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Running head: THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS The Negative Impact of Social Networks Frankie Morales Martinez DeVry University 1 THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 2 The Negative Impacts of Social Networks “Coby Persin a You Tube filmmaker who has conducted several social experiments using social networks (Wright, 2015). For example he made a fake Facebook account, posed as a fifteen year old boy and friended three girls online. He talked to them for several days via Facebook. He then asked one of the girls who was 14 to meet him at a local park. When the young teen arrived at the park and saw Coby Persin, she didn’t seem to matter that he did not look like anything on his profile picture. The good thing for her was that this was just an experiment and her father was there (Wright, 2015). Now think for a moment if this was not a social experiment. This young teen could have been abducted. The second girl of the three was 12 years old. Coby Persin again posing as a 15 year old boy online. He asked this particular girl if he could come over to her house. The 12 year old said you can come over after my dad falls asleep (Wright, 2015). He communicated with her via Facebook messenger. Just another way to communicate via means of a social networking site. Her father was in the vehicle with Coby Persin, but the girl thought he had fell asleep, so she said it was ok to come by. She messaged the address to Coby and they arrived at the address and she answered the door (Wright, 2015). Once again this is just another of many examples that you will see throughout your readings of this paper. The negative impact of social media is in front of use every day and seems to be over shadow by all the supposedly good things that it does for everyone. There is a price to pay for all that seem to be easy to access. So we as a society should be better in touch with how it is truly affecting everyone. There are 750,000 registered child predators in the United States and just remember the key to that statement is REGISTERED. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 3 Problem Analysis So what is the first thing we should ask our self? With social networks/media that can give us all this wonderful information at the touch of a key stroke or the push of a play button online. It must have only positive things. That is just the opposite of what social networks are doing to our society. “What is the effect? The effect of social media has caused various types of issues. Cyberbullying, privacy concerns, depression, suicide, harassment, obsession, distraction, and self-consciousness are just some of the problems created because of social media. The rate of these problems has been increasing over these past few years, because the number of users of these social networking sites has been increasing” (Kouyoumjian, 2013). This is a very important topic to bring awareness to because it has made it so easy to communicate with each other and to get things done. Although these things are good, we have become a complacent society and have let our guard down and are putting any and all of our personal information out there for all to see. The new application Periscope allows you to live stream video to anyone in this world who has the same application. Why this in itself may seem good, there is always someone out there trying to find a way to bring harm to you physically as well as socially online. Awareness online should be very important to everyone, but we as a whole society seem to be getting further down the rabbit hole with information with no thought of the negative impact it is having on society. It has become more important for people to record and incident than it is to assist someone who may be in trouble, just so that it can be posted online. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 4 “There are also cyber-criminals who seek out vulnerable profiles to get information” (Wright, 2015). Why in today’s society do we think that it is the social norm to give out our personal information? If you are a member of any social networking site you have given up your privacy and given control to the owners and operators of that site. It is something that we do each day, hoping that we will not become the victim of some sort of cyber-criminal. Having your address posted on your profile, your vacation plans and pictures of where you are at. Cyber criminals are looking at all of that information and you can become a victim of a crime. Just by answering a friend question for example: Where are you and for how long? Now you are a victim of a burglary because you just told everyone you are away from your home and will be back at a certain time. We are so quick or feel the need to keep in contact with family and friends. It’s the old adage that it will never happen to me. Or we say things like that never happen in our neighborhood. “Social networking sites enable the spread of unreliable and false information as well the lack privacy and expose users to government and corporate intrusions. Students who are heavy social media users tend to have lower grades” (ProCon, 2015). In today’s society of everyone needing information now and can’t wait. The result of that is information being put out to the public and not verified. Once it’s out there it is very hard to come back and try to write a wrong. We see it time and time again with accusations against someone. The accusation most of the time is not even verified. But the court of public opinion has tried, sentenced and convicted the individual without due process of the law. Many cases show that the facts do not have to be true. It is enough for someone to put it out there via a social media source and if enough of the write people deem it to be a subject to go viral then that individual or company is thrown to the wolves. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 5 The first thing that is put out there to read about is the truth and anything afterwards has to rebut the original story. Statistics show that “49.1% of people have heard false news via social media. On Sep. 5, 2012 false rumors of fires, shootouts, and caravans of gunmen in a Mexico City suburb spread via Twitter and Facebook caused panic, flooded the local police department with over 3,000 phone calls, and temporarily closed schools. Shashank Tripathi, tweeting as @ComfortablySmug, spread false information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by tweeting that the New York Stock Exchange was flooding and that the power company would cut off electricity to all of Manhattan; the bogus information was picked up by national news outlets including CNN and the Weather Channel” (ProCon,2015). “Social media can endanger the military personnel. The US Army notes that checking in with location based services on social networking sites like Foursquare or Facebook could expose sensitive whereabouts and endanger military personnel and operations” (ProCon,2015). Having been in the military for 26 years this is something that is very important and sometimes can easily be overlooked. With today’s technology and all of the various pieces of media. Our military personnel sometimes forget where they are at and what they are doing. Social media is on the front lines and it is very easy to say where you are and what you are doing, because you just want to keep your family and friends informed. The down side to all of this is that you can give away your location or information about what is going on within your unit. There are many people and organizations that can monitor what you are posting or saying and that could cause harm to military personnel. Military personnel, Army civilians and family members need to be mindful of what they put online, with operations security at the forefront of their considerations (Ferdinando, n.d.). THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 6 “The below study is based on Pew survey data of 935 teens between 12 and 17 and their parents that were asked a variety of questions about their online awareness and activities. The figure shows that those teenagers in the survey group who had profiles on social networking sites (SNS) were more likely to be harassed online. But does this harassment occur solely because teenagers have an online profile? Fig. 1: Shows the different types of online harassment faced by teens. Source: Sengupta, A., & Chaudhuri, A. (2014, September 24). Simply having a social media profile does not make teens more likely to be bullied online. Demographics and online behavior play a larger role. LSE USCentre website: http://bit.ly/1uZLOa1 The analysis of the survey data fails to establish a strong empirical support to the widely held belief that the internet itself is to blame for harassment. Rather, we find support for the view that the online attitudes and behaviors of teens, including the amount of information they disclose publically, the way they use the internet (privately or publicly) and the manner in which they interact with people online plays a key role in determining whether they eventually become THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 7 victims of online harassment and cyber-bullying. Uploading pictures of themselves that are accessible to all users, disclosing information about the school they attend (158 percent more likely than those who do not), having an instant messenger id (164 percent more likely), flirting with unknown people (230 percent more likely), visiting online chat rooms (180 percent more likely) and privately accessing the internet (150 percent more likely) are all key to unsolicited stranger contacts or being bullied online. Further, female teenagers are 250 percent more likely than males to experience online harassment. Simply having a profile on social networking sites does not imply a higher likelihood of facing online harassment, unlike what has been repeatedly reported earlier. The results suggest that teens that use their computers privately and away from their parents are more likely to be bullied. Installing a monitoring system in the computers does not seem to have any significant association with the likelihood of being harassed or bullied for those who access social networking sites. These results emphasize the importance of parents’ interaction with their teenage children. Installing monitoring software or devices may not be as crucial as discussing with their children the potential dangers associated with using the internet”(Sengupta, A., & Chaudhuri, A, 2014 paragraph 6). Solution The Negative Impact of Social Networks cannot be completely solved. However it can be improved. Spreading awareness of the harms of social media is the first step in improving social networking sites. Our society needs to work together to set up reliable and safe social networking sites, in order to ensure our safety and success (Kouyoumjian, 2013). People need to become more aware of what they are posting online and how easy it is for others to get personal information about them. We need to make sure we teach our children to be aware who they are talking to online, and how they can become a victim of a crime. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 8 Some of the things we can start to do are sitting down and develop a plan for your social media accounts. Which form of social network platforms are you going to use? When and what are you going to post? Who am I going to be targeting as far as an audience? We as a society are so quick to react to the first thing that we see as being true because it is posted. We need to take the time to fact check what we read before a quick reaction. We will now address how can law enforcement agencies improve social networks to combat cyber crimes. Social networking sites are virtual communities. As in any large community, criminal organizations, fraud, violet crime, and victimization exist. Investigators need to understand these communities along with the tools, tricks, and techniques to prevent, track, and solve crimes. Current trends include social networks based around live streaming video, like TinyChat and SnapChat, and mobile social networks like, Foursquare, Vibe, and Vine. These emergent technologies lead to risks and opportunities for law enforcement professionals that never previously existed. Current and future undercover officers must now face a world in which facial recognition and Internet caching make it possible to locate an online image posted years or decades before. The meshing of geolocation, metadata exploitation, social networking, and mobile devices allow officers to employ new investigative techniques not previously available. Open source intelligence is a form of intelligence collection that involves finding, selecting, and acquiring information from publicly available sources and then analyzing it to produce actionable intelligence. There are over 1,000 social networking sites on the Internet; Facebook is by far the most populous, with over 1.1 billion profiles. It has a larger population as the US and UK combined, making it the third largest country by population. There are over 350 million images and 190 million status updates loaded on Facebook every day. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 9 This is a very important statistic because its lets you understand how the world is connected with the stroke of a key. The good thing about being so connected to the world is that law enforcement agencies have access to all of this information and more sophisticated ways of accessing the data to track crimes. In this aspect it overall assist them in apprehending criminals in a shorter period of time. How can direct users of social networks and various forms of media communication platforms improve these devices? Become educated in what you are doing online and keep a constant awareness at all times, especially with our kids and young adults. (Cohen, C. (n.d.) Verify the sources where the information came from to ensure that it is accurate. Do not give out personal data about the about one’s self. Ensure that there are strong passwords in place that cannot easily be figured out. Monitor children’s internet access and who they are friends with online. Overall just be aware that there is someone out there trying to get information from people. Conclusion The negative effect that social networks have on our society today is growing at an expeditious rate. The fact that there are various form of social media devices popping up on a daily basis, lets us know that there are more and more ways that you can be vulnerable to some sort of cyber-attack. The fact that society is a now society and must have everything at the blink of an eye, with no regards to how the information is obtain or whether or not the information is even true. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS People need to become more aware of their surrounding online just as you are aware of surrounds when you visit a new place. It is so easy to get caught up with some form of social network while sitting in your house, thinking that there is no harm is what is going on, because you are not making any physical or face to face contact with the other person on the other end. Like all things, social networking can be beneficial in moderation. Unfortunately, moderation and networking do not coincide in today’s society. Social networking allows for unnecessary risks in privacy, safety, social skills, and health. Networking, at best, offers such ease of communication that social skills deteriorate, and at worst, is dangerous for children and networkers unaware of the predators lurking in the network 10 THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS References Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society? (2015, March 24). Retrieved November 18, 2015, from ProCon.org website: http://socialnetworking.procon.org/ Cohen, C. (n.d.). Successful use of Online Social Networking for Cyber Crime Investigation and Intelligence Gathering [Fact sheet]. Retrieved December 2, 2015, from TeleStrategies ISS World Training website: http://www.issworldtraining.com/ISS_SocialNetworking/ Ferdinando, L. (n.d.). Maintaining Operational Security with Social Media. Retrieved November 28, 2015, from Military.com website: http://www.military.com/deployment/maintaining-operational-security-with-socialmedia.html Kouyoumjian, G. (2013, November 16). Effects of Social Media on Society. Retrieved November 25, 2015, from Prezi website: https://prezi.com/bzfsn_kuyaop/effects-of-social-media-on-society/ Sengupta, A., & Chaudhuri, A. (2014, September 24). Simply having a social media profile does not make teens more likely to be bullied online. Demographics and online behavior play a larger role. Retrieved November 21, 2015, from LSE USCentre website: http://bit.ly/1uZLOa1 Wright, T. (2015, September 23). The Dangers of Social Media and the Hook-up Culture. Retrieved November 20, 2015, from Inc. website: http://www.inc.com/travis-wright/the-dangers-of-social-media-and-the-hook-upculture.html 11 THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 12 Running head: THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS The Negative Impact of Social Networks Frankie Morales Martinez DeVry University 1 THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 2 The Negative Impacts of Social Networks “Coby Persin a You Tube filmmaker who has conducted several social experiments using social networks (Wright, 2015). For example he made a fake Facebook account, posed as a fifteen year old boy and friended three girls online. He talked to them for several days via Facebook. He then asked one of the girls who was 14 to meet him at a local park. When the young teen arrived at the park and saw Coby Persin, she didn’t seem to matter that he did not look like anything on his profile picture. The good thing for her was that this was just an experiment and her father was there (Wright, 2015). Now think for a moment if this was not a social experiment. This young teen could have been abducted. The second girl of the three was 12 years old. Coby Persin again posing as a 15 year old boy online. He asked this particular girl if he could come over to her house. The 12 year old said you can come over after my dad falls asleep (Wright, 2015). He communicated with her via Facebook messenger. Just another way to communicate via means of a social networking site. Her father was in the vehicle with Coby Persin, but the girl thought he had fell asleep, so she said it was ok to come by. She messaged the address to Coby and they arrived at the address and she answered the door (Wright, 2015). Once again this is just another of many examples that you will see throughout your readings of this paper. The negative impact of social media is in front of use every day and seems to be over shadow by all the supposedly good things that it does for everyone. There is a price to pay for all that seem to be easy to access. So we as a society should be better in touch with how it is truly affecting everyone. There are 750,000 registered child predators in the United States and just remember the key to that statement is REGISTERED. THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS 3 Problem Analysis So what is the first thing we should ask our self? With social networks/media that can give us all this wonderful information at the touch of a key stroke or the push of a play button online. It must have only positive things. That is just the opposite of what social networks are doing to our society. “What is the effect? The effect of social media has caused various types of issues. Cyberbullying, privacy concerns, depression, suicide, harassment, obsession, distraction, and self-consciousness are just some of the problems created because of social media. The rate of these problems has been increasing over these past few years, because the number of users of these social networking sites has been increasing” (Kouyoumjian, 2013). This is a ...
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