Social Networks: Changing Society Essay

2891 Words Apr 25th, 2014 12 Pages
Social Networks: Changing Society

Social networks are changing society’s attitude towards personal interactions due to their accessibility, variety and overall appeal to all age groups. When using social networks for daily interactions, we communicate with two main groups or networks. The first group is close friends and family, with whom we share our most intimate side and the second group is colleagues and associates at work (Bowles, 2013). When interacting online with the first group, we use Facebook, the most popular Web 2.0 social network, with over one billion users (Bowles, 2013). Timelines, Activity Logs, and News Feeds allow daily activities to be shared, keeping friends connected in a way never before possible. With the
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Unfortunately, there is a negative side to social networks which can causing harm to users. Cyberbullying is one example and a growing problem because it can take place privately, 24 hours a day. Although it can affect anyone, according to a 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Study, 16% of all high school students say they were bullied (Bowles, 2013).
Although there is a negative side, social networks have a wide appeal and our author provides an excellent overview of Web 2.0 social networks. I agree with his statement that it is easy to forget comments posted or pictures uploaded are not private and can be viewed by anyone. When something negative is posted, it can have real world consequences (Bowles, 2013). I think it is important to keep in mind the quote from the book, Facebook Me! by Dave Awl, “an ounce of discretion is worth a ton of privacy settings” (Awl, 2009 p52).
Are Close Friends the Enemy? Online Social Networks, Self-Esteem, and Self-Control, by Keith Wilcox and Andrew T. Stephens, close friendships on social network research was conducted to show a connection of how they determine the way we view ourselves on and offline. Since social network fulfills a variety of social needs, including self-expression and self-presentation (Back et al. 2010; Gosling, Gaddis, and Vazire 2007), social network

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