Opinion: Social Media – the other kind of threat

Social media is an important aspect in the lives of millions of people, daily. It may really have an unprecedented degree of impact on life as we know it, for better or worse. The opportunities social media brings are great and numerous, but beyond grumbling about communication skills deficiencies we rarely consider another, more direct way that social media could prove to be a problem.
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