The Long Term Effects Of Social Media On Human Communication Essay

953 Words Nov 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Social media is something that the majority of us use on a regular, day to day basis. It allows us to instantly and easily connect with others to share opinions or ideas. The term social media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue (Baruah, 2012). We use it casually and professionally, and it has become an important tool for human interaction and communication. Social media is also a relatively new form of communication, beginning roughly 16 years ago. We have yet to determine the long term effects of social media on human communication, but some have theorized that social media is actually detracting from our ability to communicate effectively outside of digital space. However, social media is not hindering our ability to communicate in real life, but rather it is changing the ways we prefer to communicate with one another.

Those who speak out against social media claim that it’s simply a trend, or that it’s a bastion for cyber pullies and those that would prey on naive children (Drago, 2015) (Edwards & Wang, 2016). Drago (2015) explains that mobile technology, which is very often used for social media, has negatively impacted face to face communication. Murray (2016) describes social media as a business that controls the content you see while showing you advertisements. He feels that social media is indeed a means to communicate, but more so something used for entertainment like a television. He…

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