Social networking is like small rural communities, filled with millions of individuals who are looking to meet other people. Social networking is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, social networking makes communication and sharing easier and even business models are using them. However, when such practices are becoming more common, people are less likely to question about the dangers and start using it as well. Up till this day, people are increasingly thinking that sharing and communicating online are more important than privacy and security (Elsas, 2008). The purpose of this paper is to further raise awareness of the benefits and harms of social networking. It also covers examples of why people should pay more attention to dangers they might encounter before posting anything online.
While there are plenty of dangers while social networking, there are certain potential advantages when it comes to communicating and sharing online. Social networking provides better chances for people to communicate and build up relationships with one another and it is also important to encourage others to build positive relationships with others online. 3.1. Gaining social confidence online
Children improve relationships with friends that they have never met online (Pekel, 2012). For example, making friends online before meeting them, allows them to get to know the other better before meeting up. This usually works with situations such as going to a new school or meeting new friends. 3.2. Users find support from online communities.
There are thousands of different online communities in the internet for users to join. Such communities are important for users who have unique interests and who are isolated (Pekel, 2012). These communities allow users to create groups online in search for other users that are also interested in similar interests.
3.3. Keeping in touch
Sharing of videos, photos or...