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The Negative Impact of Social Media Facebook and Twitter on Your Relationships

Updated on July 13, 2016

Depression as an unwanted Side Effect of Social Media

Use of social media has increased depression amoungst the young and the teenages
Use of social media has increased depression amoungst the young and the teenages

The Impact of Facebook on Relationships

The continual social dominance of Facebook as the number one interactive social networking tool continues with increasing strength. Indeed it’s hard to imagine how social interaction or relationships occurred before the impact of Facebook. This has led to many signs of Facebook depression. Relationships have had to adapt to the availability of a larger social framework in which to place status, desires, romances, previous encounters, and interactivity. As we speed through the 21st century it’s fair to say our socialising skills within relationships, particular within Facebook, have become virtual, rather than physical. The ability for all social relationships to remain visible through the eyes of other people creates a permanent credence to the virtual reality of Facebook. Before the advent of Facebook, a relationship remained defined by a physical connection, or social event. With the introduction of Facebook a virtual prominence of relationships becomes the social norm. This virtual indicator of status remains available for all to see. Part of Facebooks appeal exists with posting about any event they feel remains relevant to their own sense of relational identity.

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Social Media and Stalking - Changes in the Law

As new laws begin to recognise, while increasing the punishment of cyber-stalking, it’s a fair reflection that the prominence of this crime exists in direct relationship to the virtual nature of human social interaction with relationships through Facebook. Cyber-stalking itself, exists as a direct consequence of the impact of relationship change from a physical sphere to the internet based arena. The discovered connection between serial killers with the advent of Victorian beliefs concerning sexuality and its suppression highlights how a social change can create a new social criminality. The instance of new Facebook technology creating a change in a new form of recognised criminality indicates the less desired consequence of technological progression.

Facebook furthermore allows for the exhibition of certain personal elements including relationship statuses into the public sphere. It also allows for the reconnection of lost friendships while also including potentially lost lovers. In the naturally occurring world, this physical process exists as a part of normality, a growing apart through natural geographical relocation or settling down. Facebook however allows these relationships to form as a re-born event even enabling past emotions to seep into a romantic vision of a past relationship. This impact constantly redefines human interaction especially when connected with mobile technology, which removes the need for a static platform such as a desktop or notebook. Updating Facebook via mobile android technology continues to redefine human interaction with the social networking site.

The Negative Effects of Social Media

Changes in Social Statuses Updates Using Facebook as an Example

The changes in relationships Facebook offers may not necessarily remain a good social interaction. The rise in cyber-stalking, predatory sexual nature of paedophiles, and sex attackers, mark Facebook as a new hunting ground for such criminality. The rediscovery of past relationships will add additional strain to marriages, families, and traditionally formed relationships. Facebook will continue as a part of human interaction, in a virtual sense, for many years to come. Its impact of relationships will become apparent as society becomes ever more secular while remaining isolated in a physical sense.

Sometimes It's Better Not To Share!

Keeping your privacy drastically reduces the impact of Social Media on our lives and relationships
Keeping your privacy drastically reduces the impact of Social Media on our lives and relationships

Things you shouldn't Share on Social Media Websites

As social media websites continue to rise in terms of popularity understanding what information can cause problems if unwittingly shared to total strangers remains of prime importance. Learning what assets of information not to share helps protect a person from potential fraud as well as ensuring their personal safety. Social media often seems highly personal, yet in reality it’s actually a public platform with information visible to many people simultaneously.

  • Mobile telephone numbers

You should avoid sharing this highly personal number for two main reasons. Firstly the obvious risk of strangers being able to call you at infrequent or inopportune times. Secondly, many people use their telephone sequence as a password or part of a password. Giving out your mobile number leaves your other Internet based accounts at risk of becoming hi-jacked.

  • Personal relationship updates

Sharing information that indicates your relationship’s facing problems remains a insensible option. This type of information remains highly personal for the attention of close friends, not a huge database of friends, acquaintances, work colleagues and employers.

  • Your address details

Learning not to share your personal home address offers you greater peace of mind. There’s no value in allowing people to understand where you live, particularly if you have an extensive network of friends on a popular social media website. It increases the risk of theft from your property as well as unwanted attention.

  • Where you are?

Location updates can prove a significant risk especially if people have access to your home location. Going on holiday remains an exciting time, but combined with the location of your home address could lead to potential burglaries on your property.

  • Financial information

Bank details, credit card numbers, personal identity numbers belong in private hands not in a public sphere. Protecting your financial assets helps ensure your information doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

  • Personal parties or events

If you’re holding a party at your house posting the information on a social media platform creates two problems. Firstly you may well have “gatecrashers” deciding there’ll turn up with their friends, and secondly giving out address details compromises your personal belongings if you choose to go on holiday at a later point.

  • Private family photos

Posting content about your family particularly images or video of your children remains unwise as this information can easily be passed from one user to another. Safeguarding your personal life and those of your children means understanding the difference between personal-sphere and public-sphere.

Protecting your reputation, personal details, banking information and your property relies on not sharing personal details. Social media remains an exciting platform to network on, however bearing in mind essential safety aspects can help shield you from potential harm. Always maintain a high level of privacy even within your network. Keeping you and your family safe takes priority over increasing you apparent social media influence. If you feel uncomfortable sharing the information then you need to reconsider its value in the eyes of other social media users.

The Impact of Social Networking

Tweeting is now a new social phenomena

How Twitter has changed the world!
How Twitter has changed the world! | Source

The Impact of Twitter in Society Today

Twitter has moved in remarkable upward motions since its birth on the web in March 2006. The sheer amount of web traffic generated by the micro-blogging platform remains phenomenal indicating an unrivalled market success. With 160 Million registered users and over 50 million tweets a day, Twitter remains a strong social media platform. The continued dynamism of Twitter allows many changes to the way the world is viewed, both in terms of user interactivity, as well as access and dissemination of information. As Twitter focuses on a live stream of short messages of 140 characters and user content an easily become changed or updated accordingly.

The brief 140 character mini-blogs or tweets force the user to focus on very detailed accurate information. Unlike a static HTML or CSS website there’s no need for applying changed information updates. Twitter remains a truly interactive world media experience and the tweet has changed the world forever.

  • Journalism through Twitter

In this information rich age and with the addition of third party applications Journalism has absorbed instant tweets as a viable source of information gathering. Mobile phone technology and the Twitter apps allow tweets to get sent directly from a location of interest instantaneously. This results in a faster spread of information across the globe than conventional television reporting.

  • Real time social media

The concept of a real time social media becomes fully realised through Twitter. Constant tweets update conversation as well as information to the user’s database of followers. These continual updates acts like a multiple chat room format, however the 140 character limit, and the ability to tweet multiple followers at the same time, indicates a difference from the normal chat room media platform.

  • Social protests and live Twitter updates

Perhaps one of the greatest liberators of this social media technology remains the ability of twitterers to update social protests live as they happen. This creates a world-wide ripple effect that helps promote dynamic interactivity of social change. Being able to tweet at the scene of a protest allows users to avoid the state controlled media apparatus giving the world a true view of the remonstrations as they occur.

  • Celebrity use and the value of democracy

The use of Twitter by celebrities creates a fan-centred social media platform. Stars tweets as communications transform into extremely personal appeals to the fans in question. What better way to start a day than to receive a tweet from your number one celebrity? As a star tweets enter into the public sphere, Twitter begins to transcend TV, newspapers, and websites entering the very social sphere of the twitterer. With numerous followers a celebrity tweet becomes highly personalised, as well as apparently unique to the individual. Celebrity tweets get displayed next to tweets form old school friends and other twitterers from around the world. Each tweet holds the same value in terms of presentation. In this sense the celebrity becomes equal to all those other twitterers.

  • Marketing and public relations

Twitter’s use within the marketing and PR spheres indicates its role has changed from pure social tool to a business essential. As businesses begin to realise how company presence and branding can also act within a social media sphere so they look to gain large databases of followers. These simple tweets then allow the latest product launches to hit direct dedicated consumers almost instantaneously. In addition to gaining access to many new brand-loyal twitterers makes Twitter the preferred marketing media tool for direct advertising.

As Twitter gains greater success the full impact of this revolutionary socialising tool remains apparent. Not only has the world become smaller in terms of information exchanges, it has also become more streamlined through the 140 character limit. The condensing of information into poignant tweets has helped Twitter exceed the static Website and Blog equivalents. As the world continues to constantly change its excellent to know Twitter has always continued to play its part.

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