Social Media and Face-to-Face Interaction

4 Pages 1064 Words November 2014

It has become exceedingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity (Einstein). In todays world, over 96% of its people use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc. Social media plays such a big role in peoples lives that some people couldnt even imagine a world without it. Its a popular form of social interaction used all around the world and although it has the benefit of being the top form of communication, it has its negative impacts too. Social networking is largely uncensored, it entices people to waste time, and it enables cheating on homework assignments, but more specifically, it makes people more prone to social isolation. Because people rely on social media for communication rather than face-to-face interaction, they are not developing the necessary social skills for real life situations.
When youre online you are protected by the screen in front of you and you could be halfway across the world to whoever youre talking to. This enables people to say things that they normally wouldnt say in person, whatever they want, whenever they want. Because people are able to interact across the globe at just the click of a button sharing information as they please, it has allowed cyberbullying to thrive. People who wouldnt normally confront people for fear of reprisal or rejection are free to say whatever they want online, insulting and harassing others with no effect. Unlike in real life situations, people dont worry about responsibility or the aftermath when online. Decades ago, bullies would experience the incident firsthand, dealing with the effects. Now, they are able to bully as much as they want without such concerns. Also, when bullies harass others, they remain anonymous in order to avoid the consequences. Because the victim doesnt know whos bullying them, is causes concerns for the victim such as stress, anxiety, and in some cases, powerlessness.The lack of face-to-face interaction of cyberbullying has ...

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