1.It is crucial to understand that today social networking sites are a part of business life in the United States. In fact a August 2008 Sun Times article stated that 92% of all businesses in the United States use some official form of social networking and without it productivity would decrease drastically.
Martin Silman, executive director at AT&T, said: “Social networking sites are changing the way corporations communicate for the better.”
2. A November 2008 Chicago Tribune article
86% of employees that use social networking sites are doing it for reasons that are beneficial to their company, reasons such as finding solutions to a problem and sparking individual creativity.
The article stated that researches say that bosses should encourage the use of social networking for personal reasons. These “electronic breaks” actually incrase staff efficiency and morale thus increasing profits states Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a psychologist at Goldsmiths University. Social Networking sites actually help reduce health risks, especially among adolescents and young adults, the most common users of Social Networking sites.
1.A study sponsered by BlueCross BlueShield entitled “What are adolescents showing about their health risk behaviors on Myspace?”
A. Adolescents are generally a healthy population, with most health risks stemming from health risk behaviors.Social networking sites may be used for targeted interventions by health educators and providers. Several important risk factors can be identified effectively and efficiently using publicly available Web profiles. The Media Practice Model states that adolescents choose and interact with media on the basis of who they are, or who they want to be, at the moment. This theory suggests that adolescent disclosures made on MySpace profiles reflect either actual behaviors or behavioral intent, both of which are of interest to healthcare providers, educators, and parents.
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