Netiquette and Online Ethics. Ed. Noah Berlatsky. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints.
Even with all the positive effects that it has, is social networking ultimately bad for today’s society? There are multiple answers and sides to this question, but after knowing all the facts about social networking, it is obvious that social networking sites are bad for today’s society because they can cause problems for the users, they can damage teenagers’ educations, and they can pose a threat to the users’ safety and security. Social networking sites can cause increased problems to its users. Depending on what the user has posted or done on the site and where they work, it can harm their job stability and any future employment prospects. If the employer does not like what the user had said or posted, he can decide not to hire him or her or keep him or her in his business.
The use of social media by young adults has harmful psychological effects, creates antisocial effects, and negatively consumes time. Social media has harmful psychological effects on young adults. Social websites generate cyber bullying, depression, and a lack of independence. Cyber bullying is extremely prevalent among young adult users of social media. Many young adults claim they “have seen more bullying over the internet than in real life” .
The overuse of Facebook among today’s society has allocated a new kind of virtual existence to people of all ages. Increasing research on social media's effects on human interaction has revealed the development of antisocial behavior, narcissism and a slew of other character flaws and negative by-products. Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites and believed to be a cause of venue for social media addiction. Facebook implants the seed of an obsessive- compulsive behavior that leads to over thinking every status update and how many people liked it. Facebook has also been known to cause problems in relationships leading to secrets and jealousy.