Social Network Sites Are A Past Craze Or Today?

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1. Introduction
There has been a lot of discussions about whether social network sites are a past craze or here to stay. In this essay, the concept of a social network site is narrower than that of social media, a social network can be defined as “ A dedicated website or other application which enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, images” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/social-network?q=social+network, no date). This means that the type of social network is independent from the type of media sharing websites, such as YouTube, and the type of Micro-blogging, such as Twitter. These social networks are often household names, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Belo. In fact, up to the second quarter of 2015, there were 1.49 billion monthly active users in Facebook (Statista, 2015). It’s clear that people like using social networking sites, interacting and sharing with other users which they can add as friends. Therefore, it is hard to say social networks are a passing fashion.

Although Bilge et al (2009) have argued that social networks will impose great harm both on users and society, others hold a different view and claim that this is not the case and social networks might not disappear, because they have many advantages for the users themselves and for the community. Thus, this essay will attempt to demonstrate that the need of belonging, self-presentation, and social interactions are the fundamental

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