Social networking technologies can be used for businesses, as well as individuals, to communicate fast and effectively. More specifically, people from around the world can share their thoughts and work with the global community. The communication of ideas has never been so easy to achieve as it is in this age of technology. Independent artists, for example, showcase their work without having to pay a company to publish and distribute it. Ultimately, a collaborative community has emerged, and it serves as an outlet for people who may not have been given the chance to share their work without this technology.
Despite all the positive effects social networking has had on society, it has also had a negative impact. As people, specifically teens, become more exposed to social networking sites, they lose the ability to grow offline. As one New York Times article puts it, “Children used to actually talk to their friends” (“Antisocial Networking?”). Young people are losing the ability to interact with peers in person and are becoming too dependent on sites like Facebook.
Another issue with these social networking technologies is the impending battle on privacy. So much is posted online that it makes you wonder if any of it can truly be private. Even Randi Zuckerberg, sister of the founder and CEO of Facebook, has had problems with his privacy settings on the site. Her family portrait, which was meant to be private, was seen by even her public subscribers had access to it (“Facebook Privacy Is So Confusing Even the Zuckerberg Family Photo Isn’t Private”).
Eventually, companies like Facebook will have to deal with these issues, especially the problem with privacy.