Social Networks - Negative Impact
Likes and dislikes are natural responses to the opinions of human beings according to the things that they are observing at the time and personal preferences. Problems occur when these personal preferences move from the realm of opinion into the realm of facts. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of social networks to discover their potential negative effects on the users and society. The primary focus of this paper being Facebook, one of the biggest names in the industry.
Photographs are a way to memorialize an event that was meaningful, stupid, or sometimes dangerous. People usually share their most cherished photographs with close friends, family, and significant others. This is no longer the case. With the birth of Facebook and the explosion of social networking, complete strangers are now considered close friends because they liked something on the user’s page, or they are friends of friends (Vanderbilt, ). The sheer weight of this phenomenon has reached beyond the social aspect to the business and legal aspect.
It has gotten to the point that businesses now check the Facebook page of potential employees to find out if they are truthful on their applications or to simply find out the kind of person they are outside the interview room. When it comes to the law, Facebook photos are being used as evidence to either prove or disprove an individual's state of mind at the time of the incident (Vanderbilt, ). Sometimes there are a series of photos on the Facebook page that chronicles the incident or even shows the events that led up to it.
The flip side of the situation is that moments change just like people change. The moment the photo was taken was set in stone however the state of the individual may have changed since then. Also, human beings enjoy attention, and some are thrill seekers. Individuals will do things for attention or as a dare that they would not...