After quite a bit of thinking I have come to the realization that social networking sites have actually changed the mind-set of the youth.Have you ever noticed that when young people hangout they are more interested in the taking photos, and updating the virtual world rather than enjoy the event that they attend? I believe that the mind sets are one in which they update the sites to seek approval from friends. They look forward to the likes and comments on their photos. These sites in my opinion gives a sense of ‘being somebody’.
Another aspect of how their mind-set has changed is by their lack for privacy. Young people often use social sites to update their status, and whereabouts. With their updates they often tell people what they are thinking or what their next move will be. Is this really a good thing?
I would like to say that I am not “bashing” the sites or the youth but I would just like to say that these social sites can be used in a more productive way than they are being used right now. For example we can use the sites to promote our career, share our views, and waste less time. Let’s use the social networking sites more productively, to our benefit.
How dependable is the information that is available on the internet? Is the internet taking over our social lives? This week in our Internet and Society class, we did and evaluation of the internet. Some agree that the internet has caused persons to be less sociable. However, the internet has now made it much easier to connect with people around the world. There is also the possibility of making new friends in other countries. This can also be a downside because connecting with a criminal can be a possibility.
Is there a possibility of an increase in fraud as a result of the internet? I believe that there is a vast increase of fraud since the internet was introduced. Any information on the internet can be viewed by other people. One has to be extremely careful with the information that they put on the internet.
The internet has its advantages and disadvantages. Like anything else it has it good and bad. What is important is how and what it is used for.
Lately there has been some controversy over business owners screening prospective employees over Facebook. How ironic. These same employees who are screening their prospective employees are now banning the use of social networks in the workplace.
Many people are in agreement while some are of the strong that social sites contribute to how productive an employee becomes. I am of the opinion that it all depends on the nature of your job. For example as an FBI agent because of the way Facebook operates it may be asset because one is able to establish connections and links of individuals that are under investigation. However, for a profession such as teaching, is it really necessary in the workplace? Yes I know that can be debated.
Social sites can hinder productivity because employees may spend hours on these sites while they could be performing on the job duties. Others may use their judgment and visit the sites as a break to relax from the stress of the jobs. Some employees may also rebel because they believe that employers are restricting their freedom, and are not allowing the opportunity to use their judgment.
Are there any benefits for employers using social sites? Of course there is. Some companies use the sites to connect with customers, and advertise their new products.
How difficult or easy it is to stay off Facebook while at work?
How many of us with a Facebook go one day without visiting the site? The following site highlights 5 problems with social networking in the workplace. Do you agree?