The Use of Social Networking Sites

1657 Words Dec 13th, 2012 7 Pages
By

Ogechi Ebere
By

Ogechi Ebere
Their Advantages, Abuses and Dangers.
Their Advantages, Abuses and Dangers.
The Use of Social Networking Sites
The Use of Social Networking Sites

Introduction:
Human beings by and large are social. They feel an inherent need to connect and expand their connections. There is a deep rooted need among humans to share.
In the past, due to geographical distances and economic concerns, connections between people were limited. A social network is made up of individuals that are connected to one another by a particular type of interdependency. It could be ideas, values, trade, anything. Social networks operate on many levels. Initially social networking happened at family functions where all relative and friends
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2) Reducing Worker Productivity
There has been evidence to suggest social networking sites are harming businesses. Their employees are wasting time right throughout the day by participating in social networking sites rather than actually working. It has been stated that Facebook alone is accountable to wasting more than £130 million a day in the UK.
3) How Much Do Social Networking Sites Know?
Perhaps social networking sites have learnt a bit too much information for comfort, Facebook knows via their program 'Facebook Beacon' that analyses our natural online behaviour - how long we are on the internet for, how often we visit certain websites etc. They monitor your activity even when you aren't actually even logged in to Facebook!
4) Potential to Cause Harm
There has been many reported cases, where fake accounts have been made, that lead to horrific tragedies. Such as in October 2006 a fake MySpace account was created that was given the name of Josh Evans that was closely linked to the suicide of Megan Meier.

5) The Case of Cyber-Bullying
As many young teenagers are using social networking sites as a form of communication, this just provides bullies with another opportunity to traumatise their victims. With few
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