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Impact of social networking sites on social life
Social networking sites provide us the opportunity to explore the whole world, make friends, share moments with the rest of the world through Internet. These sites have a deep impact on our socio-psychological behaviour.
TODAY, WE are flooded with numerous social networking sites on the Internet like Orkut, Facebook etc. These social networking sites create a virtual world with the opportunities for making friends, chatting, sharing moments etc.

We see variety of people on these sites. We have freedom to categorise them, freedom to pick and choose them as our friend, as we do in our real life. But there is a big difference; we do not actually meet them.

Nevertheless, these virtual friends provide us with a platform where we can, without hesitation, share our feelings, which otherwise we would not have discussed face to face.

Moreover, in today’s fast world, we have paucity of time; these sites furnish us with flexibility of time. We can contact our friends at our convenience and vice-versa.

Also, these sites breach the regional, national, cultural, social boundaries for making friends, knowing them, understanding their culture, tradition and providing us the opportunity for cultural synthesis.

However, the above said depicts only one side of the coin. If we are surfing on these social networking sites and putting our personal details on it, there is a chance of its misuse. In the past, we have heard of numerous abuses on these sites like morphing of photographs etc.

Also, most of the information put on the social networking sites is fake, concocted or half truths. While going through these informations we feel annoyed on one hand and also develop the same habit of posting misleading information on the other. This way it adds negatively to socio-psychological behaviour of the human being. The people are getting addicted to these sites day-by-day. The numbers of users is on the rise. This proves that e-world is taking its toll over the real world. The people are getting secluded. For the sake of numbers, they have lots of friends, but in reality they are devoid of good friends. This again, affects human behaviour. People are becoming individualistic. Social values are vanishing.

In the end, I must reiterate that, we must not develop this opinion that social networking sites are inherently not good. Indeed, they are good, but we should take personal care that these sites should be used judiciously. We should post relevant information only and not very personal ones, so that, in future we do not regret it. Also, information posted should be authentic, so that it becomes a source of awareness not sensation. Finally, we must be vigilant that e-world cannot be a substitute for the real world. So, we need to learn to respect the real people...and real life.

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