The disadvantages of social networking are:
* Identity Theft
Even though social networking sites are a good way to communicate with friends, it's also a way to be targeted for identity theft. Teens are increasingly the victims of this because they are more likely to lack awareness, and have a clean credit history.
* Academics Effected
The new research suggests that overuse of media and technology can negatively affect health of children and teens, especially with psychological disorders- making users more likely to experience anxiety and depression.
* Increases the risk of teens smoking,drinking and using drugs.
* News Travels Fast
Usually, news getting spread about situations is a good thing because people are more aware of what could happen but in this case, there are also disadvantages because rumors could get spread and false information can be put onto Facebook, Twitter etc.
* Face to Face Connections are Endangered
A huge advantage of these social communities has a reverse side effect that is also a big disadvantage of social networking: they reduce or eliminate face-to-face socialization. Because of the autonomy afforded by the virtual world, individuals are free to create a fantasy persona and can pretend to be someone else.
* Cyberbullying and Crimes Against Children
Use of social networks can expose individuals to harassment or inappropriate contact from others. Unless parents are diligent to filter the Internet content to which their families are exposed, children could be exposed to pornography or other inappropriate content.
* Time Waster