Social networking means the grouping of individuals into specific groups. It plays an important role in our day today life and also helps us to stay connected with our friends and relatives. Internet is now used widely for social networking. When it comes to online connections socially, websites are commonly used and they are known as social sites. These websites function like an online community of internet users many of these online community members share common interests in hobbies, religion, and lifestyles. Once you become a member of a social networking website you can begin to socialize.
Motive of these social networking sites such as twitter, Facebook etc.. involves grouping specific individuals together.
Advantages of becoming a member:
1. Worldwide Connections
If you are searching for your school friends, room mates, class mates or any one whom you really want to contact.Then there is no faster way to make a contact through any social network. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace are probably the most well known social networking communities, still there are new websites coming up regularly, which are allowing people to connect and to interact via the Internet. There are many sites which even helps in looking for a new job, finding a life partner, buying and selling products, receive technical support and so on..
2. Increased News Cycle Speed
There are many news channels which partner with some networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, YouTube, and Facebook in order to both collect and share information. Now you can get a sense of what is going on in the world just by watching trending topics from many of these sites instead of reading newspaper.
These sites have an unique feature of instant messaging, which allows you to exchange information at any time through chat. We can even find e -books available which is beneficial for all of us. You can also share your personal moments through these websites by uploading your photos and videos. These sites provides a tool which is used in your work places as well for business purpose.
Disadvantages of becoming a member
1. Cyber Crime Percentage has Increased
Frequent use of these social networking sites can expose you to harassment or inappropriate contact from others. Your personal information could be misused and you can also find cyber crime has increased. Parents need Unless parents to filter the Internet content to which their families are exposed, children could be exposed to inappropriate content.
2.No Privacy Concern
These sites invite major corporations to invade your privacy and sell your personal information. Have you ever wondered how these sites make money? Actually they make it by selling the ability to specifically target advertisements. These sites search for keywords, web browsing habits, and other data stored on your computer or social networking profile and provide you with advertisements targeted specifically to you. Let me speak very clearly these privacy policies actually are of no use.
3. Risks of Fraud
Some who is good with computer can access the information you post on the Internet. They just need some of your personal information to make your life a nightmare and if they successfully steal your identity, it could cost you dearly. It’s better to take safety measures when it comes to your own security.
4.Waste of Time
I personally believe that social networking can be a big waste of time. To some extent even it is true that time is likely spent in making and maintaining important business, social or professional connections, and we can even get distracted and end up spending valuable time on games, chats or other activities.
Take responsibility for your own safety and integrity and never join something just because it is trendy or all your friends are doing it. Always check out the advantages and disadvantages of social networking and try not to share any personal information. Make sure you make contacts with the ones whom you know personally or professionally.