Social Media → Less Social ?
The Internet is one of the fastest and most convenient ways for people to communicate with other people around the world. People can do whatever they want to do on there, and they can even do things they cannot complete in real life.
There are numerous romantic, happy, tragic, and surprising stories that happen on the Internet. In fact, there is a story of two sister that show how social media is bringing people together in ways previously not possible. On February 21, 2013, Samantha, an American actor living in Los Angeles, received a message via Facebook that would drastically change her life. It was from Anaïs, a French Fashion design student living in London. Anaïs’ friends viewed a KevJumba YouTube video featuring Samantha. They were immediately blown away by the identical appearance of Samantha & Anaïs. After a few light Google stalking sessions, Anaïs & her friends discovered that both girls were born on November 19, 1987 & adopted shortly after. Anaïs knew immediately that it was possible for Samantha to be her biological twin sister & reached out to her through Twitter & Facebook. (TWINSTERS) That was without warning for both of them, and they are now looking for donors to provide them with the opportunity to make the film of their story. The sharing feature available on the social networks. It make people’s opinion about any topic reach huge number of people. Therefore, social networking sites are splendid inventions, and those places are good for people to make friends and express their feelings in online world.
Initially, Social media has been around for a long time.
“In 1969, CompuServe was the first major commercial Internet service provider for the public in the United States.” (The Brief History of Social Media)
Two years after, the first email was delivered. In 1998, Google began and soon became the number one search engine in the world. And then social media came with the likes “of well-known sites like mushrooms such as Wikipedia, BBS, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and others.” (Digital Trends) Facebook, in particular, made a series of smart moves and brought many innovative features. It set the platform apart from the rest of the social media pack. Before Facebook came along, there was little concern for the number of hours people were spending on the Internet. The other key to success was Facebook’s ‘like’ button. It can let more people to know about what others like to see or to be conversetion with. This funtion was really helpful for people who is hard to start a conversetion. Thus, there are more people even more likely to dependent those social media on Internet. After 2007, people started to care about those user who spent too much time on the Internet.
Subsequently, creating a comfortable entertain atmosphere, helping people improve their social skill, and providing interesting information for users to learn and expand knowledge, which are most important things people have to know about on Internet.
“Social networks have become a crucial part of many of us. We don’t even notice this but as soon as we open our desktops or laptops to access the web, we subconsciously open our favorite networking just to see about the updates received.” (Social Media — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?)
Next, another advantage of social networking sites are helping people to practice and improve their social skills. Thus, just like talking in the phone, socialization on the Internet give people chances to think about their conversation and have more time to think how to response. Moreover, Social networking sites allow people to create a personal profile in order to keep in touch with old friends, make new friends and even to look for a date online. “With social networks we are able to communicate our thoughts and perceptions over different topics with a large number of audiences, and raise our voice. The sharing feature available on the social networks makes your opinion about any topic reach huge number of people (even to those who are not on your friends list).” (Social Media — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing) Therefore social networking sites are good places for people to make friends and express their feelings with the with online world.
Furthermore, Some people feel that social media breeds anti-social behaviour. Social media, which has the name it does for a reason, makes it harder to avoid people than ever before. It is a place where people interact freely, sharing and discussing information about their lives and connect in ways never seen before. For example,
“Two Bosnian sisters, 88-year-old Tanija Delic and 82-year-old Hedija Talic, who had been separated in 1941 at the start of World War II. 72 years later, her son found his cousin through Facebook, and the two sisters were finally reunited.” (7 Amazing Instances of Social Media Helping Us Connect Offline.)
Facebook has made the world smaller. Whether you’re chatting with old college friends abroad, or messaging your roommate from down the hall, Facebook has solidified itself as an important tool for staying in touch with those you love, as well as those you met briefly. This is how amazing social media is. Wherever you are, you can always feel people by your side. The label “anti-social” is just a way for some people who do not want to go out, or for people who do not use the technology to continue to put it down.
In short, social media was created to convenience the creation of new relationships and maintenance of friendship. We are able to communicate our thoughts and perceptions over different topics with larger number of aduiences, and raise our voice. It has improved global to local communication at speeds attainable in the past. Since communication was the backbone of social interaction, and it is ludicrous to say social media is making people less social. Social media has caused us to be more sociable, and it has enhanced our relationships with people. Lastly, it is not social media that has made us less social it is people who have created distance and barriers.
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