Friday, February 25, 2011

The Pros and Cons of Social Network

A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes", which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. Everything has its own pros and cons, so do social network such as the following table:


You can overcome your timidity

Contacting with other people through the internet becomes easier for shy people. Shy people can overcome this using social networking platform to stabilish contacts. Later the interaction it´s easier because they have already talked and interacted online.

The risk of identity theft and fraud

The personal information of users can be used by dubious people for illegal activities. Information like the e-mail address, name, location, and age can be used to commit online crimes.
Some social networks are good opportunities to find a job

Nowadays the big companies have specialists on human resources that search for profiles in these kinds of sites to recruit new collaborators. If you´re looking for job you can create a profile (a serious, professional and complete profile) and you might be discovered and recruited by a company. You can describe your capabilities and publish some of your works - and with a little luck you can find a job.
Fake duplicate

Many people pretend to be someone else and prepare their online profiles with false information, so as to dupe unsuspecting users. So, if you do not know the person face to face then it will be very hard for you to find the real identity.
You can meet new people

Social networking sites are the perfect spot to meet new people online. With the help of advanced search tools you can find users who have the same interests you do and that can be the starting point of a great friendship and/or relationship. Many people meet online and then stabilish a relationship in real life - getting married, having children, etc.

Online harassment and stalking

Since the social networking sites, are very poorly regulated so it can be a very fertile ground for people trying to get even with you. They can spread malicious humor among your friends and also download and morph your photos.

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