Argumentative Essay Template

835 Words Mar 17th, 2013 4 Pages
Socialising On The Internet

Using the internet to socialise is an increasingly popular activity. Some of the most popular websites for this are Facebook, twitter, bebo, msn and many others. Social networking is when you speak to other people through the internet. Facebook is by far the most popular with over 500 million users and 250 million of them logging in everyday. Twitter is not far behind Facebook with over 177 million users. With social network sites you can keep in touch everyday and you can share your photos and news with hundreds of people. There are many advantages and disadvantages of socialising on the internet.

One reason why people use the internet to socialise is because it’s easy to meet people from all over the
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Social sites are also an advantage to companies. They can access you profile and see what kind of person you are. This can give them a better idea if you are the right person for the job.

However, although social sites have many advantages there are also a lot of dangers. One important danger is cyber bullying. People are being bullied from the safety of their own homes through sites like Facebook, twitter, msn and bebo. 39% of social network users have been bullied in some way. People can be bullied over these sites in various ways including receiving threatening messages, having an embarrassing picture posted without permission and having rumours spread about them. Cyber bullying, unlike bullying in general, can expose a victim to hundreds or even thousands through an email or profile.

Another disadvantage of social networking sites are that they can become very addicting. 233 million hours of work are lost each month in the UK due to staff using social networking sites. Many workplaces have now band their employees to use these sites. On average 48% of 18-34 year olds check Facebook when they wake up, with 28% doing so before even getting out of bed. With too many people staying in and socialising on the internet instead of going out and playing sports or doing healthy activities, it causes a lot of health issues. People will be starting to feel more…

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