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1. Introductory paragraph

1.1. The article entitled 'What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?' by Strickland, J. discussed about what are the pros and cons of social networking sites.

1.1.1. Pros

1.1.1.1. Social networking allow users connect with one another.

1.1.1.2. Social networking sites enable users to help someone profesionally.

1.1.1.3. It is easier to organise an event and invite friends with social networking sites.

1.1.1.4. An artiste or actor's work can be promoted by using social networking sites.

1.1.1.5. Social networking are also platforms for application.

1.1.1.6. A person may even get out of jail by social networking sites.

1.1.2. Cons

1.1.2.1. Identity can be stolen easily with social networking sites.

1.1.2.2. Scammers trick people into downloading malicious software by using social networking sites.

1.1.2.3. Users can be overwhelmed and addicted to social networking sites.

2. Body paragraph 1

2.1. We strongly agree with the point that stated social networking sites let users connect with each other.

2.2. Reasons

2.2.1. Users can communicate with their friends or family wherever and whenever.

2.2.2. Users can also reconnect with their long-forgotten friends through social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2.2.3. Users can meet new friends from different countries and regions.

2.3. Evidence

2.3.1. According to Heimlich, R. (2011), Roughly two thirds (67%) of social media users say that staying in touch with current friends and family members is a major reason they use social media sites.

2.3.2. According to Bangalore Mirror (2012), the 1978 batch of SSLC students of St Xavier's High School had a reunion for the first time. Most of the classmates were 'found' on social networking sites.

3. Body paragraph 2

3.1. We strongly agree that identity can be stolen easily with social networking.

3.2. Reasons

3.2.1. When creating a social networking sites' account, users are required to submit their personal information.

3.2.2. If users share too much information, someone else may masquerade under their identity.

3.2.3. This will be dangerous as someone might use the stolen identity to commit a crime.

3.3. Evidence

3.3.1. Velasco, J (2016) points out that 'Approximately 15 million Americans have their identitiy used fraudulently each year, with financial losses totalling more than $50 billion.'

3.3.2. 'In 2013, 18-year-old Ira Trey Quesenberry III, a student of the Sullivan Country School District in Tennessee, created a fake Twitter account using the name and likeness of the district superintendent, Dr. Yennie.' (Velasco, 2016)

4. Body paragraph 3

4.1. We strongly disagree that social networking can get a person out of jail.

4.2. Reasons

4.2.1. Instead of social networking got Buck out of jail, we think that his nationality as a American helped him got out of jail.

4.2.2. We also think that the public who saw his tweet and spread the message to the US government is the reason Buck got out of jail.

4.2.3. If no one saw his 'Arrested' message, he might not be able to get out of jail.

4.3. Evidence

4.3.1. According to Simon, M, (2008) 'Buck said that it was more the power of the network he had as an American that enabled him to be released so quickly.'

5. Conclusion

5.1. In conclusion, social networking sites have advantages and disadvantages. As long as the users do not misuse them, they can bring a lot of benefits to people. Users should be cautious and wise when using social networking sites.

5.2. Points that we agree are social networking sites allow users connect with one another. Furthermore, identity can be stolen easily with social networking.

5.3. On the other hand, we disagree that a person may even get out of jail by social networking.

6. References

6.1. Bangalore Mirror, (2012) 'FB unites long-lost friends, sparks off a reunion frenzy'. Retrieved April 24,2018, from http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/fb-unites-long-lost-friends-sparks-off-a-reunion-frenzy/articleshow/21291978.cms

6.2. Heimlich, R (2011) 'Using Social Media to Keep In Touch'. Retrieved April 23, 2018, from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2011/12/22/using-social-media-to-keep-in-touch/

6.3. Simon, M (2008),'Student 'Twitters' his way out of Egyptian Jail'. Retrieved April 24, 2018, from http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/04/25/twitter.buck/

6.4. Velasco, J. (2016) '4 Case Studies in Fraud: Social Media and Identity Theft'. Retrieved April 24, 2018, from https://socialnomics.net/2016/01/13/4-case-studies-in-fraud-social-media-and-identity-theft/