Symbolic Interaction Theory In Social Media

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The article being analyzed in this paper is “Social Media Shadow” found at summer 2015 publication in Gazette newspaper. The aspects have been discussed in this article is depicting current situation in our social communications and social live. People were communicating with each other since homo sapience era, although it was not clear communications, yet it was attempt to express yourself, organize, and influence other people’s thoughts and behaviors. Human’s ability to communicate has dramatically expend from that primitive level of cooperation to the broader world of connection. Social media today is not only limited by news, entertainment, education, it also has a colossal impact on shaping peoples behaviors, opinions, and attitudes. This…show more content…
This sociological perspective was developed by George Herbert Mead and Charles Horton Cooley (Henslin 24). This perspective is built on the symbolic meaning people attach to the social interaction. Symbols are essential to our lives, they bring the meaning to our relationships with other people. Without them there would be no differences in our communications with family or completely strange person. The theory analyses people’s face-to-face interactions at micro level. Symbolic Interaction theory is ties together with issues depicted in the article “Social Media Shadow.” Symbols that we use in the social live to identify ourselves, help other people to draw an impression about us, to get to know us better, to help them make connections with us. However, sometimes people get missed messages about others. As it showed in the article, people tend to make gender stereotyping based on their perceptions. This is very huge in social media world. Every day we receiving the subliminal messages [stimuli so weak that we do not consciously notice them] from TV commercial, shows, movies, video games that unobtrusive moderate our perception about how things are ought to be (Myers 219). Unintentionally, we start to compare ourselves with others and wonder how people think about us this concept is known as “looking- glass