Social Networking - Boon or Bane

With the evolution of the internet, the life of a normal man in the towns changed from just a mere worker from a social person, an artificial social person, sometimes a natural social person. Internet changed many things, I am sure I need not speak much about it. But a special innovation which it brought about was the social networking.

Basically social networking means a way in which one can keep himself connected to his near and dear ones in some way or the other. In the language of internet, it is the same thing, but it is a similar thing conducted in a different way. Here, it is entirely a different thing. The natural social networking involves media like letter, mails, telegrams, phone calls, but today it includes media like SMSs, e-mails, scraps and what not, there are so many terms. I wanted to take this topic into consideration and after a long time, finally I got into a mood to discuss my thoughts with you all. So, I would discuss about the social networking related to internet in the upcoming words.

The Windward Side of It

Social Networking, today, has made the life of the richie riches easier. Those who have nice smartphones in their hands, can easily surf themselves right away.

However, the medium classes can also enjoy this. People can today keep themselves connected to their near and dear ones all the times. They can easily correspond with them anytime they want to do. With offline messages like scraps and offline chat messages they can easily leave a message to their near and dear ones, asking about their welfare or having an informal chat of any type, anytime.

Social networking has enabled us today to climb the mountains of connectivity so easily and you know, the best part of it? Most of the online services like chatting, emailing etc are totally free, so even the middle and the low classes can enjoy the services. It is therefore a big merit of this feature that cutting on the expenditure of ISD call rates, we can easily connect to the people of our beats easily, in case they are living in some other country. With the internet social networking, one can easily present him/her before everyone. What does one need to do? Simply take a stand, spend some 3000-4000 bucks, create your own website, design it, put contents and finally you are done.

In short, it therefore means that one can stay connected even while sleeping, and today to my surprise, marriages are being conducted with the help of the so called matrimony websites which help us find the guys of our taste and finally we can select the bridegroom or the bride, chat to him/her, have a meet with him/her and finally, the "Just Married" signboard will be on the back of the car. Thus, today, to my surprise, internet social networking is helping people get married even. What not we can do? We can show our videos and songs.

These were all the merits of social networking, these were simply the pros, not let's have a look towards the cones.

The Leeward Side of It

Today so many people, especially the old aged people say that the new generation has become so lazy because of social networking feature. Many even say that these so called social networking media are simply making the people of the present generation unsocial by doing all these.

It is notable that due to this feature of the internet, we are making friends with so many people whom we never see in our lives but we spend hours chatting with them without knowing who they actually are. Children of teenage who need to go to the fields and play with their real friends are busy with unidentified people on the net chatting with them, emailing with them, talking about their welfare and having a behavior in such a way that they are even more to them than their real friends. Yeah of course, some may come to a realistic end, but most of them really never meet. Children are becoming lazy talking to these people, maintaining their so called social status and just filling their life with dramatized follow ups. What are they doing? Students go to cyber cafes, spend hundreds of rupees and what they do? They simply keep on writing scraps to their so called distant friends. It really deviates the newbie minds from their actual courses, hitting at their health, hitting at their actual socialism.

There are many leeward aspects, but what I want to question is that is this social networking grasping feature of the internet so social at all. Does it have more merits or more demerits. Anyways, my suggestion to the teenagers especially would be have a consideration on the so called social networked nature of theirs'.


Author: nand kishore singh18 Dec 2009 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

boon or a bane-two sides of a same coin.
if we use it withcare ,it is a boon and vice-versa.

Author: smitha18 Dec 2009 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Whether it is a boon or a bane depends on the user. Its our taste that matters. We involve in things which we are interested in. So we can't blame social networking or any other activity for that matter. It all depends on our character.

Author: Vallabha Rao19 Dec 2009 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

I guess its all in the way you look at it , you have to use it responsibly like any other aspect of technology.

Author: Jonathan Phillip Obregon03 Jan 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

It depends on who is using it. There are advantages and disadvantages. The important thing is to watch the things we do and monitor it considering that just like in our offline life, bad things could happen. But if we are careful, then we can surely reap the rewards.

Author: Suman Negi10 Jan 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

I think it differ from person to person. No one in this world would like to be left alone. Everybody needs some friends to whom he/she can share their feelings, ambitions, happiness, sorrow etc.

Today world has become so competitive. Nobody wants to lag behind and as a result they don't have time to socialize and make friends.

I think Social Networking is a boon if used in a proper way and with maturity in a sensible way, while it can proved to be a bane if a wrong person use it in a wrong way.
For instance: The recent scandal on Orkut,where there were some people smuggling some sort of illegal things to its members.

So, its just two sides of a coin!!

Author: sanjay Nagpur16 Jan 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2

Every coin have two sides.As it is crystal clear that there are some uses and misuses of everything.We can cut vegetable as well as neck of person with the help of knife.It is not right to ban use of knife if someone uses it to kill someone.In yhe same way,social networking websites are very useful.One can exchange views internationally and can improve knowledge.It is correct that few are misusing it for their personal gain.It can be stopped by users only by banning them.

Author: Nandita Gangwal27 Apr 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2


Any new form of communication technology, like anything else in this world has its pros and cons.

Social networking in today's date is not limited to networking and reaching out to one's near and dear ones alone. Smses, BBMs, phone calls and emails and letters and meeting up are standard modes of social netowrking

What is of more interest today is the use of these social media by people across ages to connect in a fashion that wasn't possible earlier.

Networking, by its very mean means connecting links and establishing links for different purposes.

Social networking is about a societal form of networking wherein one can meet, greet, discuss, leave opinions, thereby sharing one's persona, hobbies, interests and much more with people beyond their immediate reach.

The web has created these avenues today. Sits like orkut, facebook, flickr, picasa, and several more provide different channels of social networking.

Photos, video sharing, business promotion and tieups, entertainment sharing, and a lot more has been enabled through the newer channels that keep developing regularly.

When used corectly, these can never be anything but a boon.

Misuse of such supports will obviously always happen. Thus, it is up to individuals as to how they would like to maintain their privay and relations to ensure smooth social networking

Author: Radha Muralidhar18 Jun 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2


Social networking is definitely a boon and a rewarding factor matured individuals who know what they want. For example, you can get any information from these websites. Students who take up competitive exams , share their knowledge repeatedly via these sites.

However, as there are two sides of a coin, young children and teenagers waste their time chatting with total aliens who may misguide them sometimes and trap them. It is very important that adults should counsel these innocent children about the dangers of falling into the trap.

Children of today are becoming hi-tech and computer literate at a very young age and it is quite natural that they need to experiment the latest advancement in technology. Surprisingly, they sometimes help their parents to access to new things on the internet.

In the final analysis, I would say that social networking sites are a boon provides one uses those prudently.

Author: Chitra19 Dec 2013 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

Social networking sites have both positive and negative sides to it. If we use it for our good we can be on the safe side and enjoy its benefits and if we misuse it, definitely we will end up spoiling our life. Many new relations are been set up using these sites. Also, large number of data theft is also been taking place. Be smart enough and stand away from these and use it for your good.

One of the major advantages of social networking sites is to communicate. In this fast moving and busy era, we lack communication and lost contact with lot of our old friends. Though these sites, we get to know about them, their life and can even have a word with them, if time permits. Also, it is a nice medium to advertise and to promote our product, business etc. Large number of people can be reached if we advertise in any of the social networking sites.

Now, when you are recruited by an organization, they ask for your social networking profile to know more about you. That far the world and the networking sites have grown.

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