Should I add 'of' after gerunds to introduce an object? For example, which one is correct:
The advent of social media has had a huge impact on sharing information.
The advent of social media has had a huge impact on the sharing of information.
? Both? In other words, do gerunds function as nouns or as verbs in such instances? Let me stress the fact that my question is not "how can I say it best" so don't suggest rephrasing (yes, "on how people share information" sounds better, but it's not the point, you can make your own example if you don't like mine).