posted on Jun, 17 2008 @ 12:27 AM
In my opinion, I really wish I had social networking sites when I was in school. I don't think I would've turned out to be quite as antisocial as I
One thing you may want to look at is how many of these kids are actually meeting new friends to hang out with, instead of the 'lame old ones', so to
speak. It could be a benificial thing. There are kids that are kind of stuck in groups at school, and have no real way out. They get in trouble with
these 'friends'. These are friends from the neighborhood. Now, they get to meet new people from other schools that are nearby that have similar
interests that they couldn't explore with their current friends.
That's just one scenario. Obviously, this could be reversed in a given amount of circumstances.
Also, look at the fact that you get to post your personality online. You like spongebob? Someone else may like spongebob, too. If you are on a social
network, someone else may find you and you can discuss your favorite episodes. Our band has a MySpace page, and we have found alot of people that like
our music. We get to tell them all, at their leisure, that we have an upcoming show. So, they show up, and some may recognize eachother from our
friend list, and they get to talking.
Honestly, I think you are focusing on just the downside of this. We could use the same arguments for any number of social networking solutions. If you
post personal info online, you can be stalked. If you post bad comments about someone, they aren't going to like it, and will most likely find out,
but it's no different than if they say something in school, and word gets around. It's just the way life is, social networking makes it more
If you think about it, people that are antisocial to begin with can actually become social in some way... in a way they couldn't before. Otherwise,
they tend to stay home, become known sociopaths, and don't talk to anyone at all. I'm antisocial, and the networking sites don't hinder me at all,
really. In fact, they help me. I get to make new friends from different countries, and I get to learn more than I could before. It's alot faster, and
easier than penpals, the earlier form of social networking.