Positive And Negative Effects Of Social Networking

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“Like all revolutions, the social networking revolution is accompanied by concerns and questions about whether the changes have wrought something better or something worse.” (Szumski and Karson ¶ 4) The social networking revolution has come a long way in its accessibility and effectiveness and has become a great resource for many people. But with its benefits come more serious downfalls that need to be acknowledged and dealt with. While social networking can be used as a clear, accessible source, for communication, social networking also has several negative effects on a person in ways such as socially, mentally, and physically; by limiting internet time, restricting the accessibility, and monitoring what kids are doing, social networking…show more content…
It not only affects the user, but also the people around them, and the effects are more serious than most people know. In a article written by Shivani Jain, Rakesh Sharma and Sushil they explain that By using social networking in the wrong way can cause behavior or a narcissistic and antisocial behavior in children. (Jain and Sharma et al. ¶ 18) A problem comes when people create relationships over the internet and beleive that it is a true genuine relationship. In a study done by The Royal Society Open Science Organization, they found that social network users only feel as though 27.6% of their onlines friends are people that would be there for them in hard times like a real friends. (Dunbar ¶11) Children have a hard time understanding that social networking is not always real and accurate. As awesome as it is that we can meet new people on the internet that we would likely not meet in person, unfortunately it cannot be certain exactly who it is we are making a connection with. In an article from Gale Cengage Learning, a columnist for the Times, Eleanor Mills exclaims that the skills that create long lasting friendships needed in life by everyone are not being portrayed by social networking sites. She continues to explain that the relationships developed and maintained on the internet should not be taken as seriously as the relationships in real life. (Mills ¶) By not teaching kids what it takes to make real life relationship it is going to be a problem when they
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