Overrated Social Networks
The popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace have quadrupled from 2005, the first time I have ever used a social site, to present day. Many users say the sites are good for our society, but others contend that the dangers of social media outweigh the benefits. As a teenager, social networks play a big part in my life. It is kind of required for a teenager to stay up to date with all of the new social sites and the modern technology. However, social networks are taking over people’s lives without a doubt, how many social sites do we honestly need? There are so many, we have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, there’s even something called Cinemagram! Social sites have caused so much damaged to the youth society it is just ridiculous. Social networking sites expose children to predators, lower worker productivity, and promote narcissism and short attention spans. They have also caused cyber-bullying, deaths, health problems, and have been used as a source to become famous.
Although for most social sites you have to be at least 13 years of age, social networking sites have no way to verify that people are who they claim to be or are as old as they say, leaving people vulnerable to solicitations from online predators who are able to mask their true identities. I’m pretty sure there is a variety of sex offenders who have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace, but even if a law was enforced for all of these sites to remove all registered sex offenders, they cannot identify all of them nor stop them from creating new accounts with different information.
Many folks look at social networks as a source to express themselves as well. I only have two social network accounts, one with Facebook, where I communicate with my family and the other with Instagram, where I express myself by posting pictures of myself and reposting quotes, it’s sort of like Twitter but instead of telling your life story through words...