Social Networking: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Social Networking sites serve many purposes for its users during their daily lives. It helps people re-connect with those in which they have lost contact, whether it is after High school when your fellow classmates are dispersed around the country to different Colleges and jobs; to your aunt and uncle from Missouri that you have never met before. To your ex-girlfriend who moved away and you would like to re-kindle that relationship with. Social Networking has many positive effects on the world as it truly makes the world one big social Network. Over in Egypt they even refer to their revolution to overthrow their dictator, the “Facebook Revolution.” They concocted all of their protests and such over Facebook via private groups and even some public Facebook groups. But as much good that the Social Networking world has brought to the real world it has brought just as much negativity.

From the tragic suicide of the late Tyler Clementi, who was an 18 year old Rutgers student who was a closet gay and committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge following the release of a video of him and another male having sex, filmed by a hidden camera in his dorm left by his suspicious and nosey roommate Dharun Ravi. To stories of child abductions and online dating gone horribly wrong there have been hundreds of horror stories involving social networking sites over the last eight to ten years. The negatives far outweigh the positives when it comes to Social Networking and it has become an increasing issue in American Society.

In a personal interview that I conducted with my friends mother, Isabel Vazquez-Carvalho who is a Registered Nurse and a regular Facebook user I asked her a few questions involving social networking such as “What are the Benefits, if any, of Social Networking Sites?” as she responded with “Getting back in touch with people you haven’t been able to get in touch with in years is the biggest positive of Social Networking sites.” But when...
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