The Rise of Social Networking Sites and their Effects on Our Lives

Many social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace have exploded in popularity in recent years. Today, it seems hard to believe that these sites didn’t even exist in 2003. So much has changed on the Internet in modern times. The avenues for entertainment are bigger than ever before, and I personally don’t understand how anyone could get bored!

The debate continues on how these social networking sites affect our health. Many people have made new friends or even met special partners on these social networking sites. Some studies suggest that Facebook or Twitter could be harmful to our social health. Instead of meeting people in person, we spend more time in front of our computer screens reviewing the latest information about John. I really don’t see how anyone really cares when John goes to the bathroom or eats dinner. Some famous celebrations use Twitter too and they use it constantly. As for me, I don’t have a Twitter account due to the stupid ideas behind this site. I really don’t want people to know what I’m doing all day.

There are other people who would argue that social networking sites are great for society. With these sites, we can keep up with our college friends that we haven’t seen in over twenty years. We can keep track of who Keith is dating this week and where Mary throws parties on the weekends. There are no more questions about whether Johnny broke up with Sally. If Johnny and Sally separate, we only see changes in the status of their relationships on their Facebook profiles. This allows us to gossip about Johnny and Sally without having to confirm with Johnny or Sally about their tragic breakup.

There are many other great benefits of social networking sites. We have to learn to manage our time so that we can use these sites in moderation. There is nothing worse than the person who needs to change their Twitter status six times a day, and most people really could care less about their algebra test on Tuesday.

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