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Social Networking Sites: Helpful Or Harmful?

Autor:  nikky  04 December 2011
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Social Networking Sites: Helpful or Harmful?

Websites such as MySpace and Facebook have revolutionized the way human beings stay connected with friends, family, and acquaintances. These social networking sites have recently became quite controversial due to fears of cyber bullying, sexual predators, addiction, and other negative effects that can come from frequenting such sites. Others hold faithful to social networking sites and their ability to aid in meeting and staying connected with people, creating a positive self-image, staying up to date on upcoming events, and other various positive effects that can come from frequenting such sites. Differing views on social networking sites have brought about much controversy debating whether or not they should be banned or regulated among different age groups and at various institutions.

There were a few major events in history that were publicized regarding a certain incident involving social networking sites. These occurrences provide the first bit of reason for society to doubt or criticize social networking sites. Stefan Kiesbye addresses these events in “Are Social Networking Sites Harmful?” when he first mentions Lori Drew whom was accused of the cyber bullying of a Megan Meier. Drew created a fake account on MySpace where she impersonated a male teenager and went on to begin interacting with teen Megan Meier; a former friend of her daughter. Drew’s further actions consisted of cyber bullying and were said to result in Meier’s suicide. Another crime was blamed on social networking on January 23, 2009 by Breitbart.com which reported on the case of Edward Richardson. Richardson was a “forty-one-year-old man who killed his estranged wife Sarah, twenty-six, because she changed her Facebook status from married to single” (Kiesbye 7). Richardson was said to have used force to gain entry into the property and continue to find Sarah and brutally attack her with a knife. There have been other circumstances that have fed the controversy of social networking sites, but the two events stated have had the largest impact. Although the cases of Drew and Richardson had an overwhelmingly negative impact on social networking sites, some people still believe that there are fundamental benefits that can come from using them.

Curtis Silver, data analyst for wired.com, is one such person that believes “The Fear of Social Media is Unfounded”. Silver claims that the benefits from using social networking sites the right way ou ...