Social networking sites can be defined as websites designed to allow multiple users to publish content themselves. These sites typically allow users to create a “profile” describing themselves and to exchange public or private messages and list other users or groups they are connected in some way. Lately, we will be able to see that many people are misusing social networking sites and this would eventually affect people lifestyles.
Firstly, social networking sites entice people to spend more time online and less time interacting face-to-face. The hours per day of face-to-face socializing have declined as the use of social media has increased. People who use these websites frequently are prone to social isolation. Parents spend less time with their children and couples spend less time together even when they live in the same house, because they are using the Internet instead of interacting with each other. For example, the existence of these sites such as Facebook encourages people to voice out by posting their opinion on the websites but not through their mouth. This is a serious case as it would affect the development of soft skills which are essential to people these days. Unable to speak fluently would make people lose self-confidence while talking and people wouldn’t be able to express themselves. These sites offer many time wasting activities that supplant more productive activities too. Nowadays, people would spend many hours playing Facebook games such as Tetris, Poker and many others. The use of social networking sites can cause personality and brain disorders in children too, such as the inability to have real conversations, limited attention spans, a need for instant gratification and others.
Besides that, teens growing up with these sites may not be aware that the information they post is public and that photos and text can be retrieved even after deletion. Although social networking sites allow for creative expression in a new...
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