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The Impact Of Social Media On Society

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The rapid growth and innovation of technology has had a lasting effect on the people of this generation. Tasks are done faster; life is more efficient. But the same efficiency that has made our quality of life better, has a hand in decreasing the quality of relationships around us. Sherry Turkle and Zeynep Tufekci both believe social media has done well to our society, but disagree on whether or not it is making human relationships grow apart. Social media is a double-edged sword; it brings people together that are physically apart by five hours, or even 30 minutes, but it also has negative effects on the quality of the relationships we have with these people. There seems to be several obstacles that want to get in the way of human relationships. Distance was the first- people travelling away from their homes to establish themselves in a new place. When at this new place, work came next. It effectively kept a person away from their immediate family all day long. Now, it is arguable that social media is what keeps us apart when we are finally together with family and friends. Distance and work keeps us apart in a physical sense, whereas social media is more on an emotional level. On the flip side, social media helps people to connect with family or make completely new friends that would have been otherwise impossible. These new communities can enhance a person’s network and satisfy their social needs. The differing viewpoints have similarities, and can be
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