Social Networking Sites-Boon/Bane

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Social networking:
For years, social networking sites didn't exist, but yet people kept in touch. These days, with social networking sites becoming a part and parcel of our daily lives, there are advantages and disadvantages that come along with them. For example, you can make a friend from Timbuktu and on the flip side your account can get hacked and you can find yourself in a big mess.

A recent research revealed that teenagers tend to hide the real stuff by using code language you may never understand. Teens are basically using them to stop parents and employers from judging them on the basis of their social activities such as partying, drinking and drugs.

Instead of writing they are drunk, teens post 'Getting MWI' or mad with it', reports , a regular user says "Of course the code language exists and it is quite a trendy and potent way to say things without stating the obvious. Things are not as safe as people consider it to be. Parents do get a hang of it, but after a while."

"This lingo between teenagers has been in existence for many years. With social networking sites, it has got a different dimension. I don't see anything wrong with it."

"Every generation has its own way of communicating. We cannot judge good or bad behaviour through it, but it's the actual behavior which should be a source of concern for them than any secret language,"

It can also be a source of a rebel cause for a generation that wears Che Guevera T-shirts as Facebook addict Avirat Akre says, "Its the Gen-X way of breaking rules when they mistake parenting for pestering and tend to rebel without a cause."

"Today I was supposed to finish work at 9, but being Easter I didn't get out until 10. When I got to my boyfriend's house he questioned me about where I'd been," one participant said.

"I was able to say 'check the [device] if you don't believe me'. I then realised that in a situation where you had to prove you had been somewhere, the device...
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