Social networking is the rage of this age. Social networks are formed when people sharing certain interests including hobbies, religion, politics, etc., coalesce into groups or communities. In modern times it refers more to online communities because this is where most social networks tend to exist. To facilitate such social networking, there are many websites. These social networking sites include Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Twitter, Fropper, etc. Such sites help people to keep in touch with each other and also connect with long lost friends from school and college. Social networking may have some cons but if used properly it can be a very useful device. When used properly it can help you stay in touch with people you wouldn’t normally be able to like friends or family overseas. Instead of having to call or write a letter you can just talk over the internet. It may not only be family or friends that you want to talk to, there might be someone that you like but don’t have the confidence to talk to them. You can build up your confidence over the internet and not worry about stumbling over your words. One of the arguments that people who are against social networking is that it can reduce face to face contact but if you use it well then It can actually increase it. You can organize things very easily compared to other ways like over the phone. Things like Facebook can be very helpful if used right but that can be the problem.
People may feel they are being social but online interaction is no substitute for face to face contact. “Facebook is a tool. I compare it to a car: you can drive to isolate yourself from others or you can drive to meet people. If you use Facebook to increase face-to-face contact, it increases social capital.” It can help people but only if you do the right thing. People can upload photos and videos through these sites and share them with their circle of friends. This can be a really bad thing about social networking, it can...
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