Hon English 4
Social Networking: the Parasite of Today
“The Internet as we know it is the 21st century.” (Source G). The internet today is the basis of the human lifestyle. People often rely on the internet for countless reasons, such as looking up information about a topic, virtual online gaming, and even watching favorite shows online. Among these reasons is the major subject, social networking. Social networking, through websites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, allows people worldwide to interact with each other and “is transforming how people find and share information and how they connect and collaborate with one another.” (Source E). This may seem as a beneficial tool to the way humans socialize, but these social networking websites bring far more than just socialization. Social Networking brings weaknesses to the human society through Internet bullying, procrastination or distraction, and even affecting a people’s health and behavior.
Internet bullying is one of the many troubles people face while interacting on these social networking websites. Internet bullying is as simple as belittling someone or something online over the internet. People often get bullied online and it can affect how that person carries out his day to day lifestyle. A simple status on Facebook about a person, such as “He’s a loser” or “She’s a slut” can impact the way a person is perceived. This brings up the problem in social networking as how quickly information is passed around. Tyler Clementi, an 18 year-old student that enrolled at Rutgers University was a victim of internet bullying. He had committed suicide, “after learning that his college roommate had video recorded him during a sexual encounter with another man.”(Source H). His college roommate named Dharun Ravi video recorded Clementi and had posted to twitter these images of him kissing another man. As a result of embarrassment Clementi decided suicide is his escape,...