Social media has taken over the younger generation at a staggering rate. In 2012, 94% of teenagers have reported that they have a Facebook account. They average to have 425 friends as well. (Marketing Land, Greg Sterling p1). These are mind boggling statistics. Social networking has replaced the “face to face” encounters that the generations before had to do if they wanted to talk to their friends or family. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have transformed the way we speak or see our friends, family, and a lot of times strangers that we have never met offline. I've come to realize that kids my age are a lot more shy and not as easy to converse with in person as people our parent's or grandparent's age. That could come from talking behind a computer or a cellular device all the time with texts instead of verbally speaking. The impact of social media is putting a negative effect on the younger generation.
In Austin McCann's Impact of Social Media on Teens articles he raises that "social networking is turning out to be more than a piece of their reality, its turning into their reality." Teens grumble about always being pushed with homework, however perhaps homework isn't the fundamental wellspring of the anxiety. Ordinary Health magazine expresses that, on insights, a young person who invests more energy open air is for the most part a more content and healthier child. Be that as it may, since 2000, the time adolescents spend outside has diminished altogether bringing on more despondency and heftiness. Not just does it influence wellbeing, social networking denies folks from having an intensive discussion with their youngsters without them checking their telephone. Despite the fact that the constructive outcome of having an online networking profile is to correspond with companions/family, they don't even have the respectability to lift their head and take part in a discussion. Appreciating the easily overlooked details around them turns into a troublesome errand to the normal adolescent when they're excessively caught up with tweeting about it. The repudiating impacts of it goes to demonstrate that social networking is not all it is talked up to
Naturally, human beings are social beings and cannot live without friends. Friendship is an essential part of the structure of human existence. Today’s people are seeking and participating in relationships because they believe that it is good to have friends so as to experience pleasure, to be honored, to be healthy, and to prosper in life. Even in the inferior kind of friendships, people cooperate for the common advantage or pleasure. Irrespective of qualifications, career, personal perspectives, cultural differences, and interests, all people seek for love and acknowledgement from others (Curzer, 2012). This means that at a particular time, every individual will seek for a friendship, whether based on utility, pleasure, or even virtuous
...that many have replaced some of the time that would otherwise be spent in face-to-face conversations with virtual conversations. These conversations online are much less personal than face-to face interactions contribution to weaker social ties. In addition, the ease of social networking and the ability to be “elsewhere” at any point in time has weakened personal interactions as many become distracted with such conveniences even while in face-to face in interactions with others. Overall, the result has been less face-to face interactions and weaker interactions all contributing to weaker social ties and ultimately one cause of the increasing social isolation observed especially among children and teenagers.
What would humanity achieve without the need for technology? In the 21st century, technology has offered a broad platform for people and is used for different reasons: shopping, work, for entertainment, education and communication worldwide. Although we use electronics everyday to help make our lives easier, the act of overusing technology has created an addition in society. In a recent study, 52% of teens claim that social media has made their friendships better (Wallace). While social media and all general technology are often used for positive reasons, it has also been proven that it can cause major issue within close relationships as well. Teenagers feel obligated to stay prompt and check their social media accounts
Something remarkable has happened over the last decade. For the first time in history we have gained the powers to build relationships with people all over the world, and to maintain those relationships with hardly any contact. We never need to lose touch with anyone, ever again, as our Facebook friends and Twitter followers grow by the day. There is something wonderful about reconnecting with an old school friend with a poke and a message; so much easier than having to actually talk to them (what would I say after all these years?). Who hasn’t felt the thrill as your number of friends crosses the 1,000 or 10,000 barrier?
Interactions through social media are not the same as face-to-face, leading to teenagers and young adults losing their ability to read emotions. In one study, conducted by scientists at UCLA, between students who continued to use social media and students who went five days without using social media the results indicated; sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices. (Wolpert, 2014). Comparatively, how often do you see a friend from social media, in a waiting room or out at dinner, and they are not able to engage in a meaningful conversation with you? Many individuals find it easy to have conversations on social media, yet face to face conversations make an individual feel socially
Is technology replacing our friends with virtual “companions”? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Humans today can communicate like never before! Teens, adults and even children are spending too much time on their devices and gadgets that they have no time to spend with their real life friends. Technology is wasting precious time and chances to meet new friends. If you think that technology brings you and your friend closer, let me explain why you’re wrong…
This addictive way to communicate has many problems. For example, the possibility that in a near future people won’t be able to communicate face-to-face, like now is done. This is because young people don’t call each other anymore. Instead they write a message on Facebook, or send a text message via their cell phone (Stout, 2010). A big worry people have is that in some years the unable-to-communicate teenagers won’t be able to recognize feelings and emotions on other persons, and even the language they use will be different. That is why, now we are really asking ourselves, what is the real nature of these popular networks? Are they really social, or are they antisocial?
As you can see, in a society where interacting and over-sharing online is a trend, you probably speak to friends and family through electronic devices and social media than face-to-face. Many surveys have been addressed that one in four college students and adults would spend more time socializing online than they do in person. Whenever you attend a classroom, party or club, you can see that there is someone with their head down looking at the phone, ignore the group and reject to speak in a conversation. Moreover, if they have free time in the weekend to hang out, they tend to want to stay at home and chat or text through social media. As a result, the relationships is deteriorating,
One of the greatest aspects of one’s life is the friendships made throughout the years. Friends are there to help comfort, laugh with, ward off loneliness, and to build up connections between other people. Amongst these attributes, friends at a young age help children to “build trust in people outside their families and consequently help lay the groundwork for healthy adult relationships (Stout, 2013, para. 14).” However, with the introduction of technology brings along social medi...
Various electronics are frequently used to go on pointless websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, which ruin society’s social abilities. More and more people use social media on the internet as a communication source. This does not apply merely to kids and teens, but adults as well. Using these sorts of websites as a way of communicating causes many individuals’ social skills to decrease. A plethora of children and teens would rather stay inside and interact with their friends through the internet than go hang out with them. Before technology people were not afraid to go up to a random person and talk to them. Now many friendships form through the internet and these friendships are not genuine. When these “friends” meet in person, they find nothing to talk about. For example, I remember after watching Perks of being a Wallflower, a movie taking place in the early nineties, my friends and I discussed how all the characters communicated in person and during hanging out they played games and talked. Now...
We do not make friends because they are useful but the bond of friendship, once it grows stronger and stronger has a number of positive aspects. There are certain secrets that can only be shared with our friends only. When we are facing a difficult situation in our lives, only true friends come forward to help us overcome all the difficulties.