Social media: Good or Bad?

Social networking is a topic that divides opinion – some people think it’s an amazing tool but others are worried about the impact it has on people’s lives

Negative

Not everyone thinks about the negative effects of having social networking accounts – but simple things like not setting your privacy settings properly or liking someone’s photo can have bad results.

Cyberbullying can be a problem as people can take advantage of the fact that there is no one who can effectively stop the bullying when it happens, due to everything being performed behind a screen. The only way for a bully to be stopped is if they are reported and victims may be too intimidated to do it and that system can be abused.

Social networking can also ruin relationships as people may get jealous if they find out their boyfriend or girlfriend is exchanging messages with other people.

It can also be a waste of time as people can visit a site to check on thing and end up spending the whole day ‘behind the screen’ and as a result, not doing anything useful with their lives.

Positive

Social networking has lots of good points

You can express yourself, showing off your favourite song lyrics or posting pictures of your new outfit. It is a lot harder to feel embarrassment over the internet than in person, so people find it easier to vent their feelings on sites like Facebook.

In fact, it has become so much a part of people’s lives that you can learn someone’s life story just by checking their page. Their friends, likes and dislikes, relationship status, phone number, address…everything.

You can share your feelings and your mental stresses – and it is a great way to entertain yourself after a busy daily routine.

It also makes it a lot easier to keep in touch with family and friends, especially if they live far away. But you can also make new friends by connecting with friends of friends that you might not know.

So in conclution I think that as long as people are responsible, smart, and not too sensetive about all the hate online the negatives can be mostly outweighed by the positive.

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