The use of social media has become a part of our daily lives and being tossed around over a decade. It is similar to conventional media such as newspaper, radio and TV but it is far more than making friends and sharing information. Social media has made our lives better; however, it has some negative effects on our social lives as well. This blog will analyze the negative outcomes of social networking on society, some with long-term consequences.
With the evolution of social media, we have found a modern way of interacting and developing relationships with other people. This type of relationship is called as casual or electronic relationship.
Now, you can have a countless amount of friends by just having your account on Facebook and Twitter. The meaning of friends was before very simple. If you knew someone, keep in touch with them regularly, trust them and liked their company then they were real friends. While people who fall under this category are still your friends, so are the people you have linked with on social media sites. No matter you chat with them, know their social status or like their company whatsoever, they’re still added to the friend’s list.
Social networks allow its users to output whatever they want on their profiles. Everyone wants to show their best side as opposed to their originality, exposing their strengths and hiding their weakness. You might be impressed by someone but that person could only be showing what you would prefer and not his/her true personality. Social networks are making it difficult for us to differentiate between the genuine relationship we foster in the real world and the so called electronic relationship formed through social media.
Social media has made us to keep in touch with acquaintances we aren’t close with, instead of connecting with the individuals we are really concerned with.
While many companies use social media sites to interact with their customer base, the sites also have equal number of demerits. The employees may get more engaged in what their friends are posting than in their assigned tasks. According to the Nucleus Research, Facebook brings down 1.5% in office productivity.
While many users feel confident about the security of their data on social networking sites, research suggests this is not always true. There was a case where researchers from Northeastern University and Max Planck Institute designed an algorithm to extract a user’s personal attributes by studying the one thing that most users leave public even when all other things are place. For example a person could allow friend list as public. The researchers were successful at extracting many personal details such as their qualification, University from where they graduated, their native place and so on. All this was possible merely from friend lists.
Negative Effects on Communication Skills
Before the rise of social media, people communicated with each other face to face. But in recent years, social media has changed the way we communicate. Email, chat and social networking have been the modern communication tools which have a negative impact on the society.
For instance, look at how you communicate through Twitter. Twitter is a leading social network with more than 700 million users. On Twitter users can post text messages limited to 140 characters. This limitation forces you to get your message around 140 characters as opposed to conventional conversation. The limitation also makes you to use abbreviations in your message. This means all 700 million users across the globe are sticking to the practice of using abbreviated words in their everyday life.
This can have a bad impact on our communication skills. For example if you have to deliver a speech at a conference, will you be capable of delivering your message in more than 140 characters? Also, when you want to draft a legal document, will you be capable of doing it perfectly without abbreviating words or making errors?
Negative health Consequences
Studies have shown that people who daily spend more than three hours on social networks and send more than 100 text messages every day are likely to develop unhealthy habits in their adolescence such as drinking, smoking and sexual activity. Sometimes hyper-networking also leads to depression, sleep disorders, suicide and poor academic performance.
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