The Effects Of Social Media On Society

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The Effects of Social Media Social media is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as “Forms of online communication, through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content” (Merriam Webster). Social media, if used responsibly, is a great way for users to connect with the outside world in ways never before imagined. Such forms of communication have been able to connect millions of people from around the world and put them right at a user’s fingertips. This technology has nudged its way into the computers, smart phones, and hearts of millions of people around the world over the past decade, but at what cost? Although a great way for friends and relatives to reconnect, social media …show more content…

Also, social networking sites take advantage of their ability to monitor users, so they tweak algorithms on pages to see the user responses and then store the data to use for new ways to keep users online. Social Networking and Relationships Social networking sites contain a branch of other networking sites, simply called dating sites, which are used for finding one’s soul-mate or future significant other. These sites are designed to connect people of opposite sexual representation with the person he or she is interested in. Sites like these are good at matching users with their desired counterparts. Aside from these sites, regular social networking sites, initially designated for everyone, have been found to perform the exact opposite from dating sites and put strain on already formed relationships. The article entitled “Reading romance: the impact Facebook rituals can have on a romantic relationship”, published by the Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Society, it is stated, “The design and features of Facebook can have an emotional impact on its users and the format of online presentation can intensify feelings of possession and jealousy in an intimate relationship” (Bowe 73). This research suggests that users in relationships which include the use of social media by one or both of the partners could cause conflict and feelings of jealousy or mistrust. Not only does a social medium such as social media affect the emotional side of a

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