Social Networking Sites Are Antiethical

While some users believe the sites are good for our society, there are others who disapprove of the sites. The fraudulent act of attempting to acquire personal information for identity theft, called phishing, increased 240% on social networking sites from 2008 to 2009. Two-thirds of businesses fear that social networking sites endanger corporate security, and one in four users of social networking sites unwittingly leave themselves open to crime by revealing personal details.
The debate on social networking sites centers on whether the benefits outweigh the dangers. Proponents argue that social networking sites promote increased communication with friends and family, familiarize more people with valuable computer skills, and allow contact with people from around the world. Opponents argue that these sites expose children to predators, increase vulnerability to computer viruses, lower worker productivity, and promote narcissism and short attention spans.

CON Social Networking Sites
1. Social networking sites entice people to spend more time online and less time interacting face-to-face. The sites offer many time wasting activities that supplant more productive activities. Teens spend an average of more than nine hours per week on social networking sites.
2. Teens growing up with these sites may not be aware that the information they post is public and that photos and text can be retrieved even after deletion. Consequences from over-sharing personal information include vulnerability to sexual or financial predators and lost job opportunities from employers finding embarrassing photos or comments.
3. Social networking sites have no way to verify that people are who they claim to be, leaving people vulnerable to solicitations from online predators who are able to mask their true identities. In Feb. 2009, MySpace identified 90,000 registered sex offenders with profiles on the site, while Facebook declined to reveal how many were present on its site. Even if the...