Thesis Paper on Social Networking

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Emmanuel Colon
Mrs. Albuquerque
English IIII
22 March 2011
Social Networking
Social networking has been around for years whether it’s facebook, twitter, youtube, myspace, etc. It has been studied since the beginning of the 20th century. A social network service is a web site that allows people to create a public profile for everyone to see. There are both positive and negative effects of social networking. Facebook is the most used and populated website on the web. Facebook was launched seven years ago and has already attracted over a half a billion people around the world and it still continues to grow. Three years ago facebook wasn’t as a popular as it is now with only 8 % of the U.S. population signed on to facebook. Today, more than half of Americans over the age of twelve have a facebook profile. For twelve year olds to have a facebook profile of their own is just unsafe. There are a lot of strangers that they can come across and not even know it.

There isn’t an exact number of a certain race because more and more people connect to these social networking sites every day. However, Caucasians are likely to use facebook, Hispanics are most likely to use myspace, and Asians and African-Americans are least likely to use myspace, but like Caucasians, Asians and African-Americans use facebook.

Facebook has more than 500 million active users in which 50 % log in on a daily basis. It is said that the information on your facebook page can be in the hands of advertisers and tracking companies. On twitter, however, there are 11.5 million people currently using this site. There are more women using this site than men. Lastly, 21 percent of users on twitter have never posted a tweet, or status. What’s different about facebook and twitter is that on twitter you don’t have anything to worry about unless you give out your email address and password, but who would do that. There isn’t really any information that others can steal from you. There are an uncertain...
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