How Social Networks Are Used By Young And Adults

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Social networks are tools that let us communicate with friends and family, share our lives with them, learn about theirs, and sometimes even to establish new relationships. Social networking sites are being broadly used by young and adults all over the world, being the formers, the main target market of the largest Social Network of the world, Facebook. According to recent statistics which can be found in Facebook’s home page, the site has 500 million active users around the globe, who have an average of 130 friends in their contact’s lists. The same statistics also show that it is estimated that the average user spends around 58 minutes per day browsing the site, sharing and receiving information. Facebook has several places where different types of information can be shared, some of them are: personal profiles, which contain information such as names, age, address, school, phone number, email, etc.; walls, which allow user make any type of comments on other user’s wall; and photos, where any picture can be uploaded to the site, shared with everyone who has a Facebook account, and comment by anyone who is able to see the picture. Everything ruled by privacy restrains that can be set up by the users, where they have the option to choose what they want to show and who they want to share it with. Although Facebook presents a good alternative to interact with our friends when a real face-to-face interaction is not possible, one of its main issues is the danger that it represents to the privacy of its users. Facebook is constantly reinforcing its security systems and also improving the privacy configurations available; however, these efforts do not eliminate the problem. Probably, because it is not about how safe the system is or what... ... middle of paper ... ...ege parties in his profile. The second example he gives says the following “A teaching candidate was pulled from his practicum assignment when an administrator at the school where he was assigned saw derogatory comments he had made about teachers at the school on his Facebook page”(16). These two examples clearly show that the consequences of posting and sharing private information on Facebook can produce serious problems to the users since “nothing posted to the Internet should ever be considered private” (Siegle, 16). Facebook as a social network and web site represents minimum threats to the privacy of its users compared to the risk that themselves represent to their own privacy, making the correct use of Facebook an ethical problem in today’s society. For our own good and convenience, it is our duty as users to control what we say, show and share on the internet.

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