Apart from worrying, many parents are puzzled. What’s the attraction in the alternative universe of websites like MySpace, Bebo and Lunarstorm? “Because itâs fun!” says Michael Birch founder of social networking site Bebo. Perhaps there’s little more to it than that.
Although many teenagers now use social networking websites to make friends, they miss out on a key aspect of genuine friendship, empathic communication. At a computer screen, using broken and coded language, you cannot see, hear or touch or experience the feelings of another person.
Is there is a more insidious problem inherent in the medium? According to LuisÃ³n Lassala, Director of Anchor Youth Centre in Dublin and a freelance IT consultant, living on social networking sites impairs the formation of young peopleâs character.
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