Applying the Sociological Perspectives to Social Networking

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Applying the Sociological Perspectives to Social Networking In our modern era Social networking sites have had a very profound impact on our lives, it has influenced and changed the ways in which we communicate, interact, start and maintain our relationships. We could all pretty much agree that are many advantages, but with the good there is also threats and dangers of social networking, there are many sociological impacts to social networking sites that are bigger then we can imagine, like with the use of these sites we have almost completely eliminated are boundaries between our public live and are private one. Every day more and more people from around the world are gaining access to a wide array of media like the internet, and the amount of time we spend on line increases as well, with our tablets and smart phones we are connected to the world 24 hours a day. This paper will break down and discuss through contrasts and compression the three perspectives conflict, functionalist, and interactionist use in the study of Sociology, and there impact on social media. Starting with the Functional Theory, this theory explains the every aspect of our society is interdependent and is necessary for our society to function as one or a whole. It also explains that our society is held together through social cohesion and consensus, where we as members of society work together and agree with each other to achieve what would benefit society the most and what would be our society’s best interest. Functionalism argues that if it is not a useful purpose in our society then it will be phased out from one generation to the next generation. This perspective would see that the purpose of social networking has and is every becoming useful in our society because it use and prevalence continues to increase, the Functional perspective see social networking as a way to enforce
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