English 201 B
October 13, 2011
Social Media vs. Personal Communication
In today's world, social media plays a major role in each individual's every day lives. It has its advantages and disadvantages; however, it is doing more harm than good because society is losing its ability to communicate on a personal level.
Some advantages in the use of social media would be that it's an excellent tool for gathering/obtaining information. A good example would be the medical field: If you're travelling out of town/out of the country and you're hurt, doctors are able to pull up your records to obtain vital information in your medical history. For example: it may list medications you're allergic to and/or it can
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Social media also becomes a “breeding zone” for hackers to commit fraud and launch spam and virus attacks on computers, not to mention the invasion of privacy issue. It increases the risk of people falling victim to online scams that seem genuine, resulting in data or identy theft that are major problems today. Further, social media can have a negative influence on employee productivity, especially if they are busy updating profiles on their Facebook or Twitter pages while at work. When employees do this at work, a window is open to corrupt the employers' computer systems as it makes them susceptible to viruses and hackers. Because of this, companies are not allowing employees to access personal emails, websites, etc. If a company's system/network is shut off, this creates productivity issues for the company as well. Social media – whether through computers (emails) or cell phones (texting) - has become the way of today's social environment; therefore, we are proned to not communicating the “old fashioned” ways – picking up a phone or actually taking the time to visit/communicate with one another in person. I recall a situation involving my cousins. We are so proned to text each other; however, this type of communication gives way to miscommunication. A text was sent between cousins that was misinterpreted. Because of this, it created a situation among the cousins that escalated into a fight; and all