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Social networking: Better or worst than real life?

Social networking has become the most popular communication sites for teens, adult and anyone in between. For teens this compasses a large part of their lives. Social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space and Belize Book are popular sites visited often by friend seekers, time wasters or time catchers. On these sites people communicate with old friends, make and chat with new friends and even start new romantic or friendly relationships. In reality social network sites are not always good; many times we encounter internet predators or people we don’t know or should not interact with on these sites. This could result in us getting into problem. And we must take into consideration the huge impact social networking has on our communication and writing skills, our interactions and our relationships with our peers and others. These sites somehow impair our ability to communicate with others in the ‘offline world’.

First, let’s take into consideration the impact these social network sites have on our personal life; meaning our relationships with our peers, be it your best friend, friend or boy friend/ girl friend. If we form a relationship ‘online’ and we have never meet that person ‘offline’ then it is not a real relationship. I mean you don’t even talk to that person, you do not know what or how that person is like. Yes, you know the person on the internet but is he or she who he or she claims. What if you think you are ‘in a relationship’ with a 17 year old but in reality your ‘boy friend’ is a 35 year old sex predator? This happens a lot when it comes to internet dating. If we live our lives on social networks then we lose out from the real world. While we are busing ‘chatting’ with your new friend your real friends are left on the outside. We lose a sense of being with the real world; we focus on our ‘cyber-life’ instead of our real life. We also lose the ability to interact with people in the...