Social Networking Proves to be More Beneficial Than Not

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Sites like above allow users to manage a public identity while expanding their ideas and enhancing creativity.

Teresa Hoang, Guest Reporter

In a generation characterized by technological advances, social media has become a prominent aspect in the lives of many. The question here is whether or not socializing on the Internet is beneficial or harmful to society.

There are people who claim that technology, namely social networking sites, is a waste of time and obstructs direct communication skills, but then there are those who argue that technology does not isolate individuals from society, but rather serves as a bridge for opportune communication and exposure to trends. People might try to negate this argument by saying that users of social media are more apt to face reduced levels of human interaction, but really, social media has paved the way for communication that has never been easier or more practical before.

Outlets like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn allow users to group together under similar interests. According to Tamar Lewin from The New York Times, by doing so, users, principally teens and other adolescents, develop social, technological and literacy skills. These sites allow their users to manage a public identity while expanding their ideas and enhancing creativity.

Furthermore, as CNN Journalist Kelly Wallace stated, “social networking increases teens’ awareness of the world around them and allows that to be more inventive on how they can get involved.” Not just limited to the youth of the Internet, users can bind together on these social media outlets to raise money for charities or volunteer and organize for local charitable events. By sharing images, texting and even tweeting, the public can become a part of a large response network, rather than remaining mere bystanders or casualties.

With everything considered, social networking proves to be more a beneficial aspect of society than a detrimental one. Rapid communication, supported by access to social media, aids in the feasible exchange of important news and trends, ultimately expanding people’s roles in their communities.