Effects of Social Networking


Social networking has become a part of daily life for most people living in affluent areas. It is used both on a business and a personal level and has become such a big influence that mobile phones are no longer a means only to make phone calls and send text messages. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are used on many different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and computers. Social Networking does have many positives and negatives for users although many people ignore the possible dangers and negatives when using social networking.


Social networking can have a detrimental effect on family life as people look to using Social networking instead of talking. Many people look toward Social networking from the moment they wake to the moment they go to sleep. This has replaced the idea of a family being able to spend time with each other. This is not the only problem with Social networking as other negative impacts can include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Jealousy in relationships
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Addiction

Cyber bullying is a major issue that has hit recent headlines. People often feel more secure behind a screen than to speak to someone face to face meaning that bullying can spread easily and quickly.

Jealousy can also easily be found as someone may not like who their partner is talking to. This can cause bullying in a relationship or in other cases can lead to the ruin of a relationship.

Other issues with Social networking is that it can be addictive. Games are designed to be addictive enticing the user to spend money to further their game. This kind of addiction can also lead to sleep deprivation as a user would rather play than to sleep.


Although there are many negative points to using Social networking, there are also many benefits that can be found for both business and private uses. Positive points of Social networking include:

  • Keeping in touch with family and friends worldwide in an instant
  • Being able to express yourself.
  • Advertising business services or products reaching a wider audience
  • Sharing your feelings with others


Although there are many negative and positive points to using Social networking, most of the negative points can easily be remedied. Simple things such as setting time limits on Social networking can help with sleep deprivation and addiction. Also privacy settings can be used to help with cyber bullying and can be used to control what your partner can see. On the whole social networking can be more useful when used correctly.

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