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Social Networking Pros & Cons

The popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Classmates.com have rapidly increased almost 90% since 2002. These social networking sites allow users to develop profiles of their backgrounds and interests, communicate with people, and share thoughts, photos, links and even their life story. What makes these sites even more accessible, is the new sophisticated smartphone technology with built in internet capabilities.

Many users such as myself would agree social networking sites are good for our society. These online communities promote increased communication with friends and family, familiarize people with valuable computer skills, and allow contact with people from around the world. 59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social networking sites to discuss educational topics 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments. Some parents and teachers say that using these sites helps students improve their reading, writing, conflict resolution skills and helps those who find it hard to communicate verbally to express themselves. Not only users, but advertisers have found social networking sites as handy tool, they can now use such sites to promote their products and get useful feedback. However many contend that the dangers of social media outweigh the benefits. They argue that social networking sites lower worker productivity, and promote narcissism and short attention spans it has also made made it much easier for pedophiles, stalkers and sex offenders to target their victims. There’s no doubt that social networking has made society lazy to communicate in ways such as phone calls, letters ect. But why waste time phoning or writing letters which could take days to reach when in a matter of seconds you can contact someone on the other end of the world.

In my opinion social networking is one of the greatest inventions and whether you become a...
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