Social Media and its Impact on Social Behavior
Social media has drastically changed how people communicate. How many people remember how it feels to hear the phone ring in the house or receive a letter in the mail? Today’s youth know nothing other than text messages, tweets, and Facebook. Social media and the social entertaining websites of today have affected social behavior in many ways. While there are many advantages to this technological advancement, these advancements can also result in many changes in social behaviors. Some of the few prominent changes in social behavior, due to social media, are lack of communication skills, changes in self-esteem and cyber bullying. Social media is having a huge impact on an individual’s social behavior; strict rules should be implemented to help develop a healthier self-perception and confidence in our young generation.
According to the article, Teens and Social Media, “Only 29% of teens spend time with friends in person doing social activities outside of school” (Lenhart, 2009). Many teenagers today lack the essential social skills that are necessary for college or eventually the working world. Communication through electronic media such as text message and email takes away from communication skills. Most individuals are using electronic communication instead of face to face communication. According to the article, How Social Media is Affecting the Way We Speak and Write, “There are a lot of public speakers who have been sent into tailspins trying to adjust to speaking to an audience whose faces are obstructed by their laptops or who are so busy on their phones that the speaker can only see the tops of their heads, instead of their eyes and face” (Sherman, 2010). This shows that society is becoming disconnected from reality and is lost in the distractions of electronic communication and social media.
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