With the increase in technology, the development of smartphones, Wi-Fi hotspots and 3G networking and amazing cellular and internet service providers, staying connected is not a problem anymore. One can just whip out their phone and browse a website, get information regarding products, check prices, facts and figures.
This increasing connectivity to the internet has led to the development of social media and networking sites which are basically a way for people to connect to each other on the internet. They can share their information and get information regarding others with ease. However, this increasing trend of social networking has led to many arguments. Are they what they seem? Are they really useful or are they just a waste of time? Do we really need them or can we ignore them without any impact on our lives?
Looking at the cons one can say that social media sites are waste of time. People can end up wasting unlimited amounts of time on them without realizing it. Secondly, these sites have been known to be haven for online lurkers. They can also be said to be an invasion of privacy where these lurkers can get access to private pictures and confidential information. One can never really be sure of when their information can get compromised.
One of the greatest things going against social websites is that they can lead to social awkwardness in real life as people get more used to interacting with others over the internet and then cannot do so well in real life. People who avoid each other in real life are supposedly ‘friends’ on these sites.
However, despite all these shortcomings, social media sites also have many advantages. First of all, one can connect to long lost friends, people who live far or have moved away, but you still want them in your life. Secondly, it is a great way to share your information, pictures and favorite moments with your loved ones. A picture or video can transmit the emotions that your relatives cannot experience with you.
One can also share their ideas or the things they love through these websites. There one can then have a healthy debate and share opinions and increase their knowledge. One can speedily be connected with someone without having to look up their number or asking others for it.
In short, social media sites are something that we can definitely live without, but they have made life more convenient and easy, so they just make you more comfortable and more aware of your friends and family.
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