HOW SOCIAL IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

Human communication is considerably changing due to social media, which creates anti-socialism societies at its best

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Individuals glued to their mobile phones engaging on social networks escaping real life settings. BY Anti-social cartoons and comics.

The most awkward incident that has happened to me recently was when I was in room full of people whom I greeted and all I heard was silence and saw bended heads unable to unplug from their hand held-devices and who, facially denoted a sense of busyness and an ego saying, “I am speaking to someone important”.  Oh well, what happened to being social in real life settings? n the past few week I have been involved in interactions that raised questions for me, about whether social media is indeed social and if so, to what extent. The former is an emphatic “No”. The latter comes with a lot of contradictions.

Social media has become an alternative platform where users resort to it to escape from reality

Social media has changed how we communicate with others interpersonally. Social media has become an alternative platform where users resort to it to escape from reality. Yet, interaction amongst individuals is viewed as a responsive way of communication. This is done or rather has been done in numerous ways from the past to date. There has been means of telefaxes, telephones, writing letters to mention a few.

These types of communication were for reasons of eradicating distance. Not like social media plays no pivotal role when it comes to bridging distance. By far, it has. But, in so many ways, it has created distance yet again.

There seems to be more isolation amongst human in terms of restricting being personal

The second interaction was when I got home and realised that not having a phone was a social torcher or rather, a cause inflicting serve pain. But a blessing more than it could be a curse because everyone had social media devotions like any other day and sadly, it seemed as though people are inclined to talking once in a blue moon when there are “free”. We barely chat and laugh about issues we see around us. Instead we are likely to share our jokes with the unknown or those online.

Year’s back, before the demise of socialisation, a form of humans talking to one another was often perceived to be more effective. This as a result could enhance relationships with each other in families, friendships including within a society.

Face to face interaction was more comprehensive in the different personalities humans have. With the extensive need for growth, innovation for development led to more advanced creations. Now the times of writing letters evolved to instant texting.

Through the rise of the now smart phones, communication has turned into social media: subject to making our lives far better compared to what we view as Stone Age, influencing a so called “social” using social media. Contrary to the good side of information technology with the creation smart phones, one can help but wonder whether social media has moved to a traditional way of communication.

For example, there seems to be more isolation amongst human in terms of restricting being personal. Besides the personal, we have valued phones more than those around and the language we rely on to form mutual understanding. People focus more on gluing their eyes on gadgets they hold, rather than walking or sharing laughter.

My third interchange is that this social media in a growing unfriendly detrimental to social order with which society is constituted also opens doors to individuals been open themselves to strangers, hence creating behavioural patterns for example, young people or strangers being to exploitation into or by paedophiles.

In known incidents, teenagers have disrespected their parents and caregivers, runaway from their homes to meet these strangers which unfortunately turns resulted in catastrophic events. Lacking conversation with close members of the family could make one vulnerable to expressing themselves in social media in the way to try finding comfort to those not unknown. Instead of social media being an advantage to all, it has invaded personal spaces, people’s relationships causing a lack in transparency.

People focus more on gluing their eyes on gadgets they hold, rather than walking or sharing laughter

I am not encouraging a “no social media” protest. That is without disputing that the perks are endless. And, on the other hand, so are its contradictions. Many of these contradictions include users being victims of cyber bullying, stalking and being finding expression through daily posts. Lets be communication wise and friendly.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “HOW SOCIAL IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

  1. “In known incidents, teenagers have disrespected their parents and caregivers, runaway from their homes to meet these strangers which unfortunately turns resulted in catastrophic events.” – Please, no Stranger Danger. The reason we’re so antisocial and that we run away to social media is because we’ve been drilled that every person is a pedo, rapist or a murderer. There is actually no evidence for this. Parents and the education system are far more dangerous to kids than strangers. Why do you think suicide is fairly common among young people?

    But in general, I do wish we could stop being glued to it. I don’t get how people can come to a social gathering and be on their phone. Be with the people! Interact! Share stories! Then again, I don’t expect kids raised on “Your value is according to this test” to behave any differently.

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