Social Networking and Effects on Society
Wouldn’t you say that online social networking has changed the way society interacts with friends, family and perfect strangers. When someone exposes themselves to these sites, they open the door to allow these people into their lives. Some of them you would have passed on the street and not even thought of befriending. These people you have chosen to interact with, whether they are in your city, another state, another country or just someone you met online have now become a part of your circle. This form of communication will eventually turn their social interaction into non-existence. Social networking has a negative effect on society impacting physical interaction with people. The first way social networking has a negative effect on society impacting physical interaction with people is that it causes individuals to withdraw from the public. People are spending more time forming virtual relationships with Facebook friends and people from other social network sites (SNS), rather than attending happy hour restaurants and nightclubs. These actions are making people spend more time in front of the computer, decreasing the physical interaction that existed before social networking sites. These online relationships are providing a comfort zone that allows one to let down their guard and trust. They hide behind the computer monitor so they don’t have to engage in face-to-face interaction. This type of communication is causing people to become more isolated, withdrawn from public activities. According to Virgilio A.F. Almeida, he said, “People’s habits, customs, and relationships are going through profound changes that will have as-yet-unknown effects on them and society as a whole. The online world leaves behind face-to-face contact, hand-shakes, eye contact, and so on—rather, online communication will gradually evolve new codes for interaction and relationships (Almeida, 2012, p. 4).” Therefore, people have become more...
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