Development of Social Networks and Their Impact on Society

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The contribution of Informatics to the development of social networks and their impact on society. With the progression of technologies that are able to overcome the obstacles of time and space (e.g., airplanes, cars, the Internet), one would think that these tools would be used to gain an understanding of other cultures, meet people all over the world, maintain and strengthen familial relationships, communicate effectively with others, and help people to become more socially strong. However, some technological advances cause people to be distracted, overly stressed, and increasingly isolated. Many people are involved in an abundant number of relationships through technology, but sometimes the quantity of these associations leaves…show more content…
However, a false sense of security may leave social networking site users vulnerable to security attacks such as hacking, leaking sensitive information, and sending viruses. People trust messages sent through social networking sites and consider them more legitimate than emails. However, social networks do not scan messages for viruses or phishing scams; while most email accounts do scan the messages for spam and viruses through antivirus software. The public nature of online profiles creates security risks about which most users are unaware. Cybercriminals can gather information to be used for identity theft from social networking profiles, such as birthdays, pet names, mothers ' maiden names, names of children, and other details often used in passwords and security questions. Offline crime may result from posting personal information, like home robberies committed after a person announces vacation plans and alerts criminals when the home will be left unattended. In the final analysis, I would tell, it is apparent that technology has the potential to harm or enhance your social skills and social life. The key is to analyze how technology affects you socially. The society should pose questions for itself, as to how technologies help us build positive, meaningful relationships, or do technologies hinder this process? Are we better able to communicate, listen, and share because of
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