Social Media And Social Networks

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Social networks have certainly managed to link people more effectively in the internet world than in daily life. Unfortunately, like everything in life where there is a large common good and progress in society; there is also a dark side that overshadows and produces a range of threats and consequences that must be addressed to avoid causing further damage. For example, social media can alienate people from their normal lives, and cause distractions in workplaces. Social media can also have a negative impact on cognitive skills, the health of individuals, and pose serious risks to the security of private data of individuals. One could say that today 's youth has changed the social life for a virtual life. Social networks themselves are not the problem, but will be the problem, if they are not used correctly. Social media and social networks will be a contributor to the loneliness of young adults, between the ages of 18 to 34, in modern society. According to Ethan Kross, a psychologist at the University of Michigan, claims that Facebook makes us unhappy, conforming to the results of the study conducted, "Over two weeks, Kross and his colleagues sent text messages to eighty-two Ann Arbor residents five times per day. The researchers wanted to know a few things: how their subjects felt overall, how worried and lonely they were, how much they had used Facebook, and how often they had had direct interaction with others since the previous text message. Kross found that the more people used Facebook in the time between the two texts, the less happy they felt—and the more their overall satisfaction declined from the beginning of the study until its end. The data, he argues, shows that Facebook was making them unhappy." (Konnikova). The u... ... middle of paper ... ... they are administered such sensitive data. Many social networks from their creations have generated endless debates on the limits of privacy: the use of this information for advertising and easy access to third-party applications, indexed on external websites and property rights and reproduction. According to the FBI, "Once information is posted to a social networking site, it is no longer private. The more information you post, the more vulnerable you may become. Even when using high security settings, friends or websites may inadvertently leak your information. Personal information you share could be used to conduct attacks against you or your associates. The more information shared, the more likely someone could impersonate you and trick one of your friends into sharing personal information, downloading malware, or providing access to restricted sites." (...)
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