Social Networking: Is It Really What We Need?

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Social Networking has become a daily part of the lives of teens and adults everywhere. Now, it seems there is no one who cannot be found on Facebook, or followed on Twitter. Social Networking does contain positive aspects, such as being a way to connect with far away friends and family, as well as well as negative, like cyberbullying. However overall, Social Networking has become a dangerous, manipulative, negative influence in the lives of the people today. There is no such thing as privacy in Social Networking. When one uses the site Facebook, one may believe that all information placed in a profile is private. However, Information is leaked constantly on the web. If a friend likes a status or comments, their friends will see it as…show more content…
Twitter users may have noticed many businesses offering special deals and promoting through the uses of Twitter. Twitter also was shown to have negative effects on education. According to Michael C. Burton, an author and communications consultant, he writes an article for Ragan.com stating that, “there are growing signs that excessive use of direct messaging, especially Twitter, leads to an erosion of the English language…teachers are noticing more punctuation errors, spelling mistakes, and inconsistent capitalization usually found only in text messages and Twitter posts. More students are failing English exams due to a lack of basic grammar skills.” Many teenagers, because of the 140 character block, are forced to have unintelligent conversations with bad grammar and spelling. After long turn use of having these types of conversations on twitter, it has affected the overall work of the students. Twitter does have its positive aspects as well. Twitter is free, and simple to use. Twitter also gives everyone the chance to be heard and is easy to access. One can also follow the profiles and updates of people one may want to hear from. However, the twitter users follow do not have to follow back. Also Twitter ponders to the short attention span, causing negative effects in thinking capacity. Next, these sites are addictive. Myspace, a once powerful site until the coming of Facebook, was once what everyone was talking about.
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