How does social networking influence interpersonal behavior?
This weekend really opened my eyes to just how much social networking can affect relationships and interpersonal behavior. As a group we were forced to turn in our phones and not interact with technology whatsoever. Turns out this was a blessing in disguise. Without my phone I was able to talk to people openly, really pay attention to what people had to say, and open up my mind to communication without using a computer.
Facebook has turned into such a social norm that it changes people’s perspectives on communication. My generation has difficulty opening up in person or even talking to someone face to face because Facebook and technology have crippled our social skills. Social networking lessens the need for in person interactions and this weekend proved to me how detrimental it is that people step outside of their social media bubbles and see the world through clearer eyes.
Social media has become somewhat of a necessity through this modern age but it doesn’t have to completely control your life. I have realized that I have used social media as a crutch for too long. When I am bored or awkwardly waiting in the hall for class to start, I pull out my phone so I don’t look stupid. We use social networking as a mask. In our factual video we asked people if Facebook accurately portrayed who they are. In my opinion, a website cannot define you as a person or nail you down as a certain type of individual. Your Facebook page should not be a diary for the whole world to know your deepest secrets. You should keep a little bit of yourself private.
This weekend was extremely eye opening and life changing for me. I learned that people I never met or really interacted with can become my friends without the shield of social media. You shouldn’t always count on Facebook or other websites to reveal everything about someone. I was pleasantly surprised by the trip and wish I could explain the feelings I had to others.
Overall, I think social media can be used for good but often times it skews people’s opinions of others and takes us away from having meaningful interactions that are necessary in every day life.
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Ojuko, A. (Videographer) (2011). Destructive effects of facebook [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwqt1vi8JEI