Danah M. Boyd defines social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. In today’s society, there are numerous types of social media and the form of communication has changed. One no longer has to meet face to face or make phone calls in order to communicate since messages can now be sent through various social media sites. According to DeVito’s textbook, with reference from Spitzberg & Cupach, 1998, 2002, 2011, communication competence refers both to your knowledge and understanding of how communication works and to your ability to use communication effectively. A competent communicator is one who: makes reasoned choices, thinks critically and mindfully, is culturally sensitive, is ethical, an effective listener and is media literate. Despite making communication easier and more convenient, social media has impacted the communication skills of youth. These six types of a component communicator would be further discussed in the following paragraphs. Firstly, a competent communicator is able to make reasoned choices. This means that the competent communicator is able to decipher which messages are appropriate for sending and which are not. This is efficient as it allows for mutual respect between both a sender and receiver. As competent communicators who make reasoned choices, they are capable to quickly evaluate a suitable response beforehand based on the type of feedback that is admitted from a sender. This choice is assessed through the analysis of tone or language that is sent to the competent communicator. They are able to interact with each other effectively as they have a developed understanding of how to react and direct messages to a receiver. Some benefits of being a competent communicator who makes reasoned choices are: by allowing oneself to become knowledgeable with information on how to relay messages effectively. One would be able to increase motivation for communication as receivers would appreciate the appropriateness of the messages sent by the individual. Another benefit towards the reasoned choice maker is that bonds are better made through effective communication as both sender and receiver are able to interact with each other effectively through their assessed grammatical skills. This type of individual can also transmit effective messages so that receivers are able to understand. They can speak to small groups of people and or audiences effectively without explaining improper variances on the topics of which they speak. Competent communication reasoned choice makers are indeed a distinguished group of communicators as they are able to communicate effective through their knowledge and use of grammar. By achieving the ability to do this, adopting this type of communication within the social networking communication, there would be less miscommunication among communicators. Therefore, both parties would be able to adapt effective communicative qualities from each other, thus revealing that they would both be able to create quality like relationships with one another. Secondly, it has become prevalent today that the ways in which youth communicate has definitely been affected with regards to the media, more specifically social media. Much has transformed as generations proceed and the way in which youth would have communicated a decade ago are most certainly not in accordance with the ways in which they communicate today. “Online social websites have achieved a phenomenal global growth over the last decade…it is a known fact that young adults and teenagers are the most avid users of such sites” (Khedo, Suntoo, Ally and Mocktoolah). This statement was taken from the study entitled, “Impact of Online Social Networking on Youth: Case Study of Mauritus”....
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