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Teresa SCH

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PostSubject: Social Media - friend or foe   Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:12 pm

Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc, has truly opened up opportunities for computer users to know a lot of people quick and easy. It has certainly had a positive impact for people who have social or physical mobility restrictions by allowing them to build and maintain relationships with friends and families they otherwise could not achieve.
Having an internet presence allows us to present out best selves, and communicate with scores of people who share similar interests.

However, there are certainly some drawbacks.
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and the Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center, the negative effects presented by respondents included time spent online robs the individual of valuable time from important face-to-face relationships and other important tasks, and it fosters mostly shallow and meaningless relationships, which again is time wasted.

Privacy issues are another negative. It seems the younger generations have a complete disregard for their own privacy, which can open "on-line" doors to unwelcome predators or stalkers. Surprisingly, many people don't even set their FB profiles to private. Bad move.

People post photographs and video files on social networking sites without thinking twice. Be forewarned, those files can reappear anywhere.
Facebook has had numerous online privacy breaches and is constantly revising their privacy policy and changing privacy controls for their users, but there are never any guarantees.

But did you know social media screening is being used more and more by organizations as part of their background check processes when individuals apply for work, college entry or even club memberships? Now, I don't tell you this to prompt you to hide or revise your Face Book profiles. You may be a perfectly ordinary, ethical, and moral individual. But consider who your network friends are and the information THEY post to your FB Wall. And how many friends do you really have? Is there some cosmic contest that says the person with the most friends wins? Perhaps one should consider, who have we aligned ourselves with that could in fact make us look bad. Occasionally, we should all review our FRIENDS list and even cultivate some face-to-face friends too, as that will help you to improve your real social skills, (the kind that are really important).

Just food for thought.

The TCFL forum has initiated some security measures to help keep its members information private from non-members. You can read about it at http://tcfl.forumotion.com/f76-for-your-safety
Members do have the ability to apply individual security settings on their Profile Page.
Be safe, and always consider what information you are putting out there for the world to see.
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