People turn to social networking for various reasons. Some people are naturally social, like to meet different people with common interests. Some people use social networking to keep in touch with old friends, family members across the world, others use social networking as a way to stay connected with business colleges. Social networking provides a way for people to express their opinions and beliefs with others, in their own manner. While there are multiple reasons why social networking is a positive and healthy activity, that’s not always the case for some people.
Personal safety is a real issue when dealing with social networking. Changing your status to reflect you’ll be on vacation or just ran to the market is not smart at all. Someone looking to harm you, your house or have some other off the wall plans, use information like that to harm you, your children, your property. If you really feel the need to share what your doing or where you are, wait until after the fact and then post what a wonderful time you had or about the rude cashier at the market. Personal safety online is very important. A little common sense could keep you safe. While lack of common sense could land you in harms way.
Social networking can open you, your family or other loved ones up for cyber bullying. When we hear of cyber bullying, it’s usually dealing with an incident at a school or college campus. Anyone online can be subject to cyber bullying. When dealing with people online, never give out personal information. Just because you “know” this person online, does not mean they are being honest about their offline life. If you are a victim of cyber bullying, you never want that person to be able to show up on your door step. Use common sense. If you are being cyber bullied, the best thing to do is block the person from your social networking sites, your chats, your emails and any other way they contact you.
Social networking can have negative effects on your relationship. Your relationship could suffer due to being addicted to social networking, being lured into a situation that leads to infidelity or just sharing way to much personal information.
Places like MySpace and Facebook could make you loose your job or keep you from employment at all. It’s becoming a fairly common practice for employers to search prospective employees before granting an interview. If you’ve had a bad day or strongly dislike your boss, it’s not a good idea to post that on your status. If your boss would see it, you could be without a job.
When using social networking, it’s a good idea to use common sense. When enjoying social networking, remember whom you are dealing with. If you don’t know the person in your real, offline life, then they are still considered a stranger. When giving out information use extreme caution, you don’t want to be the missing or dead person on the news.