So much time is spent talking about how terrible social networking sites are but few people ever see that these sites can have a real benefit to society in some ways. In this article:
the topic of politics brings up an interesting case in social networking. Especially in a younger generation who spends a great deal of time on sites like Facebook, social networking helped to spike their interest and get them following politics through the sites themselves. Apparently they were a good source of information regarding political campaigns.
Unfortunately, most of the time the cons outweigh the pros when it comes to social networking and the big issue with these sites is security. While many of these sites are doing a good job of trying to protect against security issues, the one thing none of them can get around is the ignorance of the average user. According to the article, in just one year, phishing on these sites went up by 240%. This wouldn’t be nearly so high if it didn’t work a good amount of the time and unfortunately, many people grow up knowing how to use the internet but not about how to protect themselves against obvious scams such as this.