Social Networks

Топик Социальные сети рассказывает о сайтах, разработанных с целью познакомить и собрать людей с общими интересами, дать им возможность общаться на различные темы, выкладывать и обсуждать фото и видео, добавлять друг друга в друзья или недруги, загружать и слушать музыку и т. д. Одним из плюсов социальных сетей является возможность найти давно потерянных друзей, родственников и одноклассников. Первые социальные сети появились на западе и самые популярные из них – Facebook, MySpace и др. Социальная сеть сегодня – это, в первую очередь, инструмент для общения оn-line, который нам предлагает Интернет, и у каждого есть выбор, пользоваться им или нет. Более 80% компаний по всему миру используют социальные сети в работе, и около 78% людей доверяют информации из социальных сетей. В последнее время сети все больше открываются внешнему миру, а многие личные данные пользователей уже доступны для всех желающих. Социальные сети стали самым центром современного Интернета и так плотно слились с общественной жизнью человека, что нельзя уже и представить, как он без них будет существовать.

We don`t imagine our lives without Internet. We can find all necessary information there. We use popular services and sources every day. One of the most popular sources is social nets. A social network is a very useful invention of the 21st century. Nowadays millions of people use social networks. It is an Internet site that gives us a chance to support various contacts, keep friendly relationships with classmates, acquaintances. More functional social nets allow watching photos and video films, to listen to music and so on. There is a possibility to enter different interesting groups. There exist social nets connecting people according to a general interest, for example, computer games players are combined into a social net.

People got used to surfing on the Internet because it is quick and very easy to discover any wish. You don`t need to think of suggestions and ideas. At least what you need is to be able to type correctly. I think social networks help disabled and lonely people very much. They can create an account and start communicating with other identical partners. Most of social networks are used by people to meet friends with similar interests and hobbies. Very often close-minded persons find each other on the Internet. Although people live far away from one another, any network can unite them. However, why are social networks so widespread and widely used? As we live in an era where technology is at its peak and is in constant development, things like reading books on the internet, shopping online and communication with contacts around the globe, which were impossible a hundred years ago, are now part of everyday life. The most vital part of today’s world is speed – the speed of acquiring information.

The appeal of social networks lies firstly in their accessibility – the registration on most of the popular social networks is free of charge. Accessibility and ease of use is what makes sites such as Facebook and MySpace appealing. Secondly social networks create the possibility to connect with friends, acquaintances or even strangers across the world, which is vital in the modern world. While during the pre-internet era communication required countless amounts of time, energy and money then today it is only a click away. In addition social networks allow people to monitor the social developments of their ‘friend list’. Finally, in addition to fulfilling the task of a social network, sites such as Facebook provide entertainment for their users. Take for instance the Facebook applications, which feature all kinds of quizzes and games for the users. And so numbers of users of Facebook are millions.

Writing and receiving correspondence with the help of post is a long process. It takes time and money. More over a letter can be lost. But e-mail can`t be lost and doesn`t take much time. A social network is a very useful invention of the 21st century. Thanks to modern technologies people can not only write different kinds of letters to their partners all over the world, but talk and see them by means of a web camera. But on the other hand, social networks are a great trouble. They made people forget traditional heart-to-heart talk. Sometimes you can`t see the eyes of your partners and feel their emotions. Besides, social networks are full of aggressive, cruel, violent and dangerous videos for children.

Many uncertain persons try to raise their self-confidence using social networks. It can be said that on the internet, namely on social networking sites, you can never be certain of who is “listening”. I believe networks can be used by adult people and children at the age of fourteen and up. As for me, I use social networks with great pleasure as they give me a helping hand with my self-education and communication.