Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other?
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Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other?

Does the use of social media affect our face-to-face communication?

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According to some researchers, the use of the internet and social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and other similar-functioning sites has grown exponentially. Some researchers think that the more often people use this new type of communication, the more likely it is that people will lose the ability to have quality face-to-face communication; however, some people argue that this hypothesis is not true. What I will try to prove is if social media really has affected our face-to-face interactions. At first, I was skeptical about this research; however, now I understand more about the subject. Personally, I believe that the problem does not originate with or exist only because of social media (social media is a communication tool); instead, I believe it’s a combination between the tool, the people who use it and the way in which it is used.

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:57 PM
This is an important question, one that often gets glossed over in a simplistic way. Your take is more thoughtful.
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The Effects of Social Media on Teenagers - SociallyActive

The Effects of Social Media on Teenagers - SociallyActive | Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other? | Scoop.it
What are the negative effects of Social Media on Teenagers? Is it all bad, or can there be positive effects of Social Media as well?
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According to this article, social media has a big impact on our children, especially if parents do not control what their children see, post or share with the rest of society. From this article we learn that more than 80% of American youth have access to any social media site because they use texting, posting on Facebook or Twitter, and sending email, etc… Using too much social media can create a negative impact on their face-to-face social skills, and expose them to widespread problems like internet bullying. Teens also experience side effects if they are plugged into social media for too many long periods of time. One thing we shouldn’t forget is that parents of plugged-in teens have the authority or responsibility to create some boundaries for their children. For example, a parent can be more involved in what their children post or see over the internet, and a parent can control how much time a teen or child has access to the internet or social media sites. With both the parents’ participation and the children’s participation, social media is not as bad as it looks.

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Maggie Giuffrida's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:12 PM

Younger teenagers are lacking the development of social skills. It is easier to like a boy's facebook profile picture than to spark conversation in the lunch room. Young teenagers are more confident online than in any other facet of their lives. This is a horribly negative effect on society and predicts negative effects.

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Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy

Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy | Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other? | Scoop.it
The tragic death of Trey Pennington has Jay Baer rethinking the nature of social media relationships and their role in our fast-paced lives.
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The author of this article classifies two types of friends: social media friends and friends that you know for a long time. It is easier to find a social media friend that probably has the same likes and dislikes as you, but do we really know that person? I don’t think it is possible to really know that person; maybe that person has a dark side or is looking for an opportunity to assault someone. On the other hand, people that you know for a long time (years) may help you when you are in need because they know you. A person who uses social media can acquire lots of friends, but I don’t believe this is the only place you can acquire lots of friends; having lots of friends may not be necessary for everyone anyway. The author specifies something very important when she says, “it is not what you know but who you know.” This is probably true but not necessarily just because people that are more qualified to do specific tasks should have preference over those who hold personal relationships with their bosses. The author clearly shows how the lines of communication and friendship between humans have changed during the past few years. However, we have to keep in mind that this problem is not necessary caused by social media; instead, it starts with people who don’t know how to keep them straight anyway and overuse the terms. 

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The Effects of Social Networking upon Society | Academic About pop culture/trends and social issues/civics

The Effects of Social Networking upon Society | Academic About pop culture/trends and social issues/civics | Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other? | Scoop.it
Social networking is a tool used by people all around the world. Its purpose is to promote and aid c
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The author of this article clearly describes how face-to-face interactions are diminishing at the same time that the interactions between individuals over social media are increasing. For her, it is clear that the more often people use this type of communication, the more likely they are to experience decreased quality in person-to-person communication. A negative consequence of social media has been the beginning of and increases in, internet bullying; the author states that it is more difficult to control because there are no witnesses to conaying is difficult to control because l medialsfirm the attacks. People can develop good communication skills over many years of practice; many times that person can more easily secure a job because of that skill. If a person has poor face-to-face communication skills, that person will have a hard time communicating with others, whether at work or out in public. The use of social media can be a great communication tool; users just have to know how to use it. Finally, the author mentioned something about social media friends that caught my attention; in the social media world, you can spend more time talking with people you barely know about everyday little stuff yet not talk at all about personal problems. In that case, what is the real meaning of the word “friend” in the case of those people who use social media as a way to have a ton of friendships? 

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Is Social Media Good or Bad for Society? We Look at the Details

Is Social Media Good or Bad for Society? We Look at the Details | Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other? | Scoop.it
Social media is a relatively new phenomenon that has changed the world. Now we begin to question the impact it has on our lives.
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From the point of view expressed in this article, we see social media making communication more accessible and “close-by” regardless if you are on the other side of the planet or in the room next door. The author also thinks that social media gives us the opportunity to select friends not close in age, nationality, color or race, but close in likes and dislikes; this is a great point from the author’s viewpoints. Social media has given society another way to communicate. For example, several years ago, the best way to communicate was to talk face-to-face, to listen to radio, or to watch TV; now with one click, we can reach friends who live on the other side of the planet. Sometimes, big companies take advantage of your increased accessibility by paying marketing companies to track your preferences and later send you advertisements particular to their companies. Another point that the author mentioned in the article was about privacy, people must have the ability to choose how much of their personal information is shared in social media sites since personal information (ex. financial information) can very easily be stolen. Finally, the author clearly states that face-to-face communication is very important for society; people have to balance time between being plugged in to the online community and being unplugged and more interactive with each other.

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How Much Has Social Media Changed Society?

How Much Has Social Media Changed Society? | Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other? | Scoop.it
The social in social media also implies the tools, places and services that allow people to gather for social interaction. Social media allows individuals to
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The author of this article clearly specifies the benefits social media has had on society. One perfect example is how social media helps people better express ideas and comments or can help them to have greater influences over others. Also, the author described how social media helped people from Iran to be heard around the world even though the Iranian government tried to control what information was being reported. Another example of social media helping people around the world is when earthquakes rocked the country of Haiti; social media allowed those affected by the earthquakes to post comments and pictures about the aftermath. These are a couple of positive examples of how social media can help us express opinions, ideas, comments and the things that bother us in social settings.

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5 Ways Social Media is Changing Our Daily Lives

5 Ways Social Media is Changing Our Daily Lives | Does social media affect our face-to-face communication with each other? | Scoop.it
Soren Gordhamer writes and consults on ways we can more creatively and effectively use the technologies of our age, including social media. He is the author of "Wisdom 2.0" (Har...
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According to this article, social media has changed in many ways. First, as recent as a few years ago, people used to use more newspapers and TV to keep themselves informed. Now, as the author mentioned, people are more often using friends from Facebook as their news source. Second, businesses use Facebook, Twitter and many other types of social media to promote themselves. In the article we find that, social media communication has nearly tripled in the last year, even though these same people still have face-to-face interaction in clubs, at parties or in other types of social events. The author from this article also mentions that it is easier for some people to apologize to others using a social media site. This is true, because some people are afraid of face-to-face confrontations. 

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