Alhussain Al Duways
Effects of Social Networking to Teenagers
A social networking is an online interaction service that managed to build people and connect them with shared interest (Boyd & Ellison, 2007). Social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter has attracted millions of users who have integrated these sites into their daily practices. Some sites cater to diverse audiences while others attract people based on their common language or national â€“based identity by making their own blog in the web. Last year, there are 483 million daily active users on average in December 2011 and they had 845 ...view middle of the document...
Having these statement we could accumulate that Social Networking Sites brought a great impact to the youth especially teenagers. Thus, this impact could be advantageous and disadvantageous. (Boyd, d. m., & Ellison, N. B. 2007).
What are the negative effects of social networking and what are the problems that result from these effects? Now, this term paper aims to discuss the effects of social networking sites to teenagers. It increasingly interest academic and industry researchers who were intrigued by Social Networking Sitesâ€™ affordability and reach. Besides, we researchers want to specify that we would like to discuss only negative effects of Social Networking Sites to teenagers focusing with these areas. First, Social Networking causes cyber bullying and personal fraud. How are these two connected? According to Ann FrisÃ©n, Professor of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Cyber bullying occurs when new technologies such as computers used to harass or bully somebody. The perpetrators often use SMS, e-mail, chat rooms and Facebook to spread their message. While personal fraud is a crime type that is rapidly growing in the society because of the wide range of expansion and availability of internet technology and the enhancement of electronic storage, spread and distribution of data (Australian Bureau of Statistics,2008). Then, cyber bullying and personal fraud would lead to several problems, these includes: depression, isolation and invasion of privacy. For better understanding, the researchers would discuss briefly these three problems. First, Young victims of electronic or cyber bullying which occurs online are more likely to suffer from depression than their tormentors are a new study of (Science Daily, 2010). Cyber bullying has more grave impact to its target victim mentally because of its wide range of audience since it can be seen worldwide and this causes traumatic experience to the victims that lead to mild or severe depression rather than traditional bullying which caters only limited audience. Because of severe depression of the victim that would lead to another problem which is isolation since the victim is being humiliated it would now be a hindrance for the victim to mingle and could weaken the strong ties as e result of preoccupied mind and eventually interferes and lessens with the victimâ€™s interpersonal skills. This is true also for the victims of personal fraud since their information are being stolen. And this would lead to invasion of privacy, since the victim has no personal space anymore and plagiarizes the personal data of the victim. For further integration, the researchers would discuss thoroughly these problems in the later part and discover how these affect the point of view of the readers. Furthermore, the researchers have conducted this study to give importance to this rising problems and to look at the possible effects and analyze each effect further. If each effect would already be...