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Many social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, twitter, Fraudster etc provides an interface, which links people from various parts of the world. Technology has provided a means through, which people are able to post their photographs and shares their views about life. The number of social network users keeps growing everyday. Social networks provide a cheap way of expressing ideas. The use of social network poses various challenges in the society (Chaulk Jones, 2011). Many people have often deal with ugly social situation following cyber stalking. This paper explores the factors that contribute to cyber stalking by focusing on use of media in networking. It further looks at the impending threats that it poses to social development. Media acts as a tool, which people use to disseminate information to the society. Social fabric depends on media use because any information that preaches hatred or peace would reach large audience when expressed in media. Technological development has contributed to creation of social networking sites. Cyber stalking is electronic method of harassing individuals using internet. Lamber Royakkers, a renowned professor of technology, argues that stalking is a mental violation (assault) where the perpetrator disruptively or unwontedly intrudes into the victim’s world aiming at infringing on the rights of the victim. Largely the perpetrator does not have any relationship with the victim. The method used in passing information influences the legal implication on the victims. In some cases, an individual may fail to identify the gravity of the information that he relays to the society. Before an individual describes a case as cyber stalking, one has to identify the legal authority and its description to cyber stalking. Each case of cyber stalking has its own magnitude to an individual, thus prompting different approach in each case of cyber stalking. Some identified cases of cyber stalking include. premeditation, malice, distress, repetition, obsession, without legitimate purpose, vendetta, harassment, personally directed and disregarded warning to stop (Chaulk Jones, 2011). The legal implication that various forms of stalking carry depends on the existing legislations in the society. For instance, malice has a different psychological impact to an individual compared to issuing of threats. Repetition of an event or various events in an individual life leads to internal mental movie or schemas (Tiffany et. al, 2008). An individual has the ability to develop schemas of any occurrence. For instance, relationship schemas occur when a person experiences romantic or parental relationship. These schemas develop because of the perception developed by an individual regarding life experience. Stalking on the other hand would influence individual schemas since it occurs without the consent of the perpetrated party. The society is experiencing various forms of stalking which have psychological effects to the victim. For instance, cyber stalking may promote threatening information to unsuspecting individual. This information would psychologically torture the victim due to the internal mental schemas that he or she develops (Tiffany, Yevdokiya Sandra, 2008). Proper functionality of an individual depends on schemas that one develops over a certain period. Fear occurs due to schemas that an individual develops. A research into the causative factors of cyber stalking argues that crime depends on numerous social factors, which include differential association (Karen, 2006). For instance criminal activities of significant others have an influence to the associated parties e.g. peers. On the other hand, differential costs or benefits of the crime are