Are Social Networks Good For Society?

In my opinion, having Social networks is a great asset and it is good for society because people can stay connected, express themselves and also disseminate information. Some of the popular social networks sites used are Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger.

Reason one, I believe social networking is good because it lets family and friends stay connected. According to my reference www.newsroom.fb.com, approximately 80% of our monthly active users are outside the U.S and Canada. There was 483 million daily active users on average in Dec 2011. Another example is that I personally communicate with my older sister who resides in North Carolina via Facebook.

The second reason, I believe social networking is good for society is because it's a way for people to express themselves. For example some of my friends use their facebook page to state how they feel or what they are presently doing.

A third reason i believe social networking is good for society because it is a great way put out information. For example the Trayvon Martin situation, media stated that an unarmed teenager was walking home and he got shot by man who thought he looked suspicious. Since that has happened relatives, family, and friends used the social media to rally and protest the situation.

Counter Arguments

One counter argument, is that people spend more time online and less time face to face.
A rebuttal to that argument is that social networking can be used for education purposes that probably the reason they spend a lot time online. And, there are websites that you can use to talk to people face to face. For example Oovoo, Skype and Facebook video chat. As I stated earlier me and my sister use these sites to communicate face to face.

A second counter argument, is that people put up photos, text, that can not be deleted.
A rebuttal to that argument is that teens should be more conscious of what they upload on social networks.For example my family watches my Facebook page to ensure that I don't put up inappropriate photos or any personal information.

In conclusion, i still believe that social networks are good for society. For example its a good way to communicate and also send out information. But there are some negative assets, for example people spend more time online and people don't interact with other people and teenagers put up inappropriate photos and texts that cannot be delete. Even though other ways to interact with people and that people should learn how to be conscious about what they put up on the internet. Overall I still believe social networks are good for society.