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When comments are posted on social networking sites, the comments are open to the public to view. In some cases, people may post offensive remarks or pictures and may unintentionally end up hurting others feelings. Most of the time, the comments posted cannot be removed easily. If someone tries to view a person's information, he or she may come across the comments that the person had posted before, and hence, give he or she a bad impression of that person.

A female teacher in training had once posted a picture of herself wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup on MySpace and entitled it 'Drunken Pirate'. Her supervisor found the picture and the University denied her of her teaching degree as in this way, she would be able to promote drinking to her students who are under-aged. She then sued as they had violated her First Amendment Rights. In the end, however, she lost.

Spending too much time on social networking sites can cause people to get addicted easily. The new app on Facebook, 'Mousehunt', is an extremely addictive game that some players may even wake up before dawn breaks just to sound the horn. Although students, especially teenagers, tend to get addicted to social networking sites, even adults do to. It has been reported that 6% of the people in Britain waste their time making friends, posting comments, uploading pictures or videos on social networking sites. Also, it was stated that the drop in the workers' productivity may cost Britain
£14 billion a year.
Still, there are some benefits to social networking. One of the most obvious advantages is that you can find relatives and old friends that you have not seen for a long time. Another is that you can communicate with your friends without having to meet up with them, which makes it more convenient. One of the uncommon benefits is that it would be easier to advertise products and services. Also, setting up a Facebook page for business can allow you to have a relationship with your customers and you would be able to listen to their comments on you products or services so as to help you improve them.

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1) http://www.onlinesocialmedia.net/20100823/tirade-of-abuse-on-facebook-leads-to-teacher-quitting/2) http://www.helium.com/items/1924993-benefits-of-creating-a-facebook-page-for-your-business3) http://www.inquisitr.com/10883/drunken-pirate-or-college-degree-which-do-you-pick/4) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/7924231/Twitter-and-Facebook-costing-economy-14bn-a-year.html


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1) http://news.cnet.com/8301-27083_3-20014441-247.html2) http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/07/social-networking-friends-lonely3) http://www.helium.com/items/1932000-social-media-friendship-social-media-communication-how-social-media-affect-friendship
4) http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Your+online+self+could+come+back+haunt/3433831/story.html

All the Social Networking Sites a Stage


In the bases of identity, the problem is that social networking also provides a very powerful tool for embarrassing yourself or ruining your reputation on a global and virtually eternal scale. Once you put it online, it is shared around the world in seconds, and can still be recalled after decades.

Just two days ago, a man was charged for posting nude photos of his 16-year-old former girlfriend on Facebook. This was an act of revenge on his girlfriend after she left him for another man. She was fifteen when the photos were taken. This can very affect her future or hopes of getting a job. There is no " complete delete" button on the Internet. Once you post something up on a social networking site, although you can remove your post, people would have no doubt remembered it and of course duplicated/saved/copied whatever image or video you posted. You can never truly "take back" what you posted.


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BET you have a Facebook account. Almost 9 out of 10 people immerse themselves in social networking sites and about 1 out of 3 people use Facebook. We always inadvertently regard Facebook as a total boon.
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(Statistics are of as April 2009)
Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore#Population
http://tomorrow.sg/archives/2009/04/03/facebookcom_sees_1038_million_us.html

However many do not see the ills of social networking sites. It is not uncommon now for the job application process to include sharing your social networking account information. Employers would want to check your Facebook and twitter account, so as to get a glimpse of the unfiltered and raw you. We would all agree this is more "real" and accurate then any expensive psychological test.
Therefore, if you saw your employees naked photos online, would you not question her credibility? No commercial business would want to hire her. Take mind that whatever you do or say on the web is recorded down…forever. The Internet is like telling your hopes, dreams, whatever to someone…who never forgets. EVER. It is quite impossible to dodge the identity you have forged for yourself on the net. More now then ever, your online identity matters more than your real identity.

Social networking allows us to find new friends and also locate your old friends. It allows us to communicate easily without having to meet up with one another. It is a quick and convenient method of communication although one may also make enemies easily. However, one’s privacy would be invaded if he or she puts too much personal information for others to view. This may lead to having others steal his or her information and may use the information to cause harm to the person. Social networking can also strengthen relationships with others. However, social networking can wreck social cohesion and ties between members of the public. In my opinion, it is how one makes use of it. If one uses it well, it can help one greatly due to its convenience. However, the use of social networking can be abused as others can easily have access to your information.
There are many negative points that persist in social networking sites.Teens that spend a lot of time online feel that their online friends are a part of their family members, and maybe even more important that their neighbours and their offline hobby groups. This may result in teens isolating themselves from their relatives and friends who are offline.
Facebook is not a good place for lonely people as it emphasizes on your unpopularity. For example, your friends list may show “You have 0 friends” and you may feel that others are more popular than you. This may make teens feel more depressed that they have no one to communicate with over the Internet. Moreover, scheming people may take advantage of the person’s loneliness and their need to feel accepted and gain their trust by pretending to be their friends.


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