by Hugo Gonzalez and Cassidy Lucas

[singlepic id=55 w=150 h=150 float=left]You’re sitting at home bored, watching TV, scrolling through the same channels over and over again in a desperate attempt to locate a show worth watching. You fail. What do you do with yourself now? Go in your room and organize your sock drawer by color? No, grab your laptop and see what’s going on in your friends’ life. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, MySpace; these are all great websites to keep up with friends. I for one am a proud promoter of these websites.

I find it to be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family whom you wouldn’t particularly keep in touch that easily with if it wasn’t for these social networking websites. On Facebook, you’re able to have up to 5,000 friends and the capability to create a positive self image of yourself. It gives you the ability to be able to post the things you’re passionate in video, audio, text, or in image form. You can create an anonymous page which allows you to build a group of people with similar passions and or interests and discuss that subject, it’s convenient and great.

I love having the ability to put in my email and chosen password and instantaneously be granted the power to view pictures, and text from my friends and family. I also enjoy being able to freely post whatever I want without having to worry about what someone will say about it. I think that by “friending” a person you may have only just met on Facebook, you get the opportunity to learn so much more about them. You get to pretty much walk through that person’s everyday life with them; it’s pretty great, and thoroughly interesting.

I am completely in favor of social networking websites. They give us an opportunity to have self expression, and make and build up friendships. I hope that they continue to be around, because I enjoy them immensely.

[singlepic id=41 w=150 h=150 float=left]Complain, waste of time, complain and complain some more. This is what social media is all about. I have noticed that in our time, social media is more common than going out to places. To meet people, you simply go online and add some random person you bumped into in the hallway as a “friend” who you will never speak to again.

A big concern I have is that social media has become a big unreliable and false source of information, social media pretty much made making a rumor more convenient and easier. This means, being part of a network you are exposed to the government and corporate companies who scan your Facebook and email to match advertisement and or possibly incriminate yourself; privacy on these sites is just a big joke. What you are really doing is leaving yourself open to identity theft, being hacked, and a plethora of viruses.

Above all it’s a waste of time, does spending several minutes throughout the day really add up, then before you know it, there goes an hour of your time. I don’t think a lot of people have noticed but social media can harm your job and employment and college possibilities; posting profanity, poor grammar, illegal drugs, and pictures with inappropriate content can damage your real life away from the internet! Being on a social site is making us less social our generation is becoming more isolated because it’s much easier to open your phone and “chat” with your friends then to hold a conversation. So let’s put away the profile and make some real friends.