Popular social networks, such as YouTube, are viewed by more teens and young adults in the U.S. than any cable network. This goes to show how influential social networking can be. The world today is fast paced and social networking has seemingly taken over the way that individuals interact with each other. It is morphing the future of personal connections into something unpredictable. Social networking has decreased face-to-face communication; attention spans and intellectual ability have been terminated for all too many people.
Before the rise of the web, humans communicated with loved ones in person, or through written letters. The internet did not exist; instead, people relied on ...view middle of the document...
Social networking helped to spread important information in a fraction of the time that it would have taken before. Considering that over half of all people are informed about breaking news through social networking, it is easy to understand how information can get around so quickly (Social Networking).
Nowadays however, social networking is vastly overused. As technology progresses, “Social networking is becoming uncontrollable” (Dependency on Technology). Humans are prioritizing social networking over things that should be way more important; they are completely unconcerned about the influence that social networking can potentially have on someone's life. Humans are alarmingly nonchalant to the idea that the internet is influencing their thoughts and/or actions.
There are numerous negative effects that are associated with social networking. One of those effects is known as “catfishing”:
Coined from the independent film "Catfish," which follows a filmmaker who discovers the truth about the online relationship he has been conducting with a woman whom he has never met, "catfishing" occurs when a user creates a false or highly-exaggerated social media profile for the purposes of conducting a relationship online. Some profiles are created out of boredom or loneliness, while others are created to exact revenge or cause embarrassment to the targeted party. (University of the Pacific)
“Catfishing” is a top competing online scam because people are continuously fabricating their identities. Often times, these predators use “catfishing” to portray a life that they wished they had; they use the profile pictures of people they wished they looked like. (University of the Pacific) Too many victims are left oblivious to what is going on for years. Eventually, they catch on and begin to question the authenticity of their online relationship. They ask themselves questions such as “Why can’t he/she ever meet in person?” (Daily Mail). Suspicions like these continue until the final realization is made and the victim asks themselves, “Why does this seem too good to be true?” (Daily Mail).
Social networks also pose a serious threat to citizen’s computers through what is formally known as Malware (How Stuff Works). Malware, also called malicious software, invades the privacy of internet users everywhere. It does so by deceiving the user to click on a link that contains computer harming viruses. Typically, these links are disguised in enticing direct messages from online friends whose accounts have already been compromised. Often, these messages mention that the user has been featured in a funny video; the user is then expected to click on the bugged link, and thus the infection begins (How Stuff Works).
Another con of social networks is the security of the user’s identity (or lack thereof). For most sites, someone is required to provide personal information such as an email address. This becomes a problem when personal information is sold to third-party...