Social Networking and Its Affects on Interpersonal Communication

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Social Networking:
Has it Taken the Place of Interpersonal Communication?

Kywra Carter
Nikki Sulcer

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past five years, welcome to the world of social networking. According to ComScore, over one billion people use social networking sites across the globe. That means that everyone who’s anyone has a page or account with twitter, myspace, facebook, skype or any of the other hundred emerging sites. People have discovered a better way to communicate with other people all over the world, far surpassing snail mail and e-mail. Why send a letter to your cousin living in France or pay outrageous money for a phone call to your brother stationed in the Middle
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Whatever happened to love at first sight or meeting in some random place and time and sparking a connection? Is it a lack of being able to find that special person or a need to control every aspect of a potential union that drives us to use these sites? Are we so lazy and dependent on technology doing everything for us that we would leave something like love up to a computer to analyze and calculate and hopefully match us up with our soul mates? Maybe, maybe not, although one thing is apparent, as long as we have the resources to improve on things like finding someone to love the demand for such sites will remain elevated.
When you start school as a young child one of the first things you learn is how to write. This is a skill that is pertinent throughout and in every aspect of your life. If you wanted to communicate with loved ones or distant friends before the age of the telephone and even then, you would write a letter, send it off, and wait for a response. In today’s society however, everything is on the go and fast-paced. The USPS processed and shipped over 177 billion pieces of mail in 2009 (USPS Para. 2) but apparently no one has time to sit around and write long letters or more importantly wait for those
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