Friday, September 24, 2010

Social Networking Sites On The Go

        Anyone who has not had the slightest idea what on earth are Twitter, Plurk, Multiply, Friendster and Facebook must either be too naïve or Digital, a Filipino-owned digital marketing company, almost 70 percent of internet users in the Philippines use Friendster. Other research shows that a great number of Filipinos are Multiply users and just recently, the Philippines ranked 8th place as the country with the largest number of Facebookers worldwide.

These facts tell that Filipinos and people from all over the globe can’t help it but be captivated by these social networking sites. This is because these sites allow people to keep in touch with one another no matter the distance at the comforts of their own homes. From the sound of that, social networking sites sure spell captivating, but before you glue your eyes on your computer monitors, there are hitches you should know.

These sites aren’t only made so that people could socialize; on the contrary, it contributes to people becoming increasingly isolated. People have to spend considerable amount of time sitting in front of their computers updating their profiles because that is what you should do the moment you signed up for a social networking account. Besides, what’s the use of Facebook account if you won’t update it anyway? People get to interact lesser with other people who they really care for and aren’t virtually present because of what social networking sites require from them.

Social networking sites also blur the distinction between real friends and not; there is a growing confusion between the people we really care about and the people we don’t. Yes, despite the charisma these sites have for us, they sure cost us a lot of hospital bills when worse get to worst.

While people confidently post their information on these sites, one’s privacy is at stake. Does extended network ring a bell? Even if you’ve secured all your information it is still possible for culprits to pry into some of your information. Also, social networking sites features “send a message” so that strangers could initiate their evil tricks. In a social networking site your private information is vulnerable to people with bad intentions – bullies, stalkers, fraudsters and identity thieves counted.

While it is true that we are the ones responsible for our actions, we simply can’t deny the fact that actions are always triggered by motivations. The presence of these online social networking avenues motivates people to use it as it is.

        Happy Surfing the Net guys and Oh! be careful!!! ^_^

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I thought that Phil would be 50th or 100th on the line. I'm mesmerize that Phil rank 8th!