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Social Networking has been on the rise at an astonishing pace in recent years. In 1992, less than five million people in the United States used email (Goodale). In a 2010 study conducted by Miriam Geller, Yahoo! Mail’s Director of Product Management, it was recorded that more than 270 million people access Yahoo! email alone (Brownlow). This exemplifies the incredible amount of popularity the internet has gained in the short span of eighteen years. Formal letters and phone calls have long been forgotten, being replaced with this new wave of technological communication called Social Networking. Social Networking is defined as using websites that allow users to share content, interact, and develop communities around similar interests. Networking platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and innumerable others are catching on like wildfire. Simply put, social networking is “in.” As a result, the failure to address the issue becoming so prominent in today’s generation of children, teenagers, and young adults, leads to an abundance of negative effects.
Everyone’s internet use varies…