Social networking: Good or bad?

Social networking: Good or bad?

Ever since the birth of the internet there have been social networks. Forums, blogs, instant messaging and online profiles have made the world that little bit smaller. Distance is an easier burden to bear.

The trouble is, there are positives and negatives to consider. While you love playing on, chatting on Facebook or blogging on Tumblr, everything has a downside. The question is: are social networks worth it?


Socializing – Networks have revolutionised socializing. You no longer have to be in the same room as the person you are speaking to, or even the same country to communicate via the web. You can share photo’s, communicate via instant messages and comment on one another’s online profile.

Cost – Keeping in touch with your friends, when they are across the other side of the country, or around the world from you can get costly. Phone bills are extortionate. However, when you contact someone via a social network, there isn’t an extra cost, besides what you already paid for your connection.

Interests – Sometimes your friends are not interested in the same TV shows, hobbies or books. There is bound to be someone out there who shares your interest though. All you need to do is look online and befriend them.


Safety – Knowing whether someone is genuine can be difficult. When you have never seen a person before, they could easily pose as someone else entirely. You have to be careful who you trust.

Security – Identity theft and people performing malicious acts on a site will always be a risk. You could get a virus from a seemingly innocent link, or perhaps hack into your online profile, change the password and edit the content.

Censors – It is harder to keep tags on the material children and teenagers gain access too. They could easily stumble onto content that isn’t age appropriate, despite parental censors.