The Use of Internet and Social Interactions

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Social media has become an unquestionable part of our everyday lives. We do not even think anything of it, because so many people have accounts on websites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc., that are checked and updated daily. Those who have a life on the Internet do not always realize that they are losing their connections with the real world (CBC Article). Nowadays, a reputation online is more important, and communication thrives through social networking. New cliques are created, and some are even finding a way to make a living online. Social media seems to have quite the impact, especially on teenagers. However, most do not see the impact that it has. Social media has drastically changed how we communicate. Not too long ago, we communicated through the mail, on a landline telephone, and in person. Today, we send text messages; leave voice messages; use instant messenger; send emails; talk through headphones, cell phones, and online video phones; and, of course, interact through the Internet where a plethora of social media tools has redefined communication (Toronto Star). There is no doubt that social media has taken over people’s life in this generation. People want to constantly know what the latest news is; whether it be sports, gossip or public affairs. Social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have broken barriers of space and time, enabling us to interact with more people every day of the week, anywhere on the planet. Social media has become deeply embedded in our society and it is hard to get rid of our technological cravings. This essay will unpack a few major issues associated with social media and its affect on social interaction. The use of Internet, and such sites as Facebook, MSN, MySpac... ... middle of paper ... ...ites/susantardanico/2012/04/30/is-social-media-sabotaging-real-communication/ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/magazine/why-facebook-is-after-your-kids.html?_r=0 http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/social-issues/this-ugly-story-of-high-school-bullying-has-a-happy-ending.html http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-18/health/32697960_1_facebook-account-facebook-and-twitter-sites http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/facebook-study-social-net_n_2487671.html http://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=iXHzjIwQae4C&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=social+media+affecting+communication+skills&ots=j3HXOas2u8&sig=tMP806RAU0t7bCwW4Jabc0sAa-Q#v=onepage&q&f=false http://web.pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2010/PIP_Social_Media_and_Young_Adults_Report_Final_with_toplines.pdf http://mckenziemarienelson.blogspot.ca Kwan, A. (2006). Social Issues . Indiana: Fernwood Publishing .
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