Social Medi Friend Or Foe? Essay

1352 Words Apr 24th, 2016 null Page
Social Media: Friend or Foe? Social media is all the rage these days. People of all ages flock to some sort of virtual friendship account to feel connected. We can connect with people around the world in the blink of an eye. Seems like a good thing right? Does it harm us in any way? William Deresiewicz, an English professor at Yale University states in his essay, “In retrospect, it seems inevitable that once we decided to become friends with everyone, we would forget how to be friends with anyone.” It seems he is onto something. Social media does allow you to keep in contact with long distance relatives and such, but is it taking away and replacing core human interactions with robot-like ones? Deresiewicz argues in his essay that social media is taking away from face to face interaction, and is taking away our ability to know how to be a friend. We are losing out on essential experiences with others, because we allow shallow virtual friendships to be enough for us. He explains that social media is teaching us to not think of a certain an individual, but of everyone at the same time. By doing this, people are not being their true self. Therefore, you have a false sense of intimacy with this person. People only post what they want you to see, you never see the real person over social networking. He also explains that we want the validation of being acknowledged on social media, to prove we…

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