Merits and Demerits of Social Networking sites

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Introduction

Social networking sites

Social networking refers to the use of online social networks such as Facebook, twitter, Hi5 and Google+ to communicate with other people. A social network can include blogs and ways to share text and ideas, groups,private messaging, a chat facility and file- or photo-sharing functions. Social Networking sites have always opened the gates of debates among users and non users. Are Social Networking sites Boon or Bane?

Need of social networking sites:

Social networking is fundamentally shifting the way we interact, communicate, organize, form opinions, and even shop. Its blurring boundaries, increasing transparency and creating fluidity in everything we do. Growing rapidly, companies, large and small, can no longer ignore or try to block social networking in their environment. The reality is you need to go where your target audiences are – and people are more likely to participate in a social media forum than any other venue. Customers, partners, and employees, alike expect to engage with you via social media – it’s a way for you to stay connected, gather feedback, recruit, and collaborate. As a result, you need to support social media in your environment to enable the innovation, increased productivity, and accelerated growth that will drive your business.

Some examples of popular social networking sites:

FacebookFacebook is a social networking site that allows people to communicate with their friends and exchange information. In May 2007 Facebook launched the Facebook Platform which provides a framework for developers to create applications.

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MySpace: MySpace is a social networking site offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs and groups, commonly used for sharing photos, music and videos

Twitter: Twitter is an example of a micro-blogging service. Twitter can be used in a variety of ways including sharing brief information with users and providing support for one’s peers.

G+ OR Google+ : Here while describing about social networking sites we can not miss BIG G Google+ , Although It has not been able to create proper niche in social sites uptill now but business class is pushing it just to help its pages to get upper ranking in google search , Although G+ , according to me is better in terms of features than all other networking sites but then even shifting from facebook , twitter to G+ for normal consumer will take lot of time and we will have to see how long it takes.

Merits of social networking sites

  • Finding Good People: Social Networking sites like LinkedIn are a great resource for business owners to find new talent or even partners for a new venture.
  • Free Business Promotion: This is probably the biggest advantage for business owners using social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and many others are great forums for you to talk about your business, your services and even exhibit your industry expertise.
  • Low Cost Advertising: Some social networking sites provide a business owner with the opportunity to advertise to a very specific demographic for very little money. So you can advertise to exactly the customer that you want to attract and save money versus other forms of advertising.
  • Application: Through social networking sites, we can get attention of huge number of our target customers at a time, so it can be used to promote business, to advertise for our business, to take taste of the customers that what changes they want. It can be used as a platform to promote and advertise business.
  • Build your credibility: By consistently interacting and posting a person can build trust and credibility amongs their audience which in turn can lead to more business.
  • Ease of Communication: Social networking sites allow you a fast and free resource for communicating with your customers and potential customers. Announce sales, promotions, special events and more by simply typing your message and posting it to your page or profile.

 Demerits of social networking sites

  • Privacy: Nowadays, the social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are open for anyone who wants to participate. On social networking sites users express  very  powerful  concerns  about  privacy  of  their  personal  information,  but do not care about  safeguarding it. Although a lot of the information individuals’ supply on  social-networking sites is elective, users are progressively more comfortable with displaying a great deal of personal information online. Therefore, one of the main concerns for users who register in these sites is privacy. So, the privacy is one of the obstacles that have faced the use of social networking in education.
  • Real friendship: Through social networking, person has a lot of friend but the quality and integrity of these friendships is not always true. On the other hand, data on these social-networking sites for a person is not always 100% honest and reliable, and they do not verify personal details (age, location, etc.) of their members. While sites provide an opportunity for individuals to present a positive and accurate self-image, there is an equal potential to abuse this openness. So, having many friends through social networking sites is likely to be more harmful than good.
  • Time consumption: The amount of time spent by individuals with each other online has risen to greater extent. This has effect on health of individuals, because spending a lot of time browsing these social networks can affect the way the genes operate within the human body, and weakens the immune and hormone levels. In addition, it is also has an impact on mental health. Moreover, the use of social networking in the education can cause lack of motivation towards learning and can be boring sitting in front of computer for a long time.

More Points

  • Through social networking one can increase own language and communication skill. Being a member of a social network, he become a part of a world community.
  • Social networking sites would be very much useful for  studies if used efficiently.
  • Social networking sites have already conquered the minds of not only young people but also adult people all over the world. It can offer a large scale of interactivity and connectivity without boundaries of distance.  It can also evolve as a social media which shares and deals the things from bedroom to parliament.  It can become the best media for information transferring media.

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CONCLUSION: Social network has made the life of people more easy and interesting, its negative impact has created insecurity among themEverything has some good effects and some bad effects but it fully depends on individual how to utilize good effect and how to convert bad effects into good effects. At last I would like to conclude “SOCIAL MEDIA SHOULD IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, NOT BECOME YOUR LIFE!”.

It is just social networking sites which offers people to express views FREE of any boundaries and has made every one Journalist.

My conclusion is that Whole social networks are good and it should be used with intelligence…

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89 Responses to Merits and Demerits of Social Networking sites

  1. oishi chatterjee says:

    Just few years back the idea of social sites was revolutionary, social sites made it possible to find out old friends and make new ones, Its not just facebook or twitter or myspace numerous social sites have surrounded us from horizon to zenith. Companies have started including buisness technologies like cloud computing through social sites. The way it has positive sides it also have some negative effects on society.
    Therefore we should also know the good tend to outweigh the bad, and the way we should use the sites by being on safer side

  2. Sneha sinha says:

    Today social networking plays an important role in our day to day life..It helps us to connect with our friends and to make new friends,promote any business enterprise,advertise about products and allow us to put opinion about any situation,create awareness about any cause etc ..In short it has made world smaller and improved connectivity..In this article merits and demerits have being pointed out very wisely and so it demands that every user of social networking sites should use it responsibly ..

  3. Social networking sites are definitely a very useful platform in today’s busy life. It helps us connect to our kith & kin at the click of a mouse. Now a days life has become very hectic and people are too busy to take out time from their daily schedule and have a nice chat over a cup of coffee or tea with their friends and relatives. But by the increase in the advent of social networking sites we are able to keep in touch with them easily, not only with people we know but we also get an opportunity to interact with complete strangers who many a times prove to be very dependable friends in the long-run. Not only that, social networking sites also provide a platform to voice our opinions and put forward our thoughts in public. it is a very strong medium to reach out to the mass, hence it is also very popular amongst our leaders. But as said, everything has a dark side to it. so does this. People misuse this power to mislead the masses. As the statistics shows in this article our youth uses this medium extensively & is very much influenced by it. And many terrorist groups take the advantage of this opportunity & use this as a tool to mislead the vulnerable youth around the world. People also fake identities and portray to be someone else which is a crime in itself. the over-usage of social networking in our daily lives is kind of taking away the warmth from relationships where we forget the importance of meeting our near and dear ones personally. This affects our culture adversely. but then again, there are always demerits and merits to everything so we must use social networking responsibly & wisely enough.

  4. Seema Mishra says:

    In this hi-tech era of science &technology, networking sites like Google, facebook , twitter,yahoo,…etc. have become inseparable parts of our life.!!!
    Social networking site is indeed boon in today’s life,as it is bringing people closer and letting them communicate with each other, without any fear and barrier.But still one need to be cautious of what level of personal information they are sharing with strangers on the social network.

  5. Rohit Kumar says:

    Merits
    1-one remain in touch with his friends circle after getting out from any institution
    2-got the update abut friends and their recent activities
    3-it can be used for social awareness and cause

    demerits
    1-people are wasting most of their times
    2-came close to many strangers
    3-many fake account are misleading many peoples

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