Social networking sites – Boon or Bane?

social networks boon or bane

Last Updated on 13th September 2016.

Background :-

  • Facebook, Twitter are the examples of social networking sites (SNS).
  • Social networking was started on the internet in the form of generalized online communities to group the people having same interests and to share their ideas.
  • The first recognizable social networking site is which was launched in 1997.
  • Now, there are lots of social networking sites for specific interests.
  • As of 2016, 45% of the world’s internet users are on social networking sites.
  • Facebook, launched in 2004, has become the largest social networking site in the world as of now.

Positive Side :-

  • We can keep in touch with friends in today’s busy world.
  • We can improve ourselves by sharing our ideas, information and knowledge with those, who have same interests, even if they are so many miles away from us.
  • Teachers and professors are making groups on SNS to extend classroom discussion, to post assignments, tests & quizzes and to assist students with homework.
  • Many companies are developing interactive communities that connect individuals to share business needs & experiences.
  • Students are connecting with employers via LinkedIn kind of SNS for job opportunities and internships.
  • We can find our friends easily, if we lost contact.
  • Generally social networking sites have a positive atmosphere. For example, Facebook doesn’t send notification, if someone is removed as a friend. So there is a least chance for the person to know that.
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Negative side:-

  • People are increasingly comparing their lives with others that are projecting their life as perfect. This decreases happiness levels and also can lead to self-esteem issues.
  • Privacy is a big drawback of SNS. Some people are using other person’s personal information for malicious intentions.
  • Addiction is another big drawback of SNS.
  • Lot of SNS users are preferring online conversation rather than face-to-face. It’ll effect communication skills, relationships and even mental health.
  • There is a high risk for children and teenagers from cyber stalking.
  • Gossips and rumors spread soon.
  • Spending in front of computer for long hours creates many health problems.

Present situation of social networking sites :-

  • Messaging and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) apps such as hike, whatsapp & Skype are taking over social networking sites.
  • More and more people are diverting to niche based social networking sites, because people want to connect with others of the specific interest.


Social networking sites are a boon. It depends on how we use them, whether to improve ourselves or to degrade. But children and teenagers must be guided by their guardians because they can easily be manipulated and affected by cyber threats.

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We should not disclose too much personal information because its risky. Life will be great, if we spend less time on social networking sites and more time in the real world.

Afterwords :-  What are your thoughts on this topic? Feel free to express your opinion in the comment section below.

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  1. I prefer not to use Twitter or Facebook ,because of causes I have.My favorite social web sites are Google+,notCY and TeachStreet.I find these web sites more interesting ,because they provide many interesting options for their users.

  2. Yes, it’s a boon and a bane. Everything has some advantages and disadvantage. It depends on user how they use that. It’s their mentality. And we can’t change someone’s mentality.

  3. i think social network is both having boon and bane, because it is having communicate our friend and all the peoples to sharing all the information for any time any where , then have to make lot of friendz in their use to help emergeny, at the same time some buddy peoples have to created fake id to sending unwanted information and gathering our information to using badly so its for bane to danger us, so please use limit its… thank you, by, P.Sampath.BCA.,

  4. hey nice appu its 100% truth ………………………there is equal chances boon or bane .. But is it used in good way or not depends on us ………………

  5. I think that social networking is essential for us. The reason is that with the help of these sites we can easily communicate with our friends with minimum cost as compare to mobile and we can make new friends. These sites help us to know that what is going in the world in instant of time.

    But keeping in mind that social networking is a virtual world not real. Its awareness is very important for every human being those uses these sites. Remember excess of any is very harmful.

    Enjoy the life with social networking

  6. Great
    i have got so much help from ur post that i need not to go anywhere in d net for further reading

  7. yeah its both, boon as well as bane it literally depends upon the person for which purpose he/she is using these sns ……

  8. Yes i totally agree it is a boon and a bane, it totally depends on the user how to use them. but the point to keep in mind is that there are more advantages than disadvantages, so neglecting the negative points. it is a boon

    An Irony in this field is, those who are against SNS themselves have an account on such sites… you agree?

  9. Hey buddy,u doing great job by posting blogs on hot topics like above..its helpfull..keep posting..thnks 🙂

  10. Its very nice blog appu………please keep it on with more topics….specially current hot topics.It will be very helpful for fresers..

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