Thursday, November 19, 2009

What are two advantages of social networks?

Social Networking has erupted over the past decade due to the relative banishment of physical limitations such as time and distance. Compared to the days of non-digital correspondence, social networking allows for relatively instantaneous communication with friends/family/acquaintances all over the world. Very few people would take the time on their own to maintain contact with hundreds of friends, some of whom they haven’t physically seen in years. With social networking, all of the above can be done with the click of a button, and a scroll of the mouse. Such contact has benefits as well. Society has become much more intertwined digitally, and information dissemination as improved exponentially. When a single person creates or disseminates a piece of information, it is likely to be available to hundreds if not thousands of people instantly, thus resulting in the modern phenomenon of information going “viral”. Compared to decades past, a single person today has the potential to spread a piece of information to nearly the entire world within a day.

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