Social networking sites are a new revolution that deserves our attention, as we ourselves are part of this revolution. Social networking is an umbrella term that refers to the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and construction of words, pictures, audio and videos. Simply put, social networking is about the million of conversations that take place all over the world on social networking sites, which includes Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, online forums, etc. Proponents of online communities insist that they facilitate communication and connection globally, serves as a new business arena, and brings together people of common interests and allows them to air their views with no restrictions. Opponents of social networking sites however, argue that social networking sites make children vulnerable to online predators and identity thief, lowers worker productivity, and leads to huge time wastage. Personally, I believe that social networking sites do have their role and purpose in society, as long as they are utilized properly. Once again a new craze of communication has struck among people today. From cell phones, to texting, to instant messaging and now there is social networking. However, unlike cell phones, these sites have been starting many controversies on everything from who is on your “Top Friends” list to privacy issues. These sites have been accepted among teens as a part of their culture today, yet many parents and seniors are curious or concerned. Many who are concerned claim that these sites are dangerous, hurtful, and overall unhealthy. Seniors should accept the use of social networking sites because they allow people to express themselves, share their ideas, stay connected to people, and be involved.
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