Media Hurt Relationships

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Social Media Can Hurt Relationships Nearly all communications are now done through some form of social media. Today around “seven-in-ten Americans use social media” to connect with their friends or to entertain themselves. In 2005 when the Pew Research Center began to track social media use, just “5% of American adults used at least one of these platforms” and by 2011 half of all Americans began to use social media (Pew Research Center). Today “69% of the public uses some type of social media” (Pew Research Center). Social media can negatively hurt relationships because of miscommunication and words are exchanged that normally would not be exchanged in person.
Relationships are put on the line due to social media. The Pew Research Center says that overall reports have shown that “young adults are more likely to report tension in their relationships over technology use” while just “one in ten online adults 65 and older say the same” (Lenhart & Duggan). A girl will not have a good first impression if a guy is on his phone the whole time while on their first date or vice versa. Family relationships and trust will have a hard time growing if a parent communicates with their child or a child lets their parent know something through social media. Words are exchanged that normally would not be exchanged in person. Since social media is at our fingertips, it is easy to “write impulsively and based on emotions which may be temporary” (Siegel). Soon, what was once our personal life

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