Social Networking Sites are Important for Teenage Development

@syfarisk (378)
Malaysia
November 23, 2008 12:49am CST
There's a news report that stated that it's vital that teenagers get involved in social networking sites such as Friendster or MySpace, for them to develop into adults that can interact with other people. The world has changed and online interaction has become more active. What do you think? Is it that important to join social networking sites and interact with people online? Is it a good thing as stated in the news, or is it a bad thing, such as how some parents think?
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@kaka135 (14115)
• Malaysia
4 Dec 08
I'd prefer my kids to go outside and join the real community, where they can talk face-to-face. Some people used to be very good communicators on the Internet, but they couldn't really express themselves well when they are facing the real people or they feel shy to talk to others. It's a good way to participate in those social networking sites, so that they can learn how to write and read better. This is only my opinion. ^_^
@syfarisk (378)
• Malaysia
4 Dec 08
Yes, that is true actually. In my country quite a lot of teenagers face this problem of not being able to express themselves properly and do not know how to have good conversations with other people. This is an indirect implication caused by the interaction teenagers have online.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
30 Nov 08
I do not know about it being vital, but hopefully teenagers can interact in person. It is certainly not the same as typing anonymously in front of a computer. There are certainly things you miss when not socializing in person. However that is not to say MySpace and Friendster, et al, are bad or good, I am sure they have their place. It certainly makes communication easier, but can cause cyber bullies to have an entrance into victim's lives.
@syfarisk (378)
• Malaysia
1 Dec 08
On the negative side, we can say that social interactions actually lead to teenagers not knowing how to interact with other people properly offline, because they are used to online interactions. They might become shy or not knowing how to have a quality conversation with other people.