I agree with Dr Kestner. Social networking is a trap. Too much info. some real some false not a place where you can hang out the "do not disturb" sign without risking offending someone.The recent requirement by a local newspaper that in order to make on-line comment one must join FaceBook? - forget it. I unfriended the on-line edition.
I am a Mass Communication student and we speak intensively on the subject matter of virtual realities being created. It is true that many individuals, not just teenagers, surround their life with a virtual representation of their real life. It is overwhelming how much we can be connected with facebook, twiter, linked in, pintrest, four square, and I am sure there are several other one’s that I am not even aware about. Of course being so entangled in social networks have their pros and cons. I feel like I treat social networks as a way to keep in touch with friends verses meeting them online. It makes sense to take advantage of the simplicity of on-line communication. However, nothing beats getting out of the house away from the computer and going out to dinner, bowling, or to a sporting event together with a few friends. That’s actually how you meet more new friends, add them on some type of social network and you’ll be amazed by how many friends you have in common. We try so hard sometimes to represent ourselves clearly on line, but you can’t really trust something you read about someone on-line. Pictures however are a whole different story. Maintaining a clean FB profile and on-line presence in general is key to keeping a good reputation in the real world as well. Many people often forget that the two aren’t far from each other.