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We hear a lot about social networks these days. The kinds we hear about in modern times refer to those mostly online. While social networks exist on a variety of levels, online social networking sites have really taken over in the last few years. People are now connected in a virtual space where they otherwise would not be socially connected without such technology. Today, people that once knew each other many years ago can connect online. In the past, they would probably never even hear from each other again. This also leads to a social disconnect since people are so used to being social online that they almost forget how to do it in person. This is definitely a new aspect of sociology that will be heavily studied in the years to come.
Social networks exist on the smallest and the largest levels. A group of two children can be considered a social network as can two entire countries. Social networks are often used to solve problems and share knowledge. They can also play a role in the success of an individual. Social networks are about more than just groups as they have a profound affect on people individually.