Are Social Networking Sites Worth the Consequences?

Essay by njgal2006College, UndergraduateA-, March 2007

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In the past two to three years, we have seen a rise in the use of social networking sites. Along with the rise in usage, we have also seen an increase in the number of rapes, kidnappings, and murders due to these popular social networking sites (i.e. MySpace and Facebook). Although this is a major problem that concerns all social networking site users, college students who use these sites in alarming numbers may have a bigger problem to deal with when it comes to the things they post on their site. One of the reasons that social networking sites have become popular is the fact that students are able to do a variety of things on one site while keeping in touch with friends. A student can log onto their MySpace or Facebook and write a blog about their life, check in with a friend through their page to see what has been going on with them, and post pictures of their wonderful college experiences.

Since these sites are alarmingly popular amongst college students, college administrators are starting to take a closer look at them. Many universities have started to punish their students for the things they are posting on the internet. Employers are also utilizing social networking sites by using it as a screening method for applicants.

College administrators across the nation attempt to regulate underage drinking to the best of their ability. This is often very difficult for them because campuses are so huge and students have so many creative ways to hide their drinking. Many of these underage college students post pictures of their drinking adventures on their social networking sites and college administrators have become aware of this. Some of these administrators have begun to regulate Facebook and other social networking websites on a regular basis...