Unless you haven’t been living under a rock since the past decade, you should have come across one of the many social networks that are becoming a rage online. Social networks are connection every person with access to internet to each other. Social networks have created a new means to connect with friends and strangers from around the world and how we interact with them. People who meet once will not have to get separated from each other’s lives because of these social networks. People update information about themselves and what’s happening in their lives so that other can know. So do others. Sharing of songs, pictures and videos, was never so easier with. Knowing ones dislikes and likes too wasn’t as simple as a few clicks away.
Currently the leading social networks which are popular are Facebook, Myspace, Orkut and a few others. Twitter is a different kind of social network where constant updates about the user keep people in the loop. These websites have been successful in changing the fabric of human existence so much so that people now have reduced physical interaction in favor of online interaction. It has created a new breed of internet addicts who are losing the touch with reality. The incredible number of people online has prompted social networking sites to generate huge revenues in terms of advertisements and other sources such as games. Just Facebook has more than 500 million people connected to each other by these social networks. With increasing penetration of internet these social networks will only increase. Along with these is also increase in online crime which is increasing with the increase in the number of people. New users and old users both will have to know the disadvantages and threats of using internet. With children as less than 13 going online, internet has to be made more safer for the new generation by imparting knowledge about the threats.