Do social media sites affect our relationships in a positive or negative light?
|Scooped by Lucig Palanjian|
Utilize social media with a balance between virtual and personal relationships.
Social media has become a part of our every day life routine and in some cases a line dividing virtual and personal has been crossed and even blurred without one even realizing it. So I ask "how are social networking sites affecting our personal relationships?"
Before I began my research, I had heard previously both the positive and negative impacts social media sites can have on personal relationships. As I began my research, I realized that there are deeper revelations other than strengthen ties with others (positive) or teens using text language in academic work (negative). Who would've thought that Facebook is sited in a lot of divorce papers in the U.S.? I could think of countless reasons for a divorce, and not one of them would include Facebook. I never really took into consideration how a "like" on a picture might make my significant other feel, but after reading two articles that pin pointed the affects of social media on marriage, I began to realize that personal relationships are being impacted heavily due to these sites.
I think the article that really grasped my attention and beliefs about social media sites and its affects on personal relationships was the Forbes article. I now think that social media sites are affecting our personal relationships in a negative way because we are all at a disconnect with one another. We truly don't know how a person is really feeling behind a monitor or cell phone. Nonverbal cues such as body language provide a deeper level of meaning and insight into what a person is telling us. I didn't think too much into it before, but the narrative in the Forbes article made me realize and learn the importance of nonverbal communication.
This topic is important because it affects our every day lives. Whether it is at work, since online communication is on the rise, or at home with our significant others or family members. It is also important because the youth in today's society are the one's who are going to be heavily affected by it in their future. They don't know better, since this is a part of their generation, this is what they are growing up with. I think there needs to be a thick line crossed between technology and personal lives. We should put a much bigger effort into communicating with our loved ones in person as opposed to texting them or emailing them. Sure, it is hard these days to do so due to time and work but a simple "how was your day today?" at family dinner will go such a long way. Even for the youth, parents should be more strict on the amount of time their children spend on the phone or computer. I do believe that social media sites affect our relationships, but in the end WE let them affect our relationships by spending so much time on them and that is why these little and subtle changes will make the biggest difference in our personal relationships.