enables people to stay connected with each other easily, even on an international level Six degrees of separation
Your friends’ friends’ friends’ friends’ (etc..) magically become your friends Inside the office and even internationally, people can message each other in a matter of seconds to send important information to one another. Key Word: NETWORKING Allows people to create new relationships and reconnect with friends and family. Increased communication, even online. Strengthens relationships Brings people with common interests together, and offers exposure to new ideas from around the world Lowers inhibition to overcome social anxiety Internet users have larger social networks than non-users, and using social networking sites to maintain those relationships facilitates more face-to-face interaction. Internet users are augmenting their offline social networks, not replacing them Well....
Maybe It does play a positive role… 60 million Americans received help with major life issues (changing jobs, finding a new place to live, buying a car, and caring for someone with an illness) from people in their social networks in 2006. Social media helps low-income kids become more familiar with computers and related technology. One study showed that nearly three quarters of children from poor households have profiles on MySpace or Facebook. They learned how to edit and upload photos and videos, and have become experienced in using html code to personalize their profile pages Increased quality of life and a reduction in the risk of health problems. They help improve stroke recovery, memory retention, and overall well-being Social networking sites with a specific focus help introduce people to others who are dealing with similar issues and provide information, contacts, peer support, and encouragement. IN A NUTSHELL It’s where society is headed Mass communication made easy Accessible from anywhere Build relationships Did you know?? 1. 43% of online sexual solicitors were identified as being adolescents (under 18), 30% were adults between the ages of 18 and 21, and 9% were adults over the age of 21 (as of Dec. 31, 2008). 2. Social networking and blogging sites accounted for 17% (about one in every six minutes) of all time spent on the Internet in Aug. 2009, nearly three times as much as in 2008. 3. Twitter was so important to the Iranian protests after the Iranian presidential election in June 2009 that the US State Department asked Twitter to delay a scheduled network upgrade that would have taken the website offline at a busy time of day in Iran. Twitter complied and rescheduled the downtime to 1:30 am Tehran time. 4. On Nov. 3, 2008, the day before the US presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama had 2,379,102 Facebook supporters while Republican candidate John McCain had 620,359. Obama had 833,161 MySpace friends and McCain had 217,811. Obama had 384% more Facebook supporters and 383% more MySpace friends than McCain. 5. Russians spend more time on social networking sites than people in any other country, an average of 6.6 hours per month compared to the worldwide average of 3.7 hours per month.
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