Myspace Disadvantages

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In 2003, eUniverse employees Chris DeWolfe, Brad Greenspan, Tom Anderson and Josh Berman founded Myspace, the social networking website which accounted for 80 percent of all social networking traffic by 2006. According to The Huffington Post website, Myspace beat Google Search and Yahoo! Mail in total page views and became the most-visited website in the United States during July 2006. However, Myspace has also attracted the attention of parents, who claim that it could make teenagers the target of sexual predators or cyberbullies.

Personal Information

  • Some critics, such as the National Science Fair, have criticized Myspace for making it easier for teenagers to post personal information. Public Myspace profiles may contain information such as a person's sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or where he attends school. The NSF suggests that parents should educate their teenagers to keep personal information private.

Sexual Predators

  • According to MILSpouse.com, some teenagers may post personal information or photos that could attract the attention of sexual predators. Teenagers as young as 14 years old can legally join the site, where sexual predators may contact them. In 2006, 16-year-old Katherine Lester made headlines when she flew to the Middle East to meet with Abdullah Jinzawi, a 20-year-old man she met on Myspace.

Cyberbullying

  • Cyberbullying, or bullying a person online, can also occur on Myspace. In October 2006, a teenager from Missouri committed suicide after being bullied on Myspace by her neighbor. The neighbor began bullying her by using a fake Myspace account and posing as a boy who was romantically interested in her. Although cyberbullying isn't exclusive to Myspace, it does occur on the website.

Functionality

  • The Myspace website also contains usability issues, such as problems with security and speed. NSF claims that the site is slow and its servers can go out of operation. Users also do not have complete control over their page's design.

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