Although people have been using the internet to connect with others since the early 1980s, it is only in the last decade that social networking services have proliferated and their use has become a widespread practice – particularly amongst young people . Social networking services can be defined as: [W]eb-based services that allow individuals to(1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system,(2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and(3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site . Times have surely changed. Social networking sites are now available to cater to one’s immediate social needs. These networking sites have made it possible for us to chat with friends who live in distant places as well as share with them pictures and videos of whatever we are up to instantly. Today, it is very hard to find a teenager who doesn’t have a Yahoo, a Gmail, a Facebook, or a Twitter account which they use to keep in touch with friends, to express or share what they have in mind and to use for school-related purposes. No doubt, Social Networking Sites are of great help in the youth’s daily life; however, it has positive and negative effects which depend on how a person will utilize it.
Benefits of Social
Networking Service Use
There is evidence of a broad range of benefits to young people associated with the use of SN.these are Creativity, Media Literacy, Formal Educational Outcomes, Informal Education and Learning, Individual Identity and Self-Expression, Strengthening Social Relationships, Belonging and Collective Identity, Building and Strengthening Communities, Civic and Political Participation, Self-Efficacy and Wellbeing.
Among them I will describe some point briefly..
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