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Social Networking - Curse or Blessing?

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Professional Issues:
Computing and Society Presenters:

Cornelius Oludeyi - 1019455
David Connor - 1009882
Iulian Miron - 0712419 Social Networking:
Curse or Blessing? Social networking is the grouping of individuals who share common interests or activities. From the public's viewpoint •They allow those who are shy or have trouble making friends to socialize more easily. That’s also true for those with disabilities. (Gideon, M., 2012)

•They provide another option for those looking to date but are unable to find the right person. (Gideon, M., 2012)

•As an extension of the above points there have been several recorded occurrences where relationships have also formed over social network (Gideon, M., 2012)

•Make it easy to organize an event and invite your friends (Strickland, J.,NA)

•They allow people to reacquaint with old friends or those who live far away. (Urban, M., 2012) PRO CON •It makes identity theft easier (Qing, L.,Y., 2010)

•Social networking can be both overwhelming and addictive at the same time. (Strickland, J.,NA)

•Social networks encourage online bullying of users especially teenagers by other users. People are not only physically bullied but social networks paved way for cyber-bullying which happens to at least one out of every ten teenagers. (Pokin, S., 2007)

•Online interaction can become a substitute for actual meetings, which can hurt social development and isolate users. (Urban, M., 2012)

•They destroy marriages by providing covert connections with others that lead to infidelity. (Urban, M., 2012) From a business/organizations standpoint PRO • Is a very effective method of advertisement to businesses hosting events (Strickland, J.,NA)

• They allow businesses to market themselves inexpensively. (Klein, K., 2008)

• Many sites allow users to create special pages for bands or theater companies for promotion via their social network (NA.,2012)

• Social networking sites have also enabled companies to send their products directly to their targeted audiences around the world, this results a significant effect upon sales as it reduces possible misuse of advertisement budgets.

• They allow professionals to network more easily. (example Skype) CON •However social networking also proves to act as a disadvantage to companies that require employees with good communication skills and outgoing personalities such as retailers and client based businesses. (N/A, 2008)

•They can also result in a loss in productivity, especially for those who compulsively check or update their profile. (N/A, 2008)

•Has also proven to be a distraction to those in an academic environment (Flad, K., N/A) From employee perspective PRO CON •Online interaction can become a substitute for actual meetings, which can hurt social development and isolate users. (Urban, M., 2012)

•They can also result in a loss in productivity, especially for those who compulsively check or update their profile. (N/A, 2008)

•They can be costly to those who post regrettable information or photos that are discovered by colleagues or prospective employers. Once information goes online, it never goes away. (Urban, M., 2012) Conclusion In conclusion to our research we feel that Social Networking is a blessing, although it does come with its fair share of cons. As with everything in life these cons can be limited and prevented in most instances. These
instances can include:

• Amount of Data being shared
• Agreed association References The most popular variation are web-based social networking services like: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, which allow users to form connections across political, economic and geographic borders. We'll cover these topics today:

1. What is social networking?
2. Short history
Effects of social networks from :
3. The viewpoint of the public
4. A business standpoint
5. An employees perspective
6. Our conclusions
Questions From the public's viewpoint •They allow those who are shy or have trouble making friends to socialize more easily. That’s also true for those with disabilities.

•They provide another option for those looking to date but are unable to find the right person.

•As an extension of the above points there have been several recorded occurrences where relationships have also formed over social network

•Make it easy to organize an event and invite your friends

•They allow people to reacquaint with old friends or those who live far away. PRO CON •It makes identity theft easier

•Social networking can be both overwhelming and addictive at the same time. If you join every social network and add hundreds of people as friends, you'll receive updates constantly. You'll have a lot of noise to filter out if you want to find something specific. And you may find yourself checking for updates several times throughout the day when you really should be doing something else.

•Online interaction can become a substitute for actual meetings, which can hurt social development and isolate users.

•They destroy marriages by providing covert connections with others that lead to infidelity. – (there is a ridiculous story about a marriage break up, that one partner within the couple had virtual sex online)??????????????

•They bring out the nastiest conversation, because participants feel anonymous, or at least have some distance from those they are insulting.

•They cause users to spend less time outdoors and to be less active. – (could relate to the increase in obesity increase in Britain in particular) From a business standpoint PRO • Is a very effective method of advertisement to businesses hosting events

• They allow businesses to market themselves inexpensively.

• Many sites allow users to create special pages for bands or theater companies for promotion via their social network

• Social networking sites have also enabled companies to send their products directly to their targeted audiences around the world, this results a significant effect upon sales as it reduces possible misuse of advertisement budgets. for example pitching to an audience with no need for their products and expecting profit from this act. (Facebook sending specific advertisement to their users based on their liked pages).

• They allow professionals to network more easily. (example Skype) CON •However social networking also proves to act as a disadvantage to companies that require employees with good communication skills and outgoing personalities such as retailers and client based businesses.

•They can also result in a loss in productivity, especially for those who compulsively check or update their profile. From employee perspective PRO CON •Online interaction can become a substitute for actual meetings, which can hurt social development and isolate users.

•They can be costly to those who post regrettable information or photos that are discovered by colleagues or prospective employers. Once information goes online, it never goes away. > McCorvey, J., 2010. How to Use Social Networking Sites to Drive Business[online]Available at: << http://www.inc.com/guides/using-social-networking-sites.html >> [Accessed on 03/11/12]

Brottlund, B., 2009. Companies using Social Networking to Boost Sales[online]Available at: << http://www.resourcenation.com/blog/companies-using-social-networking-to-boost-sales/ >> [Accessed on 03/11/12]

Klein, K., 2008. Are Social Networking Sites Useful for Business?[online]Available at: << http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2008-08-06/are-social-networking-sites-useful-for-business-businessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice >> [Accessed on 03/11/12]

Winkler, S., N/A. Are social networks good for job productivity?[online]Available at: << http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/information/social-networks-and-job-productivity1.htm >> [Accessed on 04/11/12]

N/A, 2008. Executives divided over pros and cons of social networking[online]Available at: << http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240086071/Executives-divided-over-pros-and-cons-of-social-networking >> [Accessed on 04/11/12]

Strickland, J.,NA.What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?.[online]Available at: <<http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/information/pros-cons-social-networking2.htm>> [Accessed 4th Nov. 2012]

Urban, M., 2012.The pros and cons of social media.[online] Available at:<<http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=412755>> [Accessed 4th Nov. 2012]

Gideon, M., 2012.The way we love now: couples who meet online.[online]Available at: <<http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/29/love-online-dating-websites-facebook>> [Accessed 4th Nov. 2012]

NA.,2012.Are social networking sites good for our society?.[online]Available at: <<http://socialnetworking.procon.org/>> [Accessed 4th Nov. 2012]

Ronca, D.,NA.Are social networking sites addictive?.[online]Available at: <<http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/information/social-networking-sites-addictive.htm>> [Accessed 4th Nov. 2012]

Kennedy, J.,NA.Job Search: Pros and Cons of Online Social Networking.[online]Available at: <<http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/job-search-pros-and-cons-of-online-social-networki.html>> [Accessed 4th Nov. 2012]

Rosenwald, S.M,2012. Can facebook help overcome shyness?, The Washington post [online] <<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/12/AR2011021203069.html>> [Accessed 2nd November, 2012]

Whittle,S, 2007. Social networking: Not as inclusive as you think, zdnet [online]Available at: <<http://www.zdnet.com/social-networking-not-as-inclusive-as-you-might-think-3039290559/>> [Accessed 4th November, 2012]

Qing,L,Y,2010. Identity theft ‘almost effortless’ in social networks, zdnet [online] Available at:
<< http://www.zdnet.com/identity-theft-almost-effortless-in-social-networks-2062062905/>> [Accessed 5th November, 2012]

Unknown,2012. Social networks ‘harder to give up than cigarettes and alcohol’, Mail Online.[online] Available at: <<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2095464/Social-networks-addictive-cigarettes-alcohol.html>> [Accessed 5th November,2012]

Flad, K., N/A.The Influence of Social Networking Participation on Student Academic Performance Across Gender Lines. [online] Available at: <<http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1030&context=edc_theses>> [Accessed 5th November,2012]

Anonymous, 2011. History of Social Networks.[online] Available at: <<http://blog.inceptsaves.com/files/2011/02/history-of-social-media.png>> [Accessed 5th November,2012] •Staying in touch with professionals in the same line of work can lead to better job opportunities Short History of Social Networking (N/A, 2011)
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