Social Media Usage & Relationships

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Social media usage has skyrocketed in the United States as a major form of communication between individuals and groups. Specifically, the number of Facebook users in the United States in 2012 was 163,071,460; this is 52.56% of the total population, making the United States the country with the highest usage (Social Bakers, 2013). A concern is growing regarding the effect that social media has on relationships and the satisfaction men and women find in them. For example, in a study by Laird (2012), found 24% of the respondents said they had missed out on enjoying special moments in person because they were too busy trying to document their experiences on a social media medium. The problem has become where people have to remember to “live in the now” instead of working to think up a clever tweet or Facebook update, or find a perfect Instagram setting. Based on worldwide data, Facebook users spend 10.5 billion minutes everyday on the site, negating mobile use, which has grown incredibly with the addition of smart phones. Based on this data, it means that essentially 20 years everyday people live online instead of offline. A survey by the social site, Badoo, was discovered that 39% of Americans spend more time socializing online than in person and 20% actually would rather communicate online or in text messages than in face to face conversation (Laird, 2012).

Dangerous future implications are looming because of the dependency of social media on the lives of people today. The argument that social media is making our society socially awkward rings true as it we see the next generation beginning to struggle to interact normally in face to face interactions. People are much more apt to be honest in a social media medium where they don’t have to see the reaction of the person on the other end. In face-to-face interaction, one has to think quickly and be engaged in the conversation in order to fully respond to what the other person is saying. In social...
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