Do you feel you can’t stop checking your social networking sites as Facebook, Vkontakte, Classmates profile every 5 minutes? Are you irritated when internet is not available? Congratulations! You are “lucky” to be among those who suffer from reliance on social networks.
Social networks firmly entered our lives. Kazakhstan is not at the top of the world internet users yet, but, it seems to be simply matter of time. Just look around, I am sure you have got many friends or relatives who are engaged at least in one account in social networks which is used every day. For many of us social networks profile is like the reflection of our personality, it is like our parallel life. It is impossible to imagine us without this virtual life.
Psychologists raise alarm that more and more people spend their time in social networks. At the beginning they think they are just hanging out, further it develops into pathological dependence. As a result a day passed without internet and social networks seems to be an icky day.
A lot is said and written about social networking sites potential harm and risks, and not only to the health. An online user looses contacts with real life. The more time he spends on these social media sites, the less time he will spend socializing in person with others. This certainly reduces his communication skills. He will not be able to communicate and socialize effectively in person with others. However, these social networking sites can be very beneficial for keeping up with family members, friends, colleagues, etc. who live far away. So they can then experience all the things that someone does, and comment on them. Then, they share in the experience, rather than just being “informed” about them during weekly phone calls. Although social media can be great to keep in touch with friends and family, it is still really important to have live in person contact with your friends and family.
So in short, a social networking site has innumerable pros and cons. What is needed is awareness among people about the cons while enjoying the pros of it, I think.