Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society

1659 words 7 pages
Liliana Katiana
English I
May 18, 2013
Are Social Networking Sites Good For Our Society? Many people in our society can relate. We wake up, check our phones. We go to school, check our phones. We go home, check our phones. And right before we go to bed, we check our phones. And for what? What are we constantly checking? Imagine logging out of social networking sites for one day. How would you feel? You would probably feel disconnected and want to log back on as soon as possible. This generation uses these websites to connect, to stay in the loop, and to become involved. However, people will take advantage of the use of these websites, and in return, the websites take over the majority of their life. The act of constantly wanting to be
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The third, and final, issue caused by social networking is the spread of false information, fake rumors, and gossip. “49.1% of people have heard false news via social media.” (Are Social Networking Sites Good For Our Society?) Social networking sites such as Twitter can cause the fast, viral spread of false information about events such as the Boston bombings, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, and Hurricane Sandy. For example, during the Sandy Hook tragedy a cop stated, “There has been misinformation coming from people posing as the shooter in this case, using other IDs, mimicking this crime and crime scene,” Vance said, adding that some of the posts are of a “threatening manner.” (Roberts) False information this is being spread around is dangerous, because people can we falsely accused of a crime that they did not commit. Also, when Hurricane Sandy occurred, Detroit Free Press states, “The story of Hurricane Sandy unfolded quickly on social media: a poignant photo of soldiers standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a picture of a giant wave slamming into the Statue of Liberty, and TV reports that 3 feet of water flooded the New York Stock Exchange. None of it was true.” (Bello). This rumor wreaked havoc, and causing a frenzy throughout the nation, all because of one person. People have been wrongly accused, phony threats and calls have been reported, and fake outcomes of natural disasters have been spread through

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