Social Distance Essay

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Almost every person has left a digital footprint on the internet, most being on social media sites. According to Merriam-Webster, social media is “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” Internet started with the first dial up internet system in 1978. The first social media website was founded in 1997, sixdegrees.com with over one million users (Bennett). Today, there are over 200 well known and used websites for communication and connection to others (“How many…”). These social sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. With the amount of accessibility to information and people, the connections can cause negative and long-last …show more content…
In an article written by Michael Formica, he discusses “social distance” and the impact it has on people of this generation. The social distance is something that is caused by a false sense in intimacy and relationship with someone you have not seen or physically talked to in years. They have posted an event or action on these social media sites, and now the reader feels involved in their life. “But now you ‘know’ about her day and that somehow fosters a sense of connection - for both of you. (Formica)” With this being the case, people are less likely to interact and talk to each other about their day if the event was posted for everyone to …show more content…
According to the research Ayas conducted, there are many people who are suffering from loneliness, depression, and lower self-esteem due to the internet, most caused by cyberbullying. There is more access to ever individual through the internet today. The statistics of the amount of teens and young adults who have thought about ending their like due to cyberbullying is around 8 percent (Cyberbullying statistics). According to another cyberbullying survey, “One million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook during the past year.” Several news stations report on cyberbullying, but the Collier County states that there are serious criminal consequences if caught for cyberbullying

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