Mike Urban for Reading Eagle says pros of social networking include the ability to meet new people, reacquaint with old friends and distant family members, and bring awareness to social causes. Cons include worries about privacy and dealing with the negativity and hatred spewed by others. Social networking has exploded in recent years as a popular means for friends, business associates and like-minded individuals to communicate with one another.
Mike Urban also notes that the use of social networking is daily activity for most people now, and it attracts users of all genders, ages and races. While some may think that social networking is replacing face-to-face interaction, others would argue that it is a great addition to regular communication channels.
There are some people who find it difficult to make new friends, and social networking provides a less stressful means of connecting with unknown people. Also, social networking can help people to reconnect with long-lost loved ones. Another benefit of social networking is that social causes can be promoted to a wider audience.
On the other hand, hackers can use social media platforms to steal private information and disseminate it throughout the Web. Also, individuals can contact others using a false name or fake identity, and there is no way to tell if someone is who they say they are. Finally, social networking can bring out the worst in mean-spirited people, as they often find it easier to criticize others because they are not speaking to them face-to-face.