SOCIAL MEDIA and RELATIONSHIPS
Studies show that a significant number of social networking website users spend more time with their online friends than they do with their offline friends.
ARTICLES | BY ULA NERAK
JULY 11, 2015
One of the biggest complaints against social media is that it shrinks people’s sense of relationship. It fosters the idea that relationships can be developed and ended easily. It creates a false sense of satisfaction and security among people. The effects can be seen in many people – especially young people – today.
One of the biggest advantages of social media is that it offers you instant gratification. You do not have to wait or strive for anything. Need to get in touch with someone? A tweet or a message will do. Need to let people know about your life? A mere status update is all it takes. Need to express your feelings toward someone or something that someone said? An acronym or a smiley face is more than enough!
Sadly, it is also one of the biggest disadvantages of social media. It creates a make-
What it means is that when you want to take your relationship with an online contact to the next level, the first thing you need to do is step out of the social media circle and step into the real world. Many people admit that they interact with people they would not otherwise interact with. Many people feel a voyeuristic pleasure in sharing their personal information with their online contacts. They feel an urge or need to update their status on social networking sites on a regular basis.
In some cases, people think of online relationships as a substitute for real life relationships. They are addicted to social media and have a virtually non-
Based on all these data, it is easy to come to the conclusion that social media is bad news for personal relationships. Surprisingly, it is not so. Social media tools, if used the right way, can help you form and maintain real, long lasting relationships.
Social media is an excellent tool that can help you learn new things, find new people, and form new relationships. At the same time, it is important to understand that it is the starting point, not the focal point of relationships.
At the end of the day, nothing can replace the human factor.
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