Social Networking Effects

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The usage of social networks in recent years have become a global phenomenon. People spend many hours per day on social networking and its growing interest, in addition to the great advantages, is creating concerns about the potential consequences on our society. Social networks are not just “a matter of technology”, but they fit into the daily lives of adolescents and the elders, but what effects it may have on the process of communication, relationship and creation of identity? The use of new technologies induces many changes, for example, the relationship with the self and especially with other people. In this essay, it will be examined social networks risks as the new type of relationships among people the impact on our health and the …show more content…
One of the main effects that social networking can bring is the distance between the real world and the technological one, since young people tend to hide themselves behind a screen avoiding, in this way, face-to-face conversations. The computer-mediated communication lacks the elements of their metalinguistic face-to-face conversation, it is devoid of feedback signals, which allow the actors interacting to identify precisely the relational and social aspects (Sproull, Kiesler 1986). It, indeed, changes the relationships: people who are shy or have trouble socialising through social networks have fluent dialogues with people they do not know. In this way, people tend to hide themselves pretending to be who they want to be. Moreover, the risk of addiction is high since it is up to us to have the capacity of discernment to use adequately social networks and not in a disproportionate way. In fact, the use of social networking sites is correlated with personality and brain disorders, such as the inability to have in-person conversations. The 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is evaluating "Internet Addiction Disorder" for inclusion. A 2008 UCLA study revealed web users had fundamentally altered prefrontal cortexes (Dokoupil, 2012) caused by long time …show more content…
In fact, social networking sites can enable identity exploration through the creation of new online profiles, as teens are regularly constructing reviewing their profiles, they are required to have a constant reflection of who they are and who they want to become (Tynes, 2007). Consequently, these sites do not harm the society but they can develop it. Additionally, students can do better at school as they have access to educational resources. Researchers from a wide variety of fields are sharing photos, collaborating with distant colleagues, and finding a wider variety of subjects via social media, making the research process and results more available to access to a larger public. (Christie, 2011). As a result, students are facilitated and helped to find useful information. For these reasons, social networking sites are not a threat for society but they can enhance

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