between family time and work time more permeable than ever. As such, people have the opportunity to do their paid work at home, which increases the time spent together, communicating, and interacting with one another.Bond (2010) classifies new media as serving external or internal functions. Internal functions pertain to the facilitation of interactions among members of a family while external functions concern promoting interactions among persons not in physical contact. By ensuringthat people are connected seamlessly, new media reinforces social skills thus making
NEW MEDIA 3relationships stronger. Furthermore, new media and technologies change the way people entertain themselves and learn about their world (Bond, 2010). The computer encourages social interaction both within and out of the home and online or electronic gaming, for instance, does not result in social isolation but enhances and buttresses existing peer relationships (McGrath, 2012). When a family member or friend with technical skills teaches another how to use new technology, it creates a shared experience, a form of social support, which strengthens their relationship.Television, according to Plowman, McPake, & Stephen (2010), is a perfect illustrationof how new media enhances interaction between people through relational maintenance. As stated by the author, television viewing is a “social activity” and is often done with family members or friends. Aspects such as “family fun night” and “television talk” are ways that people can establish positive social interactions and communication. Notably, television
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