Essay about Negative Effects of Social Networking

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Social Networking has been on the rise at an astonishing pace in recent years. In 1992, less than five million people in the United States used email (Goodale). In a 2010 study conducted by Miriam Geller, Yahoo! Mail's Director of Product Management, it was recorded that more than 270 million people access Yahoo! email alone (Brownlow). This exemplifies the incredible amount of popularity the internet has gained in the short span of eighteen years. Formal letters and phone calls have long been forgotten, being replaced with this new wave of technological communication called Social Networking. Social Networking is defined as using websites that allow users to share content, interact, and develop communities around similar interests.…show more content…
They are becoming increasingly narcissistic and feel they can take on anything the world throws at them, highlighting their accomplishments in very public ways online (Kelsey 7). Teenagers especially are becoming progressively reliant on the use of Mobile Social Networking Software (MoSoSo) to the point of obsession. With networks that are willing to modify their entire website at the click of a button, it is no wonder internet addiction is growing to be extremely prevalent. In a recent survey conducted at Raymond S. Kellis High School, ninety-four percent of all participating students were a part of at least one social networking site. Likewise, almost twenty percent of the students divulged that they spend thirteen or more hours on those websites per week (Topilko). For some, the computer is a valuable tool used for work or education; for countless children and adults alike, the habitual, superfluous need for these types of online interactions can muddle basic judgments. Consequently, generations are becoming more susceptible to tricks and viruses multiplying and spreading seemingly overnight. Not only are the masterminds behind the swanky internet attractions constantly modifying, adding to, and improving those sites, but the pace at which virus creators are keeping up is wickedly brilliant. A recent comprehensive study by Kaiser Family Foundation, found that kids ages eight through eighteen actually
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