Social Media Fads

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According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, loneliness is being sad from being apart from people or being without company. In modern days people seem to think they are never alone. This is due to social media. People have a way to interact with others no matter where they are. Social media, however, is creating a tear in face to face interactions with others, and is causing people to feel lonely. Many see technology as a useful tool, but social media leads to online confrontations, makes others feel terrible about their lives, and creates thoughts that friends are simply “fads.” Social media has become another place for confrontation and cruelty to take place. Many people see social media websites as a place to say awful words to others …show more content…
A fad is a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal (Merriam Webster). Social media creates a sense that friends are someone that you can talk to and chat with on media sites, but then just unfollow them when you don’t want to talk anymore. People tend to quickly discard their friends on social media. Social media is also a way to meet new people and find new friends, but a lot of times people are not who they say they are. According to John Carroll University, approximately one to four stalking victims reported cyber- stalking. People are able to create false profiles and pretend to be someone they aren’t. People can’t trust others on social media that they don’t know. According to Sherry Turkle, people are “drawn to connections that seem low risk and always at hand” (Kat Ascharya, “What Facebook is doing to your brain is kind of shocking”). This causes people to have emotional laziness and neglect. They begin to not expect much from friends. Social media takes away the personal interactions with people, and leads to many lonely …show more content…
Many people say online dating is very useful, and many online sites say they are the best match makers. Online dating, however, takes away the opportunities to first begin a relationship in person. Removing these first moments of meeting “creates more loneliness by robbing us of the opportunity to create a bond” (Kat Ascharya, “What Facebook is doing to your brain is kind of shocking”). Many online relationships fail and don’t last. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, in their article, “Online dating statistics,” the total number of United States citizens who have tried online dating is 49,250,000 people. Statistic Brain Research Institute goes on to say that the percent of marriages in the last year starting from online dating was 17%. Also, the average length of courtship for marriages that met online is 18.5 months, and the average length of courtship for marriages that met offline is 42 months (Statistic Brain Research Institute, “Online dating statistics”). If so many people participate in online dating the percent of marriages should be up. Social media draws to an emotional laziness because face to face moments are taken away and people tend to connect to things that seem low at risk and always at hand. Many see social media as helpful, but technology has more issues than

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