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The Consequences Of Social Media

analytical Essay
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Social media is the means of connecting people together via the access to the wide web. It includes sharing, communicating and a large variety of other things. However, social media is ironically making us less social in real life situations. For example, nowadays at any café it is guaranteed to find at least a small group of friends/family sitting down and are not interacting with each other as they are using social media through their smartphones or tablets. Social media gives us a virtual world in which we control making us portray ourselves the way we want to, makes us lose authentic interaction with friends and family, people use social media as a channel to express their thoughts and feelings rather than opening up to family or friends, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that social media is the means of connecting people together via the wide web. however, it is ironically making us less social in real life situations.
  • Opines that we can portray ourselves the way we want to instead of showing the real us. this is a growing problem in the new generation as it disables them from opening up about their problems.
  • Analyzes how people have lost authentic interaction with the people around them due to the development of social media.
  • Analyzes how technology appeals to us most when we are vulnerable. people are scared to open up to their friends and family but instead they do anonymously on social media.
  • Explains that teenagers spend 27 hours a week on social media, wasting valuable time instead of using it productively. the problem needs to be solved by making social sites allow accounts on their website.
  • Refutes the view that people spend their time on social media chatting which means they are being social. they state that the number of lonely people in the united states has nearly tripled over the last 20 years.

As Sherry Turkle emphasized “We are designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship, we turn to technology to help us feel connected in ways we can comfortably control” (“Connected, but alone?”, TED talks, 2012). This clearly tells us that people are sometimes scared to open up to their friends and family but instead they do anonymously on social media. That is because you are not judged online, but you are afraid to be judged by people in real life when you open up to them, social media as a result makes us less social as it gives us a virtual world that we can control ourselves. Lastly and most importantly, valuable time is lost as we are unaware of how long we use social media for. As researchers once explained “Teenagers spend 27 hours a week on social media” (The Telegraph, para. 4). This shows how long average teenagers waste their time on social media instead of using their time in a more productive way. That is around 4 hours a day using social media, and if they’re awake for 16 hours a day that means they waste 25% of their time on social media. This is a growing problem that needs to be solved by making social sites allow accounts on their website for a certain amount of

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