Another privacy issue is hacking. Because social networks do not offer security measures for their users, many of the computers used by networkers are vulnerable to hackers. Every bit of information on a networker’s computer becomes available to those skilled in this science, often without the knowledge of the networker.
Along with the ability to hack is the ability to plant viruses. Many viruses today are passed through social networks, often undetected. Networks are a playing field for computer viruses.
Social networks are largely uncensored. While this may not seem to be an issue, some of the photos and language used by some networkers is inappropriate for children, ...view middle of the document...
Cyber bullies are also able to use social networks as an easy way to blast their prey. Until social networks find a way to screen its users and disallow predators and bullies, this will continue to be a problem with networking.
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One of the greatest impacts of social networking is on the social skills of networkers. Older generations of networkers learned how to communicate and interact long before networking was even a thought, but much of the younger generations do not interact socially except at school and work, where social interaction is well monitored and minimal. Social networking has created a serious breach in the ability of young people to communicate and interact with each other. Children no longer play together; they network. Adults no longer seek physical companionship; instead, they choose to network and have little or no physical contact.
Employers find that many young people do not have the necessary verbal and social skills to obtain a job. Often, those lacking the verbal skills to land a job spend much time networking and texting on cell phones. Not only has social networking impacted the amount of time people spend in physical contact with each other, but it has also caused deterioration in the ability of young people to effectively communicate with potential employers for entry level positions.
Social networking can impact health. The less a person moves the more weight that person is likely to gain, and few calories are being burned while sitting in front of a computer. Co