How Social Media Affects Our Interaction With Others

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Evolving technologies have both improved our quality of life and have made our lives easier. Innovations have allowed us to find a machine to solve every one of our problems. The current rate of technological development has allowed us to integrate many devices into our everyday lifestyle. However, there is a price that comes with the use of new technology. Instead of using social media as a mere tool to help us communicate with others, some of us have made this the only way we socialize. A recent study done on users from ages 18 to 34 found that “nearly half check Facebook minutes after waking up” (Marche 9). Stephen Marche only mentions the usage of social media early in the day, leaving out the percentage of users that are connected the entire day, even while sleeping. Our obsessive use of social media has placed us in a dangerous psychological state; we have become lonely because we interact with machines instead of real people. Although technology’s purpose is to make our lives better, it instead prevents us from interacting with the real world. In “Television: The Plug-In Drug,” Marie Winn reveals that children’s relationships have deteriorated by spending many hours in in front of the television (443). On average children are spending more than 24 hours per week watching television (Hinckley). Since childhood is the prime time humans learn about relationships, instead of watching television children should be playing outside with friends, and talking more with their families. While television has had a negative impact on children, social media prevents adults from forming real relationships. A survey showed that only 20 percent of Americans had someone to confide in and 25 percent had no one to talk to (Marche 3). Having ... ... middle of paper ... ...the mind?” HowStuffWorks. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. Goleman, Daniel. "HEALTH: PSYCHOLOGY; Researchers Add Sounds of Silence To the Growing List of Health Risks." The New York Times, 04 Aug. 1988. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. Hinclkey, David. “Americans spend 34 hours a week watching TV, according to Nielsen numbers.” New York Daily News. Mortimer Zuckerman, 19 Sep 2012. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. "Japan unveils humanoid robot that laughs and smiles." n.pag. Web. 31 Oct 2013. Marche, Stephen. "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely." The Atlantic. Jay Lauf, 02 Apr 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. MarketingCharts. Marketing Charts. Watershed Publishing, 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. Turkle, Sherry. “Connected, but alone?” TED. TED, Apr. 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. Winn, Mary. "Television: The Plug-In Drug." 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology. 3rd Edition. Ed. Samuel Cohen. Boston: Bedford, 2011. 440-443. Print
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