The onslaught of collective of online communications channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and websites or apps dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, and wikis aka as Social Media, in our lives have brought about a change in our perspective towards maintaining real relationships.
Social media is no longer just a social activity, and using technology is no longer just a way to pass time. It has become a way of life. And problems surrounding it are making their way into society.
The prominent role social media plays in society has both increased and decreased progress in human communication.
While on the one hand you can stay in touch with friends and family through social media or make new friends across the globe, on the other it also is a major time waster.
On an average a person spends at least 2 hours online. And I am as guilty as you when it comes to being social online. But thankfully I do not ever let it overtake my need to be in touch with my friends or family regularly either through personal meetings, or phone calls if they are away.
It’s true that Social media spreads information faster than any other media. But it’s also true that Social media enables the spread of unreliable and false information.
In a technologically-advanced society, people enjoy documenting almost all of their unexpected as well as important moments in life for their social media profiles.
The majority of today’s generation is not learning how to expand their minds without the use of technology and social media. Today children are more dependent upon electronics and less dependent on human interaction.
They may have an Instagram or Facebook account with hundreds of followers but still feel like they do not have any friends.
The impersonal communication that comes through technology and social media platforms results in arguments, opinions and unnecessarily crude remarks because the two communicating are not doing so face to face. Cyber bullying is becoming cool and the”in”thing.
People say things that are inappropriate, and they feel comfortable doing it because there is the buffer of a screen in front of you. People feel like they can voice their opinions freely without regard for what the reader could be feeling or how they could be interpreting the message.
Overuse of social media in youngsters’ is responsible for their inability in maintaining successful relationships and lasting friendships. It also reflected an increase in narcisstic personality traits causing depression and a feeling of disconnect, low self esteem and eating disorders.
Relationships are essential; humans are social creatures. Human nature craves human interaction, and that interaction cannot be effectively replaced by technology. I believe the relationships we cultivate within our families and friends can be the most essential connections of our lives. Technology will only progress as time moves forward, and teaching children the value of personal relationships will be key to ensuring success in their future endeavors.
So tell me how do you feel about this?