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Noel Lam
Ewrt 211
Out class Essay #1
May 8, 2013

A Double-edged Sword

Social networking is one of the biggest growing industries today and millions of people are involved globally. These sites can strengthen the social bonding between people from all over the world. The common examples of these sites are Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. Recently, the controversial issue of whether social networking sites are good or bad has attracted a lot of attention since the sites can present serious threats as well as welcome positives.

Mary Katharine Ham in her essay “We Shall Overshare ” comments that “As millions of us have taken to MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter to connect with friends, share stories, and post pictures at a speed and volume heretofore unknown, we’ve also exponentially multiplied ways to humiliate ourselves” (281) and I agree with that. In my opinion, social networking sites are like a double-edged sword. Social networking has crept into our lives like no other technology revolution in the recent past. The social media revolution has completely transformed how we used to live our lives. Social networking acts as a double-edged sword where it is advantageous in certain relationships and can damage the others potentially.

“Facebook is such a natural extension of my daily life…” (Ham 281). When it comes to social networking sites, it is true that we can easily think of the following advantages. One of the benefits of social network is to make friends. By adding friends of friends, you can have more friends to meet and hang out with. Also, a few social networks are also home to some popular celebrities, musicians, artists and authors. Imagine becoming friends with Lady GaGa and getting the opportunity to play Twenty Questions with her on chat! That would be something, right?

Another advantage of social networking sites is strengthening the relationship of people. That the social networking...
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