Social Networking and Society

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Social Networking Sites and Society


Social networking sites, the most popular one being Facebook, have been developed and expanded in the last 15 years. Everyday I log onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube and observe a large amount of negativity, hate, false information, and wasted time. Although social networking sites are useful for connecting with others, the damage done to our minds and emotions is more significant and validate that social media is not good for society.


Merriam-Webster's online dictionary acknowledges social media as “a form of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content” (1). Social media was not imagined until the world wide web was created and websites begin to emerge for internet users to explore. People begin to want to share ideas and interests via the internet therefore, email and AOL was created. Later Friendster, Myspace, and then Facebook were created. Facebook ended up surpassed both sites in prominence. In 2012, Facebook achieved a billion user. Today, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, and Twitter are among the most popular and used sites (Curtis 1 - 7). Because social networking sites are so influential with billions of users, determining if they are beneficial or harmful to society would benefit society because could change what is harmful.

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The use of social networking sites and mental and personality disorders have been proven to be connected. Tony Dokoupil, a writer for NewsWeek, points out a UCLA study that proved social networking sites change over brain. They compared social media users to non-user and found the prefrontal cortexes to b...

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