Social Networking is harmful because privacy is lost, social skills are forgotten and computer viruses and spam become common. I. Privacy is lost
A. A recent study commissioned by ProtectMyID.com, showed that 14% of adults surveyed list their home address within their profiles, including an alarming 20 percent of respondents ages 60 and above. Furthermore, nearly half of those polled reveal some type of family or relationship information on their pages. (“Are Online Profiles a Danger to Personal Privacy?”) B. This shows that many social networking users are having their private lives dangerously and unknowingly exposed which can lead to dangers like identity theft. C. “Some students post photographs depicting themselves violating the law or engaging in risque behavior” (Ramasastry) II. Social skills are forgotten
A. About 65% of kids 12 to 17 (and 37% of adults ages 18 and up) use a social networking site. (Della Cava, Marco R., “Friends’ No More”) B. This shows that more and more people get sucked into the world of social networking and gradually lose their social skills because they spend too much time in these social networks. C. “The nagging sense that a time-sucking habit was taking the "real" out of life.”(Della Cava) D. This shows that these social networks take what is real out of your life, which includes your social abilities. III. Computer viruses and unwanted "spam" become common A. Leading sites combat these problems with security software, but maintaining computer security is an ongoing battle. B. This supports the idea that even though social networking sites claim to be “safe”, viruses and unwanted “spam” are on the lose and harm your computer.