THE POSITIVE PART
Social networking Web sites are helping businesses advertise, thus social networking Web sites are benefiting businesses - economically.
Social networking Web sites are helping education by allowing teachers and coaches to post club meeting times, school projects, and even homework on these sites.
Social networking Web sites are enabling advancements in science and medicine. Job hunting
Stay in touch with friends
THE NEGATIVE PART
The very nature of such sites encourages users to provide a certain amount of personal information. But when deciding how much information to reveal, people may not exercise the same amount of caution on a Website as they would when meeting someone in person. This happens because: * the Internet provides a sense of anonymity;
* the lack of physical interaction provides a false sense of security * they tailor the information for their friends to read, forgetting that others may see it. Sharing too much information on social networking sites can be problematic in two ways: firstly, it can reveal something about you that you’d rather your current or future employer or school administrator not know, and second, it can put your personal safety at risk. Another potential downside of social networking sites is that they allow others to know a person’s contact information, interests, habits, and whereabouts. Consequences of sharing this information can range from the relatively harmless but annoying—such as an increase in spam—to the potentially deadly—such as stalking. Another great issue of concern with social networking web sites is that of child safety. Research has shown that almost three out of every four teenagers who use social networking web sites are at risk due to their lack of using online safety. (Joly, Karine, 2007) A lot of the web sites do have an age requirement but it is easily bypassed by the lying about of one’s age. Even if they don’t lie about their age...
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