The Effects of Social Media in Communication

Jul 24, 2013

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There has been the debate of whether social media usage has taken over how we communicate with others and if it has degraded our interpersonal communication skills such as face-to-face communication between friends and loved ones.

I recently read a blog article from Forbes about whether social media is ruining real communication in our world today. I found some intriguing facts that clarified the negative perception of this debated topic.

The definition of communication, according to Merriam-Webster, are defined as the following:

1) an act or instance of transmitting 2) information transmitted or conveyed and 3) process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior; exchange of information.

Unfortunately, communication has evolved in society affecting the way we communicate with others due to the rise of social media communication. Implied meaning and the art of connecting with someone in person has been disfigured in the younger generations of our days.

There are some scenarios where social media communication may hinder a person’s life and/or with others:

• Checking your phone constantly on a date with the opposite sex

• Constantly looking up for updated scores, alerts or notifications in a meeting or in class

• Being glued to your phone during dinner or hanging out with friends

• Conveying important information via social media such as Twitter or Facebook instead of calling them

• Posting inappropriate things on personal accounts that can cause personal image damage

• Criticizing a company or individual on a sensitive subject

• Spamming people’s social media accounts

• Plagiarizing someone’s work

Does social media have an effect on the way we communicate with others? If so, what are some potential consequences that it may have on the future?

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