Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media

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Advantages and Disadvantages of social media
Tabitha
HUM/186
May 7, 2012
University of Phoenix

Advantages and Disadvantages of social media
In today’s world, many people depend on the internet for news and entertainment, yet other people worry about how reliable it can really be. Now days you can sign on the internet and find any information that you want, from the weather, to the news, to your favorite video. Many people have started to rely on the internet for research for school, but with anyone being able to post anything, how do you know what you find is creditable?
There are many advantages of easily obtainable information on the internet, such as services, searching things, and being able to download things. The internet
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(Ambekar 2008) This leads to the next thing, accuracy. When you find information online, you have to make sure it’s reliable, and accurate. Anyone can write or post something on the internet, so you always check to make sure what you are reading is actually coming from a reliable source.
Credibility issues are a huge thing that people need to worry about now since the internet is such a success. Anyone is able to find or post anything they want on the internet. Additionally, there are no universal standards for posting information online, and digital information may be easily altered, plagiarized, misrepresented, or created anonymously under false pretenses (Metzger 2007). With that being the case, it is very hard to find out what you find on the web could actually be creditable. Unless you know where the sources are coming from directly and if they are creditable, it is always best to research it, making sure what you are reading is legit.
Moving on to social media, which has become a smashing success in today’s economy, there are many ups and downs that people see. Some of the advantages of social media is being able to make connections with other people that share the same interests, staying in contact with friends and family members in other areas of the world, flexibility, and free. With social media, you have opportunities to meet people where you live, or even in
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