Social media is a world within a world and for those who were born in the 21st Century, technology is only but a natural phenomenon. Cell phones, iPods, and video games are practically inevitable for teens and young adults. Along with these technologies come social media networking, which is part of the daily routine for many. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have millions of visitors daily. Facebook alone has over 500 million users which make it the most popular social network website on Earth. Research conducted by Facebook shows that 50 per cent of its users are active users who log on daily and spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site. There is no doubt that social media and social networking are here to stay; however, added to these ‘natural’ luxuries are risks and dangers.While these sites’ open dialogue allows individuals to express themselves, there must be some amount of user censorship not necessarily by the domain host but rather by individuals themselves. Creating a profile, giving details about yourself, hobbies and educational background are all acceptable; however, for many every aspect of their day, work and lives are posted. Like driving, the users of social media should be cognisant of the five C’s – caution, care, common sense, courtesy and consideration – as many of the things posted can arise in the future to haunt thrones. Only recently, it was observed locally that a number of young persons were posting on social media their intent to resign from their current place of employment. Common sense – one of the 5 C’s – would inform that such information is personal and should not be posted on a social network, as such behaviours can stymie future employment.What if the situation changed and that person needs to stay at the current place of employment? What if an intended employer does a social media search and sees such uncouth behaviour? It is thought-provoking that an employee can overlook his /her posting on any social networking site and talk their way out of potential employment. It seems as though these consequences are often not in the minds of teens and young adults when they take to the social media world to express themselves. Interestingly, many young persons do not take into account or acknowledge the dangers of such postings on social networking sites since to them, all the social sites seem innocent.Research has shown one of the greatest impacts of social networking is on the social skills of people. According to a BBC report, while on one hand, social networking sites seem to bring people together and connected; on the other hand, it creates social isolation. Research has shown that older generations of networkers learnt how to communicate and interact long before networking was even a thought, but much of the younger generations do not interact socially. According to the report, social networking has created a serious breach in the ability of young people to communicate and interact with each other.It is clear that there is evidence suggesting that social networking can be risky to a dangerous extent, but it is an area that cannot be ignored, as it is the driving force of the world today. Like the many pleasures of life, social networking can be beneficial in moderation; however, unfortunately, moderation and the social media world do not coincide in society. As such, all one can hope for is that young people have a deeper understanding and be conscious of what they are posing on social media, taking into consideration its impact today, tomorrow and years ahead.
Arsenal have slapped in a £34m bid for Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka, claim reports in Germany.Arsene Wenger is expected to splash the cash this summer following a disappointing season and has made midfielder Xhaka his first target.REACTION: ‘He’s the player we’ve missed for years!’ Gooners on rumoured Granit Xhaka dealThe Gunners have been heavily linked with the Switzerland international since January and have now firmed up their interest by stumping up a mega offer.Xhaka is understood to be keen on a switch to the Premier League and Arsenal’s offer, according to Rheinische Post, will be enough to persuade Monchengladbach to sell.The 23-year-old has been a pivotal figure for the Bundesliga club since he joined from Basel in 2012, and is on the verge of helping the club secure back-to-back qualifications for the Champions League. Granit Xhaka in action for Borussia Monchengladbach 1
Ronald Koeman’s side are struggling for form Ronald Koeman feels he has retained the Everton board’s backing having met with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Friday, though the Dutchman accepts his position is dependent on results.Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and others in the club’s hierarchy visited Finch Farm last week to assess recent building work at the Toffees’ training ground and while on site spoke with boss Koeman.The renovation of Everton’s own playing squad looked impressive during their summer spending spree but reality has so far not matched expectation, with two Premier League wins from eight leaving them near the relegation zone.Moshiri told talkSPORT earlier this month that Koeman had his “total support” and while he believes that is the case, the manager is mindful that those in his occupation have precarious lives.“We spoke about football,” Koeman said. “There was not really a message but the feeling is that they (Everton’s board) are behind the team, they are behind the manager.“Everybody knows in football that’s a nice thing but in football always, finally, it’s all about results. Until now it’s full, total support from the board, yes.”A manager’s short shelf life was highlighted by Craig Shakespeare at the weekend when the then-Leicester boss suggested those in his profession are only ever four games away from scrutiny.Everton face Lyon, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester, who have since axed Shakespeare, in their next quartet of games.Asked whether he was a quartet of results away from a crisis, a smiling Koeman responded: “Maybe I’m in the crisis?“But everybody knows in football the manager’s job is a really difficult job because things change really fast. Most of the time the manager doesn’t get time to improve the team. “It’s football, it’s hard to take for the managers but it’s part of the job.”The Toffees have had equally poor results in the Europa League and sit bottom of their group after two games, having picked up just a point in fixtures with Atalanta and Apollon Limassol.Lyon, who themselves have just two points, are the visitors to Goodison Park on Thursday and former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay will make his first return to England since being sold by Jose Mourinho in January.The 23-year-old’s destination then would have been Merseyside had Koeman got his wish.“Finally the club Everton didn’t get an agreement with Man United,” he said.“Depay chose to make the move to Lyon. He’s still a young player, one of the Dutch talents for the future for the national team.“He’s always dangerous because when he’s not really on his level, he has some individual qualities in free-kicks, shots from outside the box, he’s always a dangerous player that we need to control. “He didn’t play a lot for United. He’s still a young player, I like the player. We tried it but we didn’t reach an agreement for him.”James McCarthy (knee) could return on Sunday against Arsenal with Thursday’s match coming too soon, while full-back Jonjoe Kenny is a doubt to face Lyon. 1