Lydia Johnson on: Social networking sites

SOMETIMES I find myself hating social networking sites.

After reading the fifth brainless status about how a friend is ‘off to make beans on toast’ and then writing one myself, I can’t help but despair at the hold that social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have on our lives.

However, while we moan about how it has consumed our lives we often forget about the good it can do.

I’m sure there have been many, many times a criminal has been caught after their photograph went viral, and Facebook is a great place to promote charity events and your own fund-raising page.

I was incredibly shocked to see the CCTV footage of a man sneaking up on a woman in London and punching her in the back of the head, leaving her lying unconscious on the floor.

But I saw that after it was posted on Facebook, as I’m sure thousands of others have, and hopefully that means someone was able to identify the man.

So while we could all do with not tweeting things like ‘OMG best sleep ever’ as much, we can’t deny the good these tools bring.

But what do you think? Do you agree they do more good than harm or do you believe the opposite?

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11:51pm Tue 27 Nov 12

bobby47 says...

Lydia, Hello. I'm a regular Poster here on the Hereford Times.
Personally speaking, there are times when I worry I've hurt anothers feelings and that is something I regret.
Sometime ago I took advice from a good friend and a colleague of yours and the advice was, 'If you worry you've gone to far, then generally speaking you probably have'.
Nowadays, each and every time I hurl abuse at this Council leadership I do try to vent my ire at the collective Council leadership rather than an individual.
As far as hurling my posts through the ether annonymously, I personally dont feel weak or cowardly for doing this because, given the opportunity, Id say it to their faces and say it more forcefully.
For my part, I'm undecided as to whether they are a good thing or not.
Politically, the answer is yes a good thing. But for the social communicative skills for our kids, I dont think they are a good thing.
Writing a well crafted letter, speaking directly to some person and even speaking on the telephone is a much more important skill to learn and develop a young kids character and confidence.
My warmest regards to you.
Lydia, Hello. I'm a regular Poster here on the Hereford Times. Personally speaking, there are times when I worry I've hurt anothers feelings and that is something I regret. Sometime ago I took advice from a good friend and a colleague of yours and the advice was, 'If you worry you've gone to far, then generally speaking you probably have'. Nowadays, each and every time I hurl abuse at this Council leadership I do try to vent my ire at the collective Council leadership rather than an individual. As far as hurling my posts through the ether annonymously, I personally dont feel weak or cowardly for doing this because, given the opportunity, Id say it to their faces and say it more forcefully. For my part, I'm undecided as to whether they are a good thing or not. Politically, the answer is yes a good thing. But for the social communicative skills for our kids, I dont think they are a good thing. Writing a well crafted letter, speaking directly to some person and even speaking on the telephone is a much more important skill to learn and develop a young kids character and confidence. My warmest regards to you. bobby47

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