Technology has played an important role in developing the society with instilling different level of information to the society.
Social networking has played an important role in ensuring that information has been transferred in the right way and at a faster rate. Thus, the aim of this paper is to expound on the impacts that are caused by internet social networking sites to the community, to the internet and to the teens. Impact of Social Networking Social networking access by teens and adults may cause some privacy issues.Preventing teens and adults from accessing the sites at home does not mean that safety measure has been taken into consideration. Even in the school setting, administrators are confronted with the issue of ensuring safety is provided, but there are the social sites that are able to dodge the filters that are in the school networks and the users can access any website (Baase 20).
This means that the social networking sites are important but consideration should be placed in determining safety and exposure to unwanted parties. There are education benefits that are associated with accessing these networking sites.It has assisted students from low-income communities to been technological proficient. Many students access the internet resulting in them exchanging technological skills, creativity and open to a diverse community in which they can receive diverse views.
Technologically, the students can edit, customize content and to create design online. Moreover, the students are able to share creative materials such as poems and culture (Walsh & Allen 67). The idea of social networking has exploded and many teens and children have a profile or they can access it.However, safety has come into consideration because of child predators and dangerous individuals who wants to take advantage of the young community. The teens and children are exposed through their profiles and dangerous individuals can predict the movement of an individual resulting in criminal and juvenile delinquency (Bradburne 57). The use of social networking sites by business and companies ensure that their products are advertised. Many people are accessing the social networks which means that more people are likely to access the products and services that are been advertised.
Moreover, the small business can form a community of related business in a given setting. This is because currently starting a site is expensive and small business may not afford it, creating their profile in the social networks results in them having an integrated site. Social networking sites play an important role in updating the community through the help of newscasters. The newscasters can post information easily and at the same time keeping a large amount of data in the site.
Therefore, many people can access what is going on around their community and may come together in developing the community.For example, a community may be involved with community development such as keeping the community clean, when such information is posted in the site more people can access and most people in the community may participate. The site brings together people with the same interest and others with varied interests. For example, friends may range from medical professionals to financial experts. When these people come together and become friends through the site chatting and posting of information ensures that they may assist each other.
This is through asking for ideas in solving an issue and posting what they have accomplished.Users and family members can be at a risk due to information that has been posted in the site. Teens who cannot different the importance or sensitiveness of a problem may upload sensitive information causing their family members and friends being viewed negatively. An incident may occur in school or at home and the next minute the information is in the youtube site. A user can post personal information in a way that is not friendly or a friend can post information concerning another person. The time of posting does not matter, for example, a file or information may have been posted five years ago.At the time of posting, there was nothing wrong, but with time, the same information may be used to charge the person. For example, employers may use it to analyze the employers and recruiters, or may be used by institutions in determining the way that the students will be called into college (Baase 45).
This may disadvantage the students and people who are looking for employment depending on the contents in the postings. Commanding Nature of Social Networking Sites Social networking sites are entering the market at a faster speed. There are more than 350 social networking sites and are visited by more than 40% of people who access internet.Most people are going online because of the networking sites. In most cases, the internet is used to share resources and services. Therefore, the entrance of the social networking sites into internet has improved the way people view the internet (Magid & Collier 98). Social networking sites play an important role in the marketing and many companies are maximizing there usage. Before the introduction of the networking sites, organizations had no direct way that they could market their products and were not able to gauge the market that they could be aiming.
The statistics of the social networking users are well documented making organizations to pin point the sites that they are interested with. Looking for information is easy and un-known information can be obtained. Before, people were looking for information from the search engines, but the introduction of the social sites has made it easier to trace information because you can ask a friend who may have an idea and may pinpoint the location of which the information is situated. Preference by TeensThe highest percentage of people who visits the social networking sites is teens and kids. The kids prefer the sites because they can focus a certain specific group and there are sites that possess certain settings that aid them.
Hence, the kids that are interested in maintaining an alluring profile have to frequently visit these sites – to edit their profile and view other people’s profile. The location that the kids are located determines the frequencies that they visit the networking site.In most cases, the kids visit the site either when they are in school or at home. Those kids who access internet at home have a high chance of accessing the social network sites compared to those who access the internet in school. Most kids prefer the social networking sites because they keep in touch of their current friends while others are looking for new friends (Walsh & Allen 121). A higher percentage keeps in touch with those friends who are visible online. This gives them the opportunity that allows them to schedule and coordinate events with their friends.
This means that they use the site to make friends while others (a small percentage) uses the site for romantically benefits e. g. to flirt.
The sites give the opportunity that the teens can easily communicate through exchange of messages. The site allows people to post a bulletin or post messages on the friends’ wall that can be sent privately. Conclusion Social networking sites play an important role in the community and it influences differently each sector of the society.
The marketing society, education sector and technological advancement have ensured that the social networks come handy.Many organizations utilize the social networking sites in obtaining and transmitting information to the public. However, people are not fully informed on the consequences of using the social networking sites. Safety and precaution is not fully embraced because the people who use it do not know that there are predators and criminals out there who are waiting to bounce. The teens are utilizing it both negatively and positively. They are able to keep track of their friends and look for new friends while obtaining relevant information for their personal gain.