SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES 6
Recently-developedsocial networking websites (such as Facebook) are corrosive to ‘real’community.
Socialnetworking websites have brought positive changes to the communitysince they have enabled individuals to share information in a fastmanner, as well as connect them regardless of the distance. However,despite having the benefits, the websites have also been associatedwith harm to the community. In this report, different arguments willbe presented to indicate that the social media platforms are bitingto the society.
Oneof the ills of the social networking websites is that they makeindividuals waste time. Since the emergence of sites such as theFacebook, people have been indicated to spend a lot of time utilizingthe communication tools (Nadaraja & Yazdanifard, 2013). Indeed,the use of these websites has been perceived to be addictive suchthat individuals always desire to squander their time sharing withfriends, uploading videos, and reading posts among other things onthese platforms. According to a poll conducted by the GlobalWebIndex,it depicted that approximately 28% of the time spent on the onlinewebsites, is on the social platforms (Ainin & Naqshbandi, 2014).Time wasted by different users have negative impacts on the society.For instance, research has demonstrated that students and workersspend a lot of time on the sites, which translates to the lack ofattention to learning and work respectively (Khouli, 2013). Thus, thecommunity is likely to lose since employees are to mislay theirproductivity while learners underperform due to poor concentration. The awareness that could have been gained by students could be usedin assisting the community since the learners may at some point usethe comprehension in resolving problems that affect the society.Alternatively, the missing productivity is a loss to the communitysince it implies wasted resources (Baruah, 2012). Therefore, as aresult of misusing time, the social websites hurt the population.
Whenutilizing the social networking sites, individuals can share crucialinformation that may be used in supporting fraud or exposing peopleto identity theft. The information that is posted on the online sitescan be accessed by anyone (Ainin & Naqshbandi, 2014). Thisimplies that anyone who desires to make frauds to another person canaccess his/her information on these platforms. Some individuals feelcomfortable to utilize the sites in sharing everything online, evenprivate information. Many online sites require passwords in order toaccess information that one desires to have for instance, on bankingsites, one may be required to provide solutions to some securityquestions. It is possible to use private information shared on thesocial platforms to guess answers to the short questions. Therefore,such data can expose individuals to hackers, and this makes carryingout a fraud very easy. Alternatively, when using these communicationsites, young people post exceedingly sensitive information that mayexpose them to burglars or even pedophiles (Nadaraja &Yazdanifard, 2013). Posting private information has adverseconsequences to the community since people may lose huge amounts ofresources that may be asked by hackers as ransom. In some instances,hackers may obtain crucial data about an institution through theonline sites and attempt to blackmail the organization as a way ofobtaining money from it. This may lead to extortions which may resultin the closure of an institution. Swindling of an institution is aloss to the community because some people who depend on theorganization for their livelihood would suffer.
Theuse of the social networking websites has been indicated toperpetuate false as well as unreliable information (Ainin &Naqshbandi, 2014). When people are using the online sites, theybecome exposed to a lot of information, which they like sharingwithout even ascertaining the truthiness of the data. In some cases,the information that is posted by one person may be propaganda butcan reach millions of people within a few minutes. Such informationis hurting to the community because it may result inmisinterpretation of the true nature of the people. For instance, achitchat that is shared against members of a given community can beinjurious to the constituents because a lot of individuals maybelieve the information to be true. Also, in some cases, the shareddata about people may be so damaging such that the population can endup seeking legal intervention. In such situations, people in acommunity are divided instead of creating healthy and helpful bonds.
Furthermore,the use of the social media platforms can help in facilitatingdiscrimination within a community. When using these sites,individuals are very open in providing information that can be usedin establishing the type of person that one is dealing with or thepersonality of an individual. In the current age, companies have adesire in hiring employees who may possess some characters and notothers. Therefore, companies end up using the platforms in judgingthe kind of worker that they are going to hire. This may be throughlooking at the profile of the individual, as well as the posts thathe/she creates. In such situations, organizations have discriminatedagainst some people whose profiles they do not like by not offeringthem job openings (Ainin & Naqshbandi, 2014). This can beperceived as damaging to the community because some individuals maystay jobless due to the profiles that they have shared on the socialcommunication networks.
Toavoid hurting the community through the use of the social networkwebsites, it is important for people to beware of the things thatthey post on the sites, as well as the private data they provide.Such a scenario would eliminate cases of frauds and cyber-bulling.Also, this would enable individuals to have a strong bond in thecommunity since no one would dare spread something that he/she doesnot have the truth about. Furthermore, the information provided onthe social sites need to be different from data provided in sensitivewebsites such as online banking. This would help in curbing hackingof a person’s account. Therefore, the solution lies with the usersof these platforms.
Despitesocial networking websites being deemed helpful in the community dueto their timely distribution of information, they can also beconsidered to be hurting. This is because they perpetuate the spreadof false and inappropriate information, which may worsen therelationship amid individuals in a community. Also, when utilizingthese social tools, individuals can share sensitive information thatmay be used in fraud or exposing users to identity theft since thedata that is posted on the online sites can be accessed by anyone.Furthermore, these sites make people waste time that may be used inmaking the community more productive. In an attempt to prevent thesociety from being hurt by the websites, it is important for users tobe part of the solution by scrutinizing their profiles and theinformation they share.
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