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Desai 1Vaidehi DesaiEllen AnagboEnglish 71128thNovember 2018Is Social Media Responsible for the Loss of Identity and the Breakdown of Relationships?Time doesn’t wait for anyone and as we move on with our lives, things onsocial media remain frozen and flat but don’t change as we change. In the article“The Flight from Conversation”, Sherry Turkle, a MIT professor, shares that “I’velearned that the little devices most of us carry around are so powerful that theychange not only what we do, but also who we are” (1). By this it is clear howtechnological advancements have not only changed the way we operate but havealso changed the way we are as human beings in the society. It has affected notonly the way we communicate but also the way we handle our relationships. Socialmedia is distorting and altering our way to be in the world as individuals and inrelationships.The current generation sees through the lenses of technology and is soengaged in their digital life that they have lost the touch of real life. ElenaQuartararo, a 17-year-old, in her article “A Generation Zer’s Take on Social MediaAge” believes that “Social media has given us a way not only to speak out, but toeducate ourselves and expand our minds in a way that is unprecedented” (2). Inother words, “it has created a socially and politically aware, opinionated and
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Desai 2unafraid youth, who are wholly prepared to change the world” (2). Peoplenowadays aren’t afraid to speak their hearts out and fight against what they feel iswrong, but is it true in all cases? Are we all accepted as we are on social media? Atotal of 70 % teens have seen others being a victim of cyberbullying and majorityof them have ignored or haven’t tried taking any actions against it. How is thisanywhere close to supporting one another online? Cyberbullying has led people tochange their identity and this is a product of being judged and insulted on the net.Moreover, teens these days are more comfortable conversing online than face toface because this way they can be the kind of individuals the society expects andwants them to be. Turkle’s point is “Texting and email and posting let us presentthe self we want to be. This means we can edit. And if we wish to, we can delete.
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