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Pros and Cons of Cyber Socializing and Social Networking Relationships
How many friends do you have on your socail networking sites combined?
Pros and Cons of Social Media
Social Media Pros and Cons
When was the last time you Twittered someone? Four hours spent on Myspace checking in with friends and seeing who's been doing what with who in the last few days can go by in an instant, it seems. Most of us go to our computers to connect with friends instead of using our phones. How else can a person have 541 friends at one time, in one place? Cyberspace relationships are the norm for many students. Skeptics of this cyber reality say it is degrading our abilities to relate with society on an interpersonal level. There are of course, two sides to every story. Most of us use the Web for anything under the sun. If we want to see a movie, find a place to eat or get in touch with a friend, we go to the Web before we call on the phone.
The convenience of the Web is amazing. This is where the critics start yelling. These critics feel that the constant use of cyberspace as a way to communicate with each other loses some important factors of the social atmosphere. Social interaction includes hearing, sight, touch, smell, taste, and body language. When we talk to someone, we get many messages from them just by their tone of voice, body language and facial expressions. These actions give us almost as much information as the words we hear. A tender expression, the sound of concern in a voice, and eye contact cannot possibly be experienced over the internet As with anything we do, without regular practice, the act can become unfamiliar and uncomfortable. There is a possibility that much can be lost when we communicate via the internet. But is it really lost? Most Web users don’t agree.
When you communicate over the internet, it enables you to talk to many friends at one time. If there is a big party happening this Friday you can get on your Myspace page and send the message out to your friends. It is sometimes easier to communicate over the internet and typing out what we want to say gives us a chance to think it out first (in most cases). It leaves us with a record of our communication that we can look back on and keep. This cannot be done in a face to face conversation.
Words are easily lost along with their meaning when we are speaking. So who’s to say our communication suffers when done through the Web? There is no shortage of communication between friends on social networking sites. Many times a day, people constantly check their cyber networks to connect with friends online. We play games, share pictures, talk about our feelings, and share our lives with many at a time. Networking sites are windows into our lives, so to speak.
Let’s not forget to continue maintaining personal relationships with people we see in person. For example, a person can go too far in their cyber reality practices, my teenage daughter, is into texting, and social networking, and texts me goodnight, every night. My son, who has a cell phone with free minutes, rarely calls first and prefers texting instead of phone conversations now. Couldn’t many things be said in a lot less time, if we just made a quick phone call? We should maintain a healthy balance of cyber and true one on one communication, whether it is by phone or in person This balance is important to keep our personal relationships healthy and well-rounded. With out face to face social contact, our relationships will lose an important aspect of our social communication.
Recent world crisis' were tracked better on Facebook and Twitter than on formal news media, providing information with up to the minute reports from devastated areas. Having the opportunity to receive valid information directly from a common person, in the midst of newsworthy events, is an asset for society to enjoy. We don’t have to wait for reports to be aired, and we are spared any slant on the news of the event due to media affiliations and so on. The benefits of social media far outweigh the negatives when you take into consideration information from both sides.
We should continue to use Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter to stay in touch with our friends and family. Never before have we had such an opportunity to socialize with so many at a moment's notice. The internet has made the world a 'Global Village' in which everyone belongs.