`` All The Lonely Facebook Friends `` By Jonathan Safran Foer

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In today’s society social media has become a big influence on people’s lives. A quote by Jonathan Safran Foer reads, “Each step forward in social media has made it easier, just a little, to avoid the emotional work of being present, to convey information rather than humanity.” I believe this quote means that the further social technology advances, the more people check out of reality and into the internet world. Even though most people believe that social media is helping individuals social capabilities, I believe it is actually making people anti-social.
In an article by Alex Greig called, “All the Lonely Facebook Friends,” he discusses the effects that increased usage on social networks brings about. He talks about a new study from the University of Michigan psychologist, Ethan Kross, and explains how social media contributes to anti-social behavior. The increasing amount of time that someone uses to stay dialed into social networks, decreases the time they actually use for face-to-face socialization (Greig 1). This goes to show that technology and social media is not having a positive effect on the ways people connect with one another. Because people tend to go to social media first about what they 're thinking, how their day is going and their wants and needs, it makes it harder to actually hold a conversation with someone in person because they 've already seen everything online. The internet takes away opportunities to engage in actual real world conversations.…

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