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Social networking: The Disadvantages

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Social networking is the communication and sharing of information and interaction with others using the internet and social media.

What is social media?

Social media is a collection of apps that allows users to create and share information about themselves online. The most popular networking sites and apps include:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Pinterest

  • Whatsapp

  • Instagram

  • Snapchat

What are the disadvantages to social media and social networking?

  • A person may have their identity stolen online and can spread false information. This could cause a lot of damage to the people or business whose identity has been stolen.

  • People are not always who they say they are online and may pretend to be someone they are not. For example they may pretend to be older/younger and live in a place that is different from where they actually live.

  • Bad or offensive comments can be posted online and a person may become a victim of cyber bullying where a young person may feel intimidated. This may lead to depression and even suicide.

  • A social networking site is accessible to everyone and a person can remain online for a long time even after they stop using it.

  • Information on social networking sites may be used by prospective employers to make judgements about your character/personality and suitability for the job.

  • Young people may spend a lot of time on social networking sites and may become addicted to communicating online, posting images or videos of themselves, hoping always to get as many likes as possible.

  • A young person may find themselves in a situation where they don’t want to interact face to face with other people and lose appropriate social skills for dealing with someone face to face.

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