THE INTERNET: WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES?

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Technology has transformed modern society, not only through the internet, but also with the invention of social networks. Social Networking Sites (“SNS”) provides modern society with many advantages. Most of these advantages include: the contributions to major business companies, the evolvement of mass communications, the establishment of online educational sites, the dissemination of health information for patients, etc. On the contrary, SNS has triggered many overwhelming disadvantages as well. Those disadvantages include the deprivation of privacy, lack of interpersonal skills, and a dependency to digital media. When an individual participates in social networking sites, they unknowingly volunteer into sharing their private information with that particular website, and associated sites as well. Not only does SNS utilize their user’s personal information, but the government as well monitors all user’s daily usage. For example, many users fail to read and understand the terms and conditions provided by social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These social sites state that upon agreeing to the terms and conditions, they are authorized to share, modify, and alter all post made by agreed users. Users who participate in these social sites are being constantly monitored the government. Not only are our comments analyzed, but our cell phones and computers are also. The government has put modern society on transparent shackles. Computer hackers have the ability to put personal information on any electronic device at risk by overriding security settings and uploading viruses to hardware and software. This has become the top implication worldwide but because of the size of the cyber world, it is very difficult for authority f...

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...ree in that specific field. Young and unexperienced adults should always consult a physician when there are any concerns pertaining to their health. It is very fascinating how teens trust bloggers as their primary health source.
Another impediment that rises on the subject of social media is cyber bulling. Cyber bulling is the act of sending offensive messages, circulating sexually suggestive themes, pretending to be someone else to deteriorate another person’s morale, etc. According to statistics, more than half of young teens have experienced some form of cyber bulling, and 10 to 20% experience it regularly. Over more than half of young people do not tell their guardians when they are being harassed online. Society should become more conscious of the impact of cyber bullying and help prevent these harmful acts from occurring by taking a stand.

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