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Shashiraj P Shetty

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Is Social Networking really as dangerous as its projected to be?

Given a choice, I would prefer sitting in front of a computer logged in to one of the popular social networking sites. I love reading what other people have to say about their parenting, culinary skills, some event in their life, what are they upto at the moment, etc.,

Of course, there is a possibility, we may be revealing a bit too much for someone's comfort or our discomfort. But is it such a huge risk that it could jeopardize our lives or cause huge mnetary losses from which we could never recover?

Your experiences/thoughts on this matter will be very helpful.

Thanks,

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    Jan 19 2012: Social Networking sites are mostly useless wastage of time, help spreading mediocrity (that stupid "Koladavi de" song is the latest example that immediately pops up in mind), in general. But it is an excellent media if used properly- as many (in fact majority) of business houses, mass movements, national Governments do/did. The trend will increase due to increasing dominance of mediocrity around the world. So, good opportunity for some to exploit it to making money, grabbing power etc!
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      Jan 19 2012: Thanks for your response, Jayanta. I would take your comments with a pinch of salt. I believe its upto us to gather which information is relevant to us and discard the rest. But my question is - Is social networking really dangerous? If so, why and how?
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        Jan 19 2012: For most people, the answer is "yes". It is a very lucrative source to know a person, his/her activities, "ideology". Many current employers, potential employers, even educational institutes are increasingly turning towards such sites for its discretionary decisions.
        Our societies, our democracies are not yet ready to uphold such "honesty" in the first pace, if I may say so. I am not talking about countries like India (where law and order and judiciary is hardly effective), but western democracies. On the other hand, when users are aware of the reality, they will be provoked or coerced to undertake false propaganda , dishonesty to make them attractive to their followers, potential employers and others.

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