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Social Networks…..

A​re They a Blessing or a Curse?

 

Social networks like facebook, twitter, whatsapp and others have provided a platform where people communicate, make friends, meet old friends, share ideas, share photos and so on. Social Media is all around us and it has come to encompass every aspect of our lives. Social networks has been very useful to almost everyone across the Globe especially the Youth.

These social sites has created the platform for both the young and old to do so many things which would have been impossible without the presence of these sites. Many making new friends, others finding old friends and reconnecting. Some have found boyfriends and girlfriends and even life partners thus to talk of a few.

Business men and women are using these sites to advertise and market their products and services with ease. Social media has contributed
immensely to the development of Arts especially musicians. Musicians are using social media sites to interact with their fans and also
putting up download links for people to download their music. Aside Musicians, prominent Pastors also use these sites to win souls for Christ. In the recently held general elections, facebook and twitter were particularly the dominant social sites where various aspiring candidates in both Presidential and Parliamentary elections campaigned massively via these platforms and I must say, it was worth
it. Right now it’s like almost everyone is on either one or more of these social networks, so you can imagine!

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Generally, a whole lot of interesting stuff takes place on these social sites each second, minute, hour and day. Among all these advantages lies the bad side of social networks. Yeah social media have been of very good use to society since its invention but there have been some abuses or disadvantages in relation to these sites. Talk of impersonation, the common abuse of the social media has been the ease at which people misrepresent themselves to others especially celebrities to perpetrate fraud on others.

Also social vices such as prostitution, fraud among others have always existed but it seems these vices have sprawled especially in Ghana. Social networks have made things so easier to the extent that, anything good or bad could be done through this medium. In addition, relationship breakups have become very rampant notwithstanding the fact that such things have always existed.

Everyone faces challenges in their personal intimate relationship but social media have become one major challenge for most couples. Imagine
your partner always liking or commenting on one particular opposite sex photos or one particular person always trying to get your partners
attention with titles like; babe ,honey and so on. As humans as many questions will run through your mind.
When used correctly, some think the benefits of social networks can far outweigh some of its downfall but weighing both sides, what do you
think?. WOULD YOU SAY SOCIAL NETWORKS IS A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

Afia English (@AfiaEnglish)