Social networking sites have made the world a smaller place. Social networks can put you (back) in touch with people who you have lots in common with, and that common ground is often the starting point for long-lasting relationships.As painful as break-ups can be, they can sometimes be the right thing for all concerned.They may not be friends you know on a personal level and spend time with in the real world on a weekly basis. There are several people I consider friends who I have never met — in fact, I may never meet them — but that doesn’t lessen the connection we have thanks to social networks.Social networking sites can help you make and keep friends. They will listen to what you have to say, and help you deal with any problems you may be facing.One of the reasons I dislike making phone calls is the unnecessary banter they necessitate.You can’t just say what you want to say and then hang up. Instead, you have to swap pleasantries before saying what you want to say, and then swap more pleasantries before the conversation comes to a natural conclusion.Social networking sites can act as a kind of group therapy session.Our time is being stretched thinner and thinner by work and family commitments.
Having already looked at the negative impact of social networking sites on society, I thought it only fair to redress the balance. Using the previous article as a loose template it’s clear to see that what some people would conceive as negatives can also be positives.
Friends you haven’t seen since school, and who have since moved away, are able to keep in touch.
While location-based services such as Foursquare and Swarm put an emphasis on your location, social networking as a whole means it has become a lot less important. But there is another side to the story, which is that people are moving onto other, perhaps better, relationships.
However, it’s now such a massive part of all our lives, whether we embrace or reject the notion, that it can no longer be ignored.
Are social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter a force for good or evil?