While Social Networking is a positive experience, it can also have a negative effect on people. Social Networking has exploded through-out the world because due to many people both young and old, have turned to Social Networking in order to keep in contact with both family and friends, Students have used Social Network as a learning tool as well as for support, whether it is for school work or just for moral support through the many different types of Social Networking sites. There are several different types of Social Networking sites. The more popular sites are Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Blogging sites are also considered to be a part of Social Networking. I will go through each of the main three Social Networking sites. The first Social Network site I will be discussing is Facebook. Below is a little diagram full of Facebook statistics. http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics .
Facebook is one of the most popular sites for friends and family to share things with. There are different settings to which you choose who is able to view your information. This is a great website to inform family and friends as to what is presently going on in your life. You can view and share pictures, play games in which you can compete amongst one another, making it a fun experience. The second Social Network is MySpace. MySpace has many different features such as karaoke, ability to create your own profile to look exactly the way you want it to. You can add widgets, videos, or even create a music play list. There was a point in time where MySpace was the most popular Social Network. When Facebook came along, MySpace’s popularity went down hill. While Facebook is holding at 750 million users, MySpace has 110 million active monthly users around the world.
In the United States, 1 in 4 people are active on MySpace and on average 300,000 new people sign up to MySpace every day. http://www.imview.com/help.html. The third and final site I will be discussing is Twitter. Twitter is a website that basically gives you ability to follow other people who are members of Twitter. You can follow stars, friends, family, co-workers and even television programs. For instance there was a show I watched called “The Voice”. You could go to the twitter website and read posts from the contestants, judges, host and other fans. Facebook reports approximately 90 million users in the US and 300 million active users worldwide (as of Sep. 15, 2009), MySpace reports more than 32 million US users and 130 million worldwide (as of Aug. 4, 2009), and Twitter has an estimated 54 million users worldwide (as of Oct. 13, 2009). 35% of adults and 65% of teens in America who use the Internet have profiles on social networking sites (procon.org). Below is a chart showing the difference between all three social networks. The chart is based off the statistics in 2009. Each network has grown tremendously since 2009.
What exactly are some pros and cons? The pros and cons are similar to just about anything else out there in the world. Just like if you were to go purchase a new vehicle. Each Vehicle would have pros as well as cons or if you need to go to the grocery store, you’re going to have pros and cons as to when is the best time to go or even what brand you wish to prove. The internet is no different. Here are some pros and cons you may come across when you are participating in social networking: Social networking sites allow people to create new relationships and reconnect with friends and family
To make social networking sites safer for children, the sites have minimum age requirements Social media sites are expanding from general interest to more specific uses that benefit society. Along with the pros, come the cons. Some may feel there are more pros verses cons and vice versa. Here is another small list of cons: Social networking sites entice people to spend more time online and less time interacting face-to-face. The hours per day of face-to-face socializing have declined as the use of social media has increased. A false sense of security may leave social networking site users vulnerable to security attacks such as hacking, leaking sensitive information, and sending viruses Realizing this is just examples of some of the pros and cons for social networking. It is our responsibility to make sure we keep our self as well as our children safe on the internet.
Social networking as we can see, has its up and downs ..Social network has become very populat for college students. When I was in school you didn’t hear much to nothing at all about social networking. Today, the educators are leaning more and more towards social networking. Theres some instructors that communicate with their students out of school through a social network. They do this in case a student needs assistance with their homework or they may post extra homework on the site, pertaining to the social networking aspects. Therefore, schools must embrace and provide opportunities for teachers to utilize social networking in a responsible and structured manner to support academics. Because mass communication has such tremendous possibilities to motivate and tap intellect, schools must provide the avenues for students to take part. Academic social networking is the answer. It combines aspects of social networking with an academic focus as the teacher guides students in a virtual constructive learning environment. By incorporating academic social networking opportunities into lessons, schools can take the first steps in incorporating digital citizenship–“the framework for understanding appropriate technology use”–into school as it relates to mass communication technology. (2009)
Along with the positive side of social networking comes the negative side. Social network can either be a positive experience or a negative experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s a child or adult, a man or a woman. Anyone who participates in the social network activites runs a risk of running into very devistating bullying. There have been many lives taken, by suicide or murder. I go into chatrooms and there is constantly someone bullying another person. It gets very out of hand. Some threaten each other anywhere from frying their computer to doing actual physical harm to the other. It gets mighty ridiculous. MSNBC has had many episodes of cyber bullying and kids. The following is a link to view one of the many episodes http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/38827403#38827403.
A crucial difference between bullying through technology and face-to-face bullying is that with face-to-face bullying the victim is usually safe when at home. By using technology, however, bullies are able to reach victims no matter where they are and the abuse intrudes into the victim’s personal space. Furthermore, while changing schools can be a useful strategy for victims of ‘traditional’ bullying, the reach of technology means that bullying can continue in, or even be transferred to, the new school. (Kowalski, R. M.; Limber, S. P.; Agatston, P., 2008)
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