Nowadays, websites like facebook, myspace and twitter are extremely popular among society. It started with adolescents and has now moved on to the adult age group as well. A more formal definition is, “a social structure made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, friendship, sexual relationships, kinship, dislike, conflict or trade“. Although it is possible to participate in social networking face-to-face it is most popular online. Hence, websites such as facebook, myspace and twitter. There are many positive aspects of social networking. For example, it is easy to communicate with others, relationships can be formed (such as friendships) and for job purposes as well. Some negative aspects to social networking are invasion of privacy, never being off the radar (always being in constant communication with other people), fraud and blackmail. Fraud and blackmail are more serious issues than the ones previously listed because people feel safe enough to post personal information online and don’t realize that others can use this to their advantage. Blackmail can happen for example because people post pictures of underage drinking, that are never deleted and follow them into later years, and prevent them from getting certain jobs, etc. Provided in the next link is a list of popular social networking websites. Also, the next link provided is a good opinion on the positives and negatives of social networking.
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