English 125 EF1
22 September 2014
The Effect of Social Media on Relationship
Social media is where people interact with others, share personal information and keep up with the latest trends and news. These days however, it is becoming the main form of communication for many. Recent technological innovations, such as social media networking sites has been said to alter the way in which we communicate and the interaction we obtain face-to-face. This topic basically comes down to who and how social media is used. The two works of literature by Sherry Turkle and danah boyd, show conflicting opinions about the subject. There is no question by either author about the impact of social media on how we communicate. Rather the main point of issue is social media making a positive or a negative impact. Sherry Turkle in the introduction of her book “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other” argues that social media is making us hide behind the screen rather than actually communicating with one another. However, in danah boyd’s introduction of her book “It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” she explains that even though teenagers are using social media more and more, its actually keeping them more connected. Although social media clearly has made an impact on how we communicate, it does not damage the way we make, sustain and understand relationships.
One component that is compelling us to use social media sites more is the convenience. In the olden days, the most efficient method of communication was through mailing letters, which took days to get from person to another. These days however, through the press of an icon, messages can be sent in a matter of seconds. This is a major advantage that makes us interact with others. Although mailing letters maybe more heartfelt and thoughtful, the amount of interaction that someone has with the other person is not as strong. Using social...
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