Many people believe that social networking sites (such as Facebook) have had a huge negative impact on both individuals and society. To what extent do you agree?

In the years following the introduction of Facebook, there have been many changes in our
society
and community, some good and some bad. In my view, I believe that while there have been some negative impacts from social networking sites, the positives far outweigh the negative impacts. One of the major
advantage
Suggestion
advantages
of social networking sites for individuals and
society
is that communication with one another is easy and instant regardless of the geographical location. We can instantly speak with someone on the other side of the world and get a response just as fast.
Additionally
, now, more than ever, we can keep up with real time news and information discovery unlike 20 years ago when we solely relied on newspapers and news telecast on televisions to know what is happening around the globe.
Furthermore
, social networking sites
also
act as a low cost marketing platform for small, medium enterprises. Many business owners in the
society
out there depend solely on social networking sites able to sell and promote their products. They would not be able to operate without it. There is
also
the added benefit of social networking sites being fun and enjoyable for individuals to use.
However
, there are some adverse impacts of social networking sites individuals and
society
. Concerning individuals, it is easy to be too preoccupied with the
usage
Suggestion
use
of social networking sites
such
that offline interactions are disregarded.
For example
, some people would rather stay in and browse on social networking sites
instead
of taking part in events with family, friends or local community.
This
in return would
also
adversely affect
society
as people in the local community are no longer forging close and supporting relationships as before.
Moreover
,
society
as a whole is
also
becoming increasingly disjointed and fragmented as people spend more time online with people they have never met face to face and who they are unlikely to ever meet in the future. Another negative impact is that usage of social networking site promotes
sedentary lifestyle
Suggestion
a sedentary lifestyle
in the
society
as people these days are spending more time
indoor
within a building
indoors
than ever, with eyes glued to their screens. To conclude, social networking sites have impacted individuals and
society
in both negative and positive ways. It is important to manage the usage of social networking sites
such
that the negative impacts can be minimised.

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