Summary Of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance

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In the essay, Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideology of self-identity is impractical today because the media has hindered society from developing our real identities. The use of social media is ruining this generation’s real-life social skills. According to Social Media Today, an online community for professionals, “the number of time people spend on social media is constantly increasing. Teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, while 30% of all time spent online is now allocated to social media interaction.” Texting or online communications does not allow people to express themselves for who they truly are. There is a loss of social and personal development communicating through social media. For instance, people online are unable to use body language, tone, voice and facial expressions through a text. An article in The Telegraph pointed out that “One in four people spend more time socializing online, using sites such as Facebook, than they do in person, according to research.” The study also found that even when there is an opportunity to see people face-to-face, on weekends, for example, up to 11% of adults still prefer to stay at home and communicate with their devices instead. (USA Today). The problem with socializing online is that affects a person’s ability to communicate properly in face-to-face interactions. The person will feel a sense of social anxiety and not project their voice loud enough for their audience to hear them. For

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