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Various social networking services have achieved enormous success at the first decade of the 21st century. Up to 2010, more than 500 million users globally have been regularly using Facebook (Kirkpatrick, 2010, 2). For this purpose in this essay, social networking site is defined as an online platform where socially related users can communicate and share information with each other, such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Renren. It has long been a question that whether these services brought more benefits than negative effect to the community. Therefore to thoroughly examine the social impacts brought by social networking services, both beneficent and maleficent effects should be discussed. So that there are two points from each side, significant benefits that will be covered in this paper are forging tighter relationships between users from different geological locations and its impressive power as a marketing tool however major concerns are possible infringement of privacy and frequently reported correlation between using social networking sites and depression.
Firstly, as e-ma…