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Social Networking or Antisocial Entertainmemt? Social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter have been increasingly used over the past few years. Whether it is used for business networking, personal communication, or solely for entertainment, these websites are becoming part of today’s society and are used by every generation. Social networks allow ways to keep in touch with long distance friends and enable one to market new ideas, but can be viewed as a rising threat to face-to-face communication. Personal communication skills are important and should be highly valued. If these skills are not developed at a young age, the ability to read body language and expression could be completely devastated, causing people to engage in shallow relationships. The New York Times reported a devastating statistic that specified, “fifty-four percent of people asked say they communicate through text messages and only thirty-three participate in real confrontational conversations” (Stout). Seeing as these popular sites are now easily accessed through cell phone apps, this intriguing statistic supports the claim made above. Focusing especially on young adolescents, according to Brent Staples, the author of “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow up in Cyberspace”, these networks are forcing teens to become “cut-off from the social encounters that have historically prepared young people to become adults” (Staples 242). Social media sites along with technology all together are causing today’s generation to become “hermetic” and lack social skills that will be needed later in order to obtain a career (Staples 243). These distractive and destructive sites are causing young adults to become lethargic with their grammar and social engagements which will later affect their future relationships.
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