The Pros and Cons of Social Networking

The recent news of the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook for a whopping £19 billion may have stumped many but for the millions who are hooked on to software applications that make many day-to-day tasking simpler and faster, that’s just more ‘cool’ news! No doubt Facebook realized the usefulness of the app and the immense potential it offered by way of reach and popularity, especially by the game changers, Gen-Next.

A few decades ago, the Internet was in its infancy and it has completely revolutionized the way the world functions, both personally and professionally. Until a few years ago the concept of social networking was a revolutionary idea that would not have had many takers.

The Internet Revolution

But the scene has been transformed dramatically; almost everyone on the planet has heard of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace besides many others that are in daily use. While the Internet and software packages provided the way for people to communicate with each other, these social networking sites have made it possible for old friends and schoolmates to reconnect, forged new friendships across generations, provided a platform for sharing and arguing views and viewpoints from food to fashion, pets to people, upload photos of almost anything that people wish to share and so much more.

But simply taking everything new at face value does not augur well for humankind. And here’s why.

There are many disadvantages equaling the advantages of the Web, social networking and dependence on technology, but it’s worth the time to examine a few that come up front.

Social Media – its Pros

1. New social connections – More adults have increasingly used social networking sites to connect with family and friends; the other category is the teens, where new friendships across peer groups and seniors are established.

2. More interaction and sharing of information on school work – students use the Internet to gather information, discuss school projects and help each other thus being able to absorb more information on a wider range of subjects.

3. Ensure better quality of life – in earlier days, there was no pool of information that people could have access to and depended on word of mouth to know details. All that has now changed. People are more willing to share information on their experiences, both good and bad on social sites; several health support groups and advocacy groups enlighten people on critical health issues, civic issues, political issues and many others so that people are better informed.

4. Advertising forum – Virtually every opportunity of employment, job sourcing and recruitment besides volumes of sales & marketing, product launches and updates are available making it easier for people to read, review and decide products, brands, companies and many more that they would like to be associated with.

5. Increased awareness and prosecution of criminal activities – World over police and law enforcement officials are using social media and networking sites to track offenders and criminals who commit audacious crimes and use technology to cover their tracks.

Social media – the Cons

1. Social media sites have upstaged print and other publications as news sources over the last few years.

2. As much as a student using the Internet and other sites to gather information is welcomed, the downside is that too much dependence on electronic information gives hardly any mental or intellectual exercise of thinking powers to seek, question and gather information. Recent studies show that students who are practically tuned in to social media sites most of the time lag behind peers who are better informed and more knowledgeable on many issues.

3. The ratio of misinformation on the Web is too much to put a figure to. The spread of news, mostly unverified and unauthentic, is rampant and there is no process to check the growth of websites, blogs and other forums that provide information and supposedly unsolicited advice on a host of topics from careers to personal relationships, lifestyle habits and nutritional health supplements, medical bulletins and many more. People tend to lean on the belief that whatever information is there on the Net, it must be authentic, which is not always the case.

4. The total absence of one-on-one communication between families, friends and colleagues is seen as direct fallout of social media usage. People use technology to convey views and messages and generally anything that they are unable to say face to face from behind the cover of a tech gadget, leading to miscommunication and misunderstanding. What can be simply but effectively said in a few words now takes the guise of shortened, cryptic text messages.

5. Corporate companies lay the blame for less productivity at work on social media platforms and sites that cause a lot of useful time to be wasted. Surveys at many work places show that nearly 40% of workers spend time visiting online stores, shopping, playing games and chatting with friends from their desks.

Smartphones and Mobile Apps: The Latest Craze

 Unless you have been totally oblivious to what’s going on in the world for the past couple of decades, you know how amazingly fast technology has been advancing. It has even come to the point that technology has become a very vital part of our existence. Gone are the days when one would need to turn on a computer to get connected to the World Wide Web. We don’t go to the internet anymore. The internet comes to us now, anywhere we may be.

I’m talking about smartphones and their capability to connect to the internet. These mini computers have become a big part of our lives. We don’t just call or text through them anymore. We check our emails, browse the internet, update our “status” on networking sites and even allow it to guide us as we drive. The smartphone has now become an alternative to computers and laptops. In fact, a lot of people report that they do not feel the need for computers anymore because of the smartphone.

Along with this trend, innovators of the mobile internet industry have made a lot of changes in the way we use smartphones. They have what they call apps, short for applications, which you can use to do almost anything on your mobile device. More popularly known as mobile apps, most of them work on specific platforms or operating systems native to the kind of smartphone being used. There are also some that are considered as cross-platform apps, as they can be downloaded and used by any smartphone of any make.

There are many different types of mobile apps and they meet almost every need of every individual smartphone user. One such type is the messenger app. It’s not just about the SMS or MMS anymore. This can come in a lot of different forms. In fact, a lot of smartphone makers have their own messenger apps that are platform specific – you can’t use it if you’re using a different brand of smartphone. But in less than 5 years, innovators were able to create messenger apps that can serve all smartphone users as long as they have data plans and internet connections through WiFi. Apps like Viber and WhatsApp even allow their users to send messages globally.

Another messaging mobile app that we can’t live without is the push email. This app is usually native to whatever make your smartphone is, but companies such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN have been busy making their email services available to their users independently from the smartphone device’s own app. They usually offer the email service with almost exactly the same user interface as the desktop version, making it easy for the users to move around with the familiar icons and “environment”.

And messaging alone is not the only app that’s being widely used today. Internet browsing, social networking, video calling, even money transfer, documents editing and time tracking mobile apps are now available on our little smartphones. With all these innovations and more going on as you read this article, can we be blamed for not being able to let go of our precious smartphones?

Unmatched Quality and Stability of WhatsApp for LG

With unmatched quality and high stability the application WhatsApp for LG is rapidly gaining its popularity among the holders of this type of mobile phones. This version is not just a messenger, but it is a whole multi-function device designed for all forms of communication:

1. It automatically receives messages from other users.

2. It sends free messages to other clients of the service.

3. The SMS messages are free to all mobile operators.

4. Write the messages directly in the program.

5. There is a free exchange of file data.

6. The possibility to transfer marks on the map and video to your interlocutor.

7. There is an opportunity to share your contact list with another person.

8. You can change your status automatically depending on the date.

Of course, the above listed functions are only a part of what you can do with this application. Absolutely free of charge you can expand its capabilities greatly by installing some additional plug-ins.

WhatsApp creates an account on the basis of your phone number. Your phone book is scanned and added to the list of contacts for those whose numbers are registered in the same service. The advantages of this solution are obvious: no registrations, no nicks, no authorizations and additions to the friends. If someone from the phone book is registered in the application, he/she is automatically added to your contact list.

Tap on the contact and you will open a chat with him/her. It is indicated the time when the contact was last online next to his/her profile; in the upper right corner there is a button with attachments and emoticons. You can insert a picture in the chat, video, voice recording, contact card, and your location. Particularly interesting is the last function, as it is a ready answer to the question “Where are you?”

When you send a message, a tick mark indicating that the delivery is made appears near the profile. When the recipient reads it, the second tick appears beside the message. It is a trifle, but it greatly simplifies the chat and helps you get rid of the question “Has he got my message?”

The program’s interface is pleasing to the eye, as it is made in nice bright colors. If you want, you can change the background image of the chat window. You can start a chat with several contacts.

Unpretentious setting for chat and notifications are available. In general, there is nothing special in all this.


The simplicity of using this program mainly depends on the number of friends and acquaintances who are using it as you do. If you have only two of these people, so for you it is not a very useful program. However, many people regularly use WhatsApp for LG, as they have numerous acquaintances with this application and they want to save their money on SMS and they successfully do this. So, these people are absolutely satisfied with its functionality.

It is worth noting that you do not need to run this application specifically to be “online”. When a message arrives, it is automatically delivered to you. If the phone is online, the program itself does not drain the battery completely.

So everything depends on you: if you have many friends with smartphones, it makes sense to install this program and use it instead of SMS, but if these people are rather few, the program becomes less useful.