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Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Bebo. Do any of these names sound familiar? I'm going to paint you a picture, of how social networking affects our interpersonal relationships. Social networking is affecting numerous aspects of our lives, such as the work place, our love life, our identity, and how we spend our spare time. Did you know that fifty-four percent of companies prohibit the use of social networking, but fifty-seven percent of employees admit to using social networks during work time for personal use? Social networks such as Twitter, MySpace, and even games such as Black Ops are addictive, and hold a high priority in many people's lives. Twenty percent of all divorce cases are directly caused by Facebook. Complaints…show more content…
First of all, and most importantly, you want security. Is the network you are joining ensuring security of personal information, and do you have the ability to lock your profile from everyone, with the exception of the people you choose to allow? Secondly, you want to make sure there is the ability to make a profile. This allows family or friends to find you much easier if you have a picture, or personal markers that help friends know if they found the person they're looking for. And finally, legitimate friend focus. Ensure the network you're joining doesn't have spam, and you're able to reject friend requests from people you don't know, or want to avoid, such as: internet stalkers, predators, hackers, and so on. I'd like to point out that social networks have positive and negative effects on interpersonal relationships. They're a large part of our lives which affect work, love, and our identities. They ease our boredom, reconnect us to friends and family, and ensure people are following the law. We can use these networks in our everyday lives, but we have to know when to draw the line. Social networks are defining a new meaning of friendship more and more every day, but the question is: are we networking ourselves to

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