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Do social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace have a positive societal influence?

  • They do because people can be themselves without having to worry about being judged harshly

    I believe they do because people can be themselves without having to worry about being judged harshly because of their looks,ethnic background,a disability or the way they dress.The real world can be a harsh and unforgiving place but social networking sites give people the chance to make friends and be themselves around their peers.

  • Social networking has actually made people more distant physically because it hurts a person's ability to communicate effectively in person.

    No, they don't have a positive influence on people. People just sit on Facebook and get addicted to it and all they do is computer and nothing active. They have to be social with people and be active. Not to be a computer geek and get fat and have no friends. Same think to MySpace but people usually go on Facebook 247 and don't have a life...

  • SNS enables interactive communication among users, thus allowing positive criticism towards social issues.

    Most of us have our own smart devices and SNS are widely used, it doesn't even take a second for a single issue to spread all throughout the web. Such can do what any newspapers or TV shows failed to do. Unlike them, in SNS, people share their opinion freely. Social issues spread out quickly and free debate occurs freely just like what we do in this website. As people are living busier life, they are tending to become somehow ignorant on political or moral issues compared to how they used to be in past years. SNS helps them to get more interested and engaged in political and social activities.
    Plus, the reason why people(especially teens) are absorbed in SNS is because reality cannot fulfill their desire to communicate and feeling sense of belonging with unknown, anonymous people that they might never meet in offline world. As society is emphasizing competition way too much, people get tired of competition and living as fake and pretentious person who's not "me." Wanting to be real "me" people chose online world where they think to be asking less responsibility and less serious than offline world. I believe fulfilling these desires and developing relationship among lots of people is positive phenomenon. And these positive people are the ones who will make our society better.

  • Yes, they do

    Thanks to the use of social networking you can connect to loved ones overseas, you can connect o friends from school, Meet new people and gain a relationship. You can start your own business and be famous, For example, Facebook, You can chat to your friends and family and post pictures, Viber, you can call anyone, text anyone all for free!! Why don't you have a go if you don't socialise!!

  • They have a positive influence...........

    They help to connect to the world. They make people aware of the things going on daily and enable people to know about certain events going on nearby and help us to chat with relatives and friends most of whom we would have forgotten of. It helps us to know recent updates of friends and relatives

  • Ofcourse they do

    Connection around the World
    Thanks to the use of social media sites, we can now connect to those overseas and around the world. Instead of paying long phone bills to connect to your loved ones overseas, you can now the social media sites to connect with them for free! Thank you Social Media sites!
    Social networking sites can have a positive influence on society as it fosters communication on a mass scale.
    Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are excellent ways to communicate to large groups of people, whether it's for an event, business-related issues (accessibility to customers) or someone traveling and keeping in touch with everyone. It's also an excellent way to break the ice with people you haven't seen in a while, and sharing photos and your inner thoughts brings people closer to you if you are a busy person. Of course there is a downside, mostly security issues, but that is the same with all types of Internet use, and mostly by unsupervised minors, which can be remedied through proper parenting.
    Social Networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace do have a positive social influence as friendships are easily built when similar interests are identified during online interaction.
    Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace provide an outlet for people to interact with others without being shy or fearful of rejection. These sites allow people to join various groups in which they share similar interests. A lot of day to day information is shared on daily updates. People are less judgmental within cyberspace.
    Ocial Networking sites have a positive societal influence because they encourage global outreach and networking.
    Social networking sites, like Facebook and Myspace, encourage users to connect with other people around the world. They give the users an outlet to foreign places, which, otherwise, the users would not have. In addition, the social networking sites give users the chance to easily and instantly connect with friends, family, and others.
    Social networking sites can have a positive influence on society as it fosters communication on a mass scale.
    Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are excellent ways to communicate to large groups of people, whether it's for an event, business-related issues (accessibility to customers) or someone traveling and keeping in touch with everyone. It's also an excellent way to break the ice with people you haven't seen in a while, and sharing photos and your inner thoughts brings people closer to you if you are a busy person. Of course there is a downside, mostly security issues, but that is the same with all types of Internet use, and mostly by unsupervised minors, which can be remedied through proper parenting.

  • Yes other social networks have positive societal influence.

    They do because you can learn new stuff and meet new people. Your personal life is wide open on Facebook but with social network you are more careful because there are people all over the world who is seeing this like Facebook but u can only share certain in formation.

  • Connection around the World

    Thanks to the use of social media sites, we can now connect to those overseas and around the world. Instead of paying long phone bills to connect to your loved ones overseas, you can now the social media sites to connect with them for free! Thank you Social Media sites!

  • We can connect overseas to new cultures

    The online world can open us up to new ideas and new cultures. You can make friends overseas, as geography isn't an issue. You’re able to interact with people in different societies and get a glimpse at life outside our little corner of the world. We can see different ways of doing things, talk to people we wouldn't usually get to talk to, if it weren't for social media. It’s exactly like pen pals…but through a computer.

  • Social networking sites can have a positive influence on society as it fosters communication on a mass scale.

    Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are excellent ways to communicate to large groups of people, whether it's for an event, business-related issues (accessibility to customers) or someone traveling and keeping in touch with everyone. It's also an excellent way to break the ice with people you haven't seen in a while, and sharing photos and your inner thoughts brings people closer to you if you are a busy person. Of course there is a downside, mostly security issues, but that is the same with all types of Internet use, and mostly by unsupervised minors, which can be remedied through proper parenting.

  • It is unhealthy

    I have not posted in a over a month, but I thought now would be a good time to throw in my two cents about social networking sites (in particular Facebook).

    First a little background, about four years ago a friend of mine from college talked me into creating a Facebook account. I went ahead, not really not knowing what to expect. Well, soon grew board with it, and actually deactivated my account for a couple of years. Just about a year, in effort to increase my social connections (albeit a lame attempt) I reopened my Facebook account. I suppose I had succumbed to the loving stories of reconnecting with old friends, and enriching ones social network through an electronic means.

    Well, in the years time since reopening the account I have become "friends" with several people I went to high school with. That being said, a few truths regarding social networking have becomes apparent. (Please note this does have a bit of a dating spin to it,and may be considered a generalization based on my experiences).


    If you were a face in the crowd before, you are even more so a face in the crowd on Facebook. No matter how awesome you perceive your profile to be. The people that are outgoing in real life can post the comment about how that spilled their coffee and get 1500 comments. (A fellow poster spoofed this in a song and I have to give him kudos for hitting the nail on the head.)
    Social networking failures are more detrimental than the possibility of rejection in person. For example, you send a message to a "friend" and get no response, or you post a witty status update that gets absolutely no recognition. These types of failures especially on the perceived level playing field of the online world reinforce feelings of inferiority.
    A lot of people on these sites "friend" everyone, whether they know them or not. That said, are you not a little mad / jealous when you see someone with 563 friends and you have 16.
    Finally, live in person connection with these new "friends" (even if you knew them pretty well before) is in my opinion below 30%

  • Social networking sites have led to social isolation rather than broadening the social horizon.

    Feelings and emotions have been transformed into emoticons which are incapable of expressing the entire bundle of emotions.
    This two-dimensional interaction has led to depression and isolation and also increased stress and tension.
    This has led to a person being introvert and less confident about his communicative skills.
    Patience and cooperation are a few skills in which people are lacking nowadays.

  • It has a bad influence on teenagers

    Social networking has a bad influence on children especially teenagers. Instead of paying attention to the studies they are glued to social networking sites, hence destroying their future. Sometimes because of some personal reasons on these sites with friends leads to mental stress and this stress sometimes results in suicide.

  • It is a time waster!

    Many teenagers suffer from an obsessive attachment to Facebook and feel they must be constantly online or they will miss out on something "important." I know for a fact that there are many teenagers guilty of going on the Internet to carry our research on a project or to use Google Translate to help them with an Irish essay only to end up logging onto Facebook for the whole evening. This is an absolutely ridiculous issue that has gotten way out of hand and it enrages me that the young, innovative people of our time brimming with ideas and opinions, are throwing away their future by substituting their homework for social networking.

  • They are creating a false feeling of relationship.

    Most of the accounts in the networking sites such as Facebook are not real. The worst thing about this is you think you have 350 friends although from all of them only one or two can help you or are willing to help you when you are in need of a real friend.

  • The social networking sites offer far more negatives than positives to society by facilitating bullying and narcissism.

    It is common knowledge that the social networking sites are used for bullying; this is an unintended misuse of the technology. But when the sites are used as intended, they still negatively impact society by reinforcing the "look at me" state of mind characterizing most of today's youth. The need in these kids to expose so much of their lives to others is not healthy and will leave this country in a sorry state when they grow up and gain some power.

    Posted by: EweIICist
  • Most people seem to think they can be used as substitute for actual interactions.

    These networking websites have changed the way we interact with each other, and not in a positive way. They pretend to enhance these contacts but, instead, we have access to more information about many people we would not necessarily interact with in real life, instead of actually developing privileged relationships with a few friends the way we should.

    Posted by: WakefulTristan35
  • I don't think that social networking sites have a positive societal influence, because they prevent personal face-to-face interactions.

    My brother-in-law sits in his room all day on instant messengers and MySpace. He's only 17, and I have, literally, never seen him leave the house to meet with his friends. At 17, I didn't want to even be in my house, let alone on a computer, typing to my friends.

    Posted by: KingN355
  • Business = MONEY

    Social networking sites were created to make money, not to improve peoples' lives. These websites use networks of online friends to accumulate data about people for the purpose of selling advertising. The sites place cookies on the users' computers, gather information, and track interests to show personalized ads. These advertising practices may constitute an invasion of privacy.

  • Social networking has actually made people more distant physically because it hurts a person's ability to communicate effectively in person.

    How many people do you have on your Facebook that you comment on their post, but if you saw them in person you most likely WON'T say hi? Isn't easier to stand up for a cause by joing a group than stating your point of veiw in a room full of people? Social networking sites give people a false sense of being intimate, confident and independent. It has also made people less-rounded because of our ability to filter our influences. In such a controlled environment poeple don't have the experiences that really help you form a sound opinion and communicate effectively. If someone offends you with their comment (no matter if it's true are not) you can easily ignore it and move on to the next one. Social Networking sites have made people more closed minded.


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