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SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS EFFECT ON RELATIONSHIPS 1 Social Media and its Effect on Relationships Cornerstone University Holli McNulty OLMT06 ENG-119
SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS EFFECT ON RELATIONSHIPS 2 Abstract Social media has become an ever-evolving trend in today’s society. This paper explores the way we have become enthralled in technology, and in turn have become distant in our relationships. Mannerisms and behaviors have become less personal, and because of this, healthy relationships are much more difficult to obtain. With new technology like smartphones and tablets, we constantly carry new technology with us, and have become obsessed with the digital age. Apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat are only a few taps away, and we have become more comfortable typing on a device than putting our phones down and having an actual conversation. This paper will explain how society has taken a sharp turn into the digital world, and both the positive and negative effects of this change.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS EFFECT ON RELATIONSHIPS 3 Social Media and its Effect on Relationships When is the last time your phone buzzed from a Facebook notification or a Twitter news feed? Do you worry and become anxious when you aren’t connected to the digital world? We have become a society that is obsessed with social media from Facebook to Twitter to Snapchat, and that has dramatically decreased our abilities to have healthy intrapersonal relationships. In today’s world, social media has become a new form of communication, networking, and generally a way of life. Society has become so engrained in the world of social media, that we have forgotten how to have close relationships with others, whether in professional or personal lives. We have lost the art of communicating on a personal level. Social media is a very interesting tool that started off as a fairly simple concept. When social media originated, it was a form of communicating and keeping in touch with people. This was originally developed as a means of networking between friends and co-workers, and has developed into something much larger. Nowadays, social media has become a form of communicating with unknown people, along with becoming our go-to place for news updates. With that, we have seemingly become a society that seeks comfort behind the screen. Somehow, over the course of time and the evolving components of social media and the quickly growing technology age, we have become much more comfortable speaking to others via digital format rather than face-to-face. From devastating tragedies to politics, it is easy to see that people are very comfortable saying things online, but not in person. This has created somewhat of a pandemonium in our world. We have begun to live two different lives: our online lives and our real lives. Many people have developed unique personas that are vastly different from their “in person” personality. It is interesting how we are able to feel protected by a screen.
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