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The risks and benefits of Facebook and social media.

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´╗┐Aude Puechberty Group 2 Nowadays, who doesn?t use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Youtube, Linkedin or other kind of social media? Even parents and grand parents get cracked for them. Social media are omnipresent in our lives. But before going further, let?s define what social media are. Social media are forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content as pictures, videos, links and so on. As for traditional media, they delivers content but don?t allow readers, viewers and listeners to participate in the creation or development of the content. More and more people are attracted by this kind of communication, especially by Facebook, because it is simple, free, and it is a way to keep always in touch family and friends. Furthermore, a lot of firms use them to spread adverts, and to make their own business. However, do Facebook and social media mean an opportunity or a threat for users? It is indeed at the beginning of the 21st century that users were beginning to see the appeal of social networking and blogging sites like Friendster, Linkedin, and MySpace. The last one (MySpace), had grown to be the most popular social network in the world. Users could create their own profile, and then post music from artists or videos from others websites. ...read more.


Publishing information about itself : yes. But what are the limits of the life?s privacy? Then social networking become a threat for users. The main point is the life?s privacy. Being enrolled in a social media demands to give a certain number of personal information ; name, birth date, address?to create you an account, so your friends can find you and know more about your life. Although you think it?s normal to give such details, your account is, from this moment, public. That means everyone who is on the social network can see most of your information. For example, people might even be destroying your credit rating or attempting to access your e-mail or financial information if they have access to some information. Now let?s take the example of Facebook. If you want to have an account on it, Facebook demands you to sign a ?contract?. First, you just give personal information to create your account. But then, you have to tick a case which is followed by ?I accept all terms and conditions??. People often never have a look on the terms of the deal. In fact, it is said that all the information you will post on Facebook (on your profile page) belong to Facebook?s property. That means pictures, videos and all details of your life are stocked in Facebook?s data. ...read more.


Nevertheless, users don’t always realise the danger of social media. Exposing their private lives to the public, they reveal personal information that can be used against them (account hacking). In addition to, users never pay attention to the terms and conditions of the inscription, and they just sign the contract. Therefore, once they have signed, all of their privet lives are in the hand of social media. Consequences are, most of the time, worse than they are expected to. It can be a simple account hacking, as a spread of some parts of your life outside the network. To sum up, this can destroy your own circle, your career, and even you. Young generation is the most vulnerable target, because young people are often unconscious, and think it doesn’t matter to give personal information on the web. However, we all have to protect our privet lives, by paying attention to dangers of social media. That doesn’t mean we are not allowed to use them. If they didn’t exist, life’s people would be boring. And currently, the human is always trying to find new technologies to satisfy his needs… Sources 1. < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media> 2. Erik Qualman : “14 Social Media Pros and Cons”, 24 November 2010. Web. (13 December 2011). <http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/1900169/14-social-media-pros-cons> 1. Mtc : “Viré à cause de Facebook”, 18 July 2008. Web. (13 December 2011). <http://www.paperblog.fr/907422/vire-a-cause-de-facebook/> 1. Jonathan Strickland : “What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?”. Web (12 December 2011). <http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/information/pros-cons-social-networking1.htm> ...read more.

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