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Socialing online is a positive or negative development?

An increasing number of people meet and talk to their friends online instead of in person. In my opinion, this is a negative development which can lead to isolation, potentially harmful situations, and also problems later on in life.

One serious problem that can arise from people socialising online is that it can lead to isolation. Before the internet, people would frequently go out to meet friends, for example in cafes, bars or restaurants, whereas now people prefer to stay at home alone, chatting online. As a result, people are starting to spend the majority of their time at home alone in their room without meeting others. Isolation of this kind is not healthy and can sometimes lead to depression and other issues.

Another issue is that meeting people online can be risky. In other words, people can assume fake identities online as well as hide their true characteristics. This is particularly concerning for teenagers who are impressionable and can easily be led into dangerous situation. Furthermore, as this interaction is online, parents have no way of monitoring it and protecting their children.

Finally, socialising online can end in difficulties years later as conversations and shared photos that had been forgotten reappear. This situation is currently critical for many people, again especially for teenagers who do not think carefully before posting online. That is to say, information which is put online can remain there forever and while people may share intimate communications with close friends, these words can then resurface later on leading to much embarrassment.

In conclusion, although it has become more popular for people to socialise through the internet, it has brought about too many problems for this to be considered as positive trend.

Comments

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,156 mod
    I have mixed feelings about it @lisa. I have met people who met online and subsequently married. However I prefer face to face encounters. I think it is difficult to really get to know a person just through the text messages they write.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,463 mod
    I don't mind socializing online and I don't think I become depressed or feel alone because I use this way of communication.
    It's better than not having communication at all, isn't it?
    It's all about how you use it, I think.
    There is always a danger, a positive and a negative effect in everything.
    Bad people will always find a way to abuse somebody's trust, online or offline.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,156 mod
    I think as long as it isn't anything too serious @april, then it is as good a method as any.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,463 mod
    A good guide for the youth is indeed a necessity, at school, at home.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,156 mod
    I would be worried about young, vulnerable people 'falling in love' over the internet and then maybe getting lured into trouble @april. I can imagine this is a risk.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,463 mod
    Yes, they talk a lot about this kind of problem and understand that they have to be vigilant , but it's so easy to feel flattered by someone's nice words and thinking that "if I do it just once, it might not cause any harm" and before you know there ie no way back.
    You'd be already trapped in criminal's hands.
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