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Social Networking: Online Acceptance

Written by NJames
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In today's society, making friends is a lot easier. Before Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter came along, people interacted the old-fashioned way: face-to-face. Social networking was designed to keep in touch with old friends and classmates, and make new friends along the way. In the past few years, websites such as Facebook and Twitter have become household names; even senior citizens know about them. All over the world men and women are sharing their lives with online friends and "tweets."

I asked a few people what they liked about social networking, and this writer was surprised by what he found out. "I was always shy around people, but Facebook has allowed me to make friends without feeling awkward or shy," one woman told me. One man told me he uses social networking to catch up with childhood friends. "People who I haven't seen in years have found me, and it's great to have them back in my life."

Is social networking the wave of the future? Do people go out to meet, or is that a thing of the past? With online chats, emails and status updates, staying in touch will never be the same. Love it or hate it, social networking is here to stay.

Celebrities such as Tila Tequila have built their careers with social networking; Tila had the largest amount of friends on Myspace, which paved the way for a modeling career, dating show, and record label. With adult supervision, teenagers have used social networking to chat after school; no longer are phone lines the only way of communication. Teachers, parents, and business owners socialize online in order to plan meetings and events, instead of sending out yet another boring memo. No matter where you live, social networking connects you to a world of online acceptance. Whether you want to meet new people, chat with a long-lost friend, or find that special someone, anything is possible with social networking.

How far will it go? Well, only time will tell. Every day, thousands of men and women become a part of this online community. Twitter--being the newest--is also the most popular among teenagers; young adults ages 18-20 seem to prefer Twitter because of its popularity, but have accounts with Myspace and/or Facebook. It seems that social networking sites are like cell phones: they're cool until something bigger and better comes around. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time to send out some "tweets" and update my status.


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