Misuse of social networking websites is quite a common characteristic witnessed these days. It can be argued that someone who actually does buy Instagram likes, Facebook likes or even YouTube views could be misusing the platforms but this is more a question of more relevancy and financial misuse. Profile impersonation where a user uploads someone else’s profile claiming to be the original and is aimed towards maligning the reputation of said individual (such as recent cases with police doing this same tactic) is a common occurrence now which has become known as ‘catfishing’, something most of us heavy users are probably familiar with.
Child abuse has become a serious problem in recent years and one that I personally have had experience with when I was young and the Internet ‘new’ and untested with few rules guiding parents or children on the web. In a documented fact several cases of convicted sexual predators using the social network websites as a disguise have been unearthed recently thereby making for the most vocal protests against the social network websites. Efforts across the globe have made a positive impact as arrests have been made again and again: social media may offer a platform for these individuals to meet and share but ultimately it is a human failing and not the fault of social media.
The impact on our interpersonal skills has become far too obvious and impossible to ignore now that most individuals carry a Smartphone or tablet with them. It is a given when we would stop interacting with the next-door neighbor and spend more time interacting with the ‘online unknown’ it would have deep impact on our inter-personal skills. For all the above reasons social networking services websites have been vociferously criticized by the anti-social networking blogs and individuals. However, we’re social creatures and any critique of our use online social platforms is also a critique of simple human nature.