Social Media And Social Networking

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The Internet has become an integral part of life and social media continues to be one of the most popular communication platforms. Social networks are defined as member-based websites and applications that allow users to communicate with others or find others who share similar interests to their own (Lecture two, 2016). The introduction of Web 2.0 has caused a revolution in social networking, with the use of social networking sites (SNSs) becoming an everyday practice in today’s Western society (Lecture two, 2016). Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have prompted debates regarding the advantages and disadvantages of these sites, and the positive or negative consequences for users (Chan & Saqib, 2015). Advantages of social networking include the ability to connect with others in a convenient and accessible manner. Users are able share their experiences, opinions and ideas with users who share similar or dissimilar viewpoints, as well keep users aware and informed of global news and events. Social networking provides a platform for social commerce by allowing businesses to grow through instant communication and collaboration between workers, consumers and stakeholders. However, there are also many disadvantages associated with social networking’ as individuals are exposed to hacking, fraud, stalking and identity theft from online predators. While cyber bullying is a common occurrence affecting an individual’s psychological, behavioural and emotional well-being

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