The way I see it, it all depends on how these sites, like Facebook or Twitter, are being used. Social media itself can be abused, overused, and taken advantage of. However, the power of social media itself is probably greater than the power of any person, any novel, any ruler, or even any country. But, whether that incredible power is a blessing or a curse is also one matter to question.
The power of social media can be something extremely influential. This first took a huge toll in the beginning of 2011 with the political upheaval of Egypt. The Internet's far-reaching speed combined with social media websites to create something unforgettable. The voices of Egypt stood together to overthrow the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and they spread all throughout the world. The power of social media was also noted when Mexicans turned to it for survival, not too long ago.
At first, this served as a revolution. For the very first time, people's voices and opinions were coming together to form something larger than themselves. But we have to wonder, is that power too much? History has repeated itself in telling us that it becomes a problem when one voice has too much power. One only needs to look at people like Hitler, Idi Amin, and Mao Zong for proof that giving one voice too much power can sink an entire people or nation. And in Egypt, this corrupting nature of power turned itself over from the ruler to the subjects which resulted in the same horrific effect. From this, it is clear that social media has a way of lending itself to this attribute of power.
Another way social media can act as a curse is through its changing the behavior of our society. Some say social media sites can lend to shorter attentions and less efficient work. Not only that, but my generation, that is, teenagers, tends to abuse social media and use it for popularity. Despite social media being a term with the connotation of connecting us, that seems to be one thing it is doing least. People who abuse Facebook, for example, by requesting and accepting as many 'friends' as possible, up to thousands, are giving those relationships artificial traits. Those relationships are so scattered and insignificant that many people don't even know some of their 'friends.' These thinning relationships have no such value, and are illusions of genuine relationships. In this abuse of social media, values of building relationships and making new connections, as were the intentions of social media, are taken away and transformed wrongfully. Nevertheless, many people do use social media for positive purposes, which leads me to the side of social media that is a complete blessing to this modern world.
When used correctly, the benefits of social media can far outweigh some of its downfalls. Social media changes the world every day, in ways both small and large. For everyone who uses it, social media at least promotes and encourages communication and lends to more modern ways of learning and communicating. Not only do they lend to more efficiency in our rapidly evolving technologically advanced society, but social media sites are also some of the best ways to positively influence people by sharing your opinions. They act as platforms for your voice. If you have great ideas or want to be heard or found, websites like Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn can promote those good intentions. Through these sites, you can find millions of people who share the same interests as you, and start making a difference, step by step.
Social media websites can operate as both curses and blessings in our modern society. The difference between it as a curse and a blessing all hangs on the shoulders of its users. You may choose to abuse the potential of Facebook, or to change the world with Twitter. The difference in your actions may be small, but the end result varies greatly, and it is up to you to decide social media's role in your life.
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Social networking sites is a boon or a bane
Posted Date: |Updated: 26-Mar-2012 |Category: General|Author: Sesha|Member Level: Gold|Points: 100|
Today in this modern world communication has become the important factor of life. In this article I am describing about social networking sites which play a vital role in the field of communication. Social networking sites have many advantages and disadvantages. This article also contains role of social networking sites in today world. Followed by advantages and disadvantages are also discussed.
Nowadays we find almost every house equipped with internet service in India as well as other parts of the world and the internet consist of many interesting things but out of all that social networking sites become most attractive. Social networking sites are an example of this growing technology. In olden day the first means of communication was the pigeons and then slowly letters started followed by pagers followed by land lines followed by mobiles and today the technology is so advanced people can chat, talk and even video calling is possible to any part of the world. This is all because of improvement and advancement in technology. Social networking sites play an extravagant role in the field of communication. There are many social networking sites like Quitter, Orkut, Face book and many more sites. All these sites help to keep in touch with friends. Social networking sites are essential in this modern world. Social networking sites are necessary to people because they connect people from various parts of the world. Social networking sites also required because people can share various valuable information like photos, videos, messages, likes and others posts on their wall. They make relations stronger and it is easy to operate this sites. It requires a little English and also little computer for the user to learn it. These sites make your beloved share more love with you and the moderate relations into strong relations. These sites will also provide video chat, this feature attracts everyone as people can talk as well as view each other face. Nowadays we find children settling in aboard and parents stay away from them. Parents are so away that it takes two day to see their children and also includes lots of expenses. In such cases these sites bring their children close to parents. Indeed it also brings a good family atmosphere. Thereby it makes millions of people happy by meting their childhood friends, teachers and share their happy moments in their past. Children also are involved into such acuities with gives them awareness of technology at a very early age. This sites also save lots of money as they only required internet and there is limits for chatting and also they can each other in the form chat as well as photos can shared with friends and families. These sites give the people the feeling there are opposite to each other. The technology has improved so much that the people use these sites not only laptops and main frames but also phones, i Pods and many services. These sites are serving millions of people. Communication becomes very essential in today modern world, so social networking sites provide better way of communication. Social networking sites also play an important role to know the important updates about the people who were with us in past and can maintain a good relation with them for a long time even if we do not met them for ages. These sites are mainly used to keeping in touch with friend and family. People shared important updates and wishes on their wall which is visible to all the friends. The photos and video can also be shared. People get of information about their friend like photos, videos, their status, their relationship, friends, likes, phone numbers, email id, maps, wall post, birthday dates, their studied, employment and many more things. All these information will be provided only to the friend of the user, and other users can see only basic information which is tagged to show to public by the users. All these features make the social networking sites secured from others.
Role of social networking sites in their modern world
Social networking sites means maintaining contact with friends and families. It removes the distances between people and makes them closer to each other. Today social networking sites are best for the purpose of commutation. These sites provide a great deal of entertainment with family as well as friends. There are many aspects that these sites contribute a lot in getting back the contact of friends in past whom we lost contact with. There are many advantages. Users can chat with their friends and family. At times these sites also make new friends which we have not met so far. These sites increase social relations with society. They attract people with special features. The special features are designed to satisfy user of all groups. They are equipped with special teams that take care about problems in those sites. Some sites are only open to users above eighteen years and some sites are open to all ages. These involves in some problems. Children must be kept away from these sites as it might result in problems and they may get addicted to these sites as well as it is not that important as they are very small. Social networking sites are really essential in this modern world as people do not have so much of time to meet friends nearby there living habitat, and it is very different as well as it is expecting too much from friends to come and meet you who are far away from you. So these sites contribute to keep in touch with your friends and family. This sites have influence us so much that a day will come when these sites are banned all the users addicted to it become mad of these sites. These can be easily operated by millions of users. It helps in getting new contact with people in your community whom you missed out to talk to them in your community. These sites also help in searching your life partner. These sites play an important role in choosing your life partner according your choice by searching the users. It also maintains relation with everyone whom shared your happy times in past, and they can that can chat about their past memories. They can also express how much love and affection they have on you as well as what they are at present all these can be shared by using sites. These sites also bring people very closer to each other. In two days world it is become so easy that we can use these social networking sites where we desire to use them. They can used in main frames, laptops, palm tops, cell phones like black berry, I phone, I pad, I pod and in many more form these sites can be opened. These sites help in video calling, video calling includes both audio and video chat, and these sites play a per-dominant role in communication.
Uses of social networking sites
Social networking sites play a major role in field of communication. In ancient times the pigeons were only means of communication and slowly as the time passed on the letter started playing an important role in the field of communication and later the passers were used to send important message very fast and then due to advancement in technology landlines started followed by mobiles and today it is social networking sites with are ruling the field of communication. Social networking sites are the king of communication. These sites includes face book, Orkut and Quitter and they are many sites which provide social networking like Yahoo, Google plus and many more and more coming up day by day. These sites are very beneficial to millions of users. There are millions of users who enjoy these sites free of cost by paying a fixed amount to internet to get internet connection. There are many uses of these sites as these sites are only developed for the sake of communication as well as maintaining contact with many people. In addition to this these sites play an extravagant role in knowing the people who we happened to meet once even becomes close friends. These sites mainly consist of wall, the wall consist of important valuables information or wall post posted by the user or his friends. These will be visible only to friends and their friends. These sites help in video chatting; video chatting includes both audio and video. Audio is through mike and video is through web cam. This is the most attractive feature of social networking sites, and will be an option that only friends of friends can view it. It has many different kinds of features that attract people of all ages. These sites also have an option to block the person. This can be used by the users if someone trouble them or harasses the user he can block the accounts. The blocking of the account means the user will now be able to see your account on that sites from his account if you have block his account. This helps the user to solve his problems without any damage. Social networking sites are mainly used for sharing photos, videos, wall posts, messages, likes, chatting which includes both video chat and typing, wall posts, friend request, maps, friends, family trees, pictures. There is also an option to play games. Games gives got of enjoyment to people. It helps to maintains contact with friends and family.
Ill effect of social networking sites
Social networking sites have many uses as well as it also has many disadvantages. Cyber crimes are increasing day by day. Cyber crimes at times ruin the life and career of people. Cyber crimes are proved it results in Sever punishments for about ten years. Ten years time of a person is spent in jail. It wastes lot lots of time. It plays a major role on the minds of children and results in lots of problems. At times the users may add other users these may result in lot of problems. As there has not meet each other earlier, the other user might trap the user, the user might talk sweetly and get valuable information such as email id, phone numbers, landlines no, house address and many more and more information which might cause problems. This is the most important thing that the social networking sites are not only useful but also cause problems. Young star and teenager get addicted it so badly and also students are very young age is involved in the issue of cyber crimes. Cyber crimes have become a joke these days. If they are caught they will be pun shined very severely and also they are installed in society for stupid reason. Always technology will develop in beneficial manner to mankind, but we are the one who are to decide whether the technology should be used in a beneficial way or not in beneficial way, it is in our hands. It plays a vital role in spoiling the education of the children, teenagers and many young stars as are addicted to these sites for hours together and concentrate more on these and there by studies decreases. So they spoil their studies. These sites not only spoil the education of the students but also spoil their career as well as they get addicted to bad habits very soon. Social networking involve lot of problems with problems because people of different communities send add request and at times by change if we accept the friend request of a unknown person he might trap the users information like photos, video, wall post, video chatting, message, wall post, friends, likes, recent activates, likes, email address, basic information like school, colleges, employment, grad school, phone numbers and they will chat nicely and try grab your address, phone number and will you to meet them and take photograph at that point of time and start harnessing users to give money or any other thing or else they put those photos in internet and by that your career will be spoiled. Social networking sites play a major on children, in that age children can be easily attracted to either good things or bad thing very fast and friends play a major role in influencing to do wrong thing in stripe of gilding to do good things, this later resolve into many problems. Friends also become reason for spoiling the life of their friends. These sites also result in many problems like love, black mailing and many more. Sometimes these may also result in hacking the account. Hacking means your log in email id and password can be trapped and if the account is hacked also means that someone else can operate your account and wish whatever they want to do with it. Hacking is crimes but cyber crimes can be caught so easily because these day the cyber crimes has becomes more and more day by day. So users must take care in adding a friend they must only add people who they has met personally and also has a good relation with them. These can avoid lot of problems. Children should be avoided from social networking sites as they reduce lot of problems and tensions.
As technology increases it is develop both in beneficial manner and non beneficial manner, it all depend on the person whether to use it in a good way or a bad way. Social networking sites became very useful and they also have many disadvantage, they are dangerous at times. Social networking has advantages as well as disadvantages. Social networking sites are very useful for communication purpose and they play a major role in the field of communication. They help in maintaining contact with family and friends. They are highly helpful to society. In addition to this there are some disadvantages as well. They spoil the education and career to children. These sites involve lot of cyber crimes; cyber crimes are increasing day by day and led to many problems in society. It introduces us to many people whom we never know in our real life. The American president Obama himself asked his daughter not to involve themselves in social networking sites, he warned them that these sites may be dangerous. These is really a good decision by him, let us all appreciate him. As well as stop using these sites that is better and will not involve you into any problems. In case if you want to these sites only add the user whom you know, this reduces problems to some extent. Let us take oath today that we will use these social networking sites for the benefit of ourselves not to harm any individual, and also not involves ourselves into cyber crimes.