Do Social Networking Sites Do More Harm Than Good?

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Do Social Networking Sites Do More Harm Than Good?

A social networking site is defined as an online site that focuses on the building of social relations among people who share similar interests and/or real-life connections. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all have one thing in common; they enable users to create a profile which they use to interact with each other through integrated communication channels within the site. In Facebook alone, there are one billion monthly active users, as of October 2012, who spend over 400 monthly minutes on the social networking site. As more and more people are introduced and familiarized with such social networking sites, one question arises: Do social networking sites do more harm than good?

Social networking sites have an undeniable impact on society and human relationships, both positive and negative. However, this essay will demonstrate that social networking sites have huge negative influences on both adults and children, including decreased productivity in offices and schools, increased cyber bullying, and decreased levels of privacy.

The use of social networking sites in the workplace can be a great hindrance to the employing company. Not only can it create a significant distraction and decrease productivity drastically, causing the company to lose large amounts of money, it can also jeopardize a company’s reputation if the employees or employers post unsuitable updates or notices. Imagine that every member of a renowned company spends 20 minutes on social networking sites each day, the combined loss of productivity each year would amount to thousands and thousands of hours. In addition, social networking sites can have a devastating impact on applicants applying for jobs, as these sites often offer excellent information about the applicants for companies to check. If their profile or posts reveal something negative about them, the employers would not be likely to employ them....
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