Social media lets us engage with others and share different types of information and be up-to-date on the latest news and the latest trends. However, even though this is the most common way of communication for a majority of people recent studies have shown that the overuse of social media has altered the way we communicate on a daily basis and even the way we interact face to face.
The social media networks we have today such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat have now grown billions of users. Even in today’s society it essential or mostly expected that we use one of them or even all of these social media networks as a communication source.
The growing use social networking sites has had somewhat of a positive and negative effect on communication in today’s relationships. The main purpose of this essay is to answer if social networking sites are making are relationships corrupt or actually helping them to progress.
The further networking sites start to advance there are some aspects of communication that can begin to downfall. For instance, the social penetration theory, that describes a person as an onion with multiple layers of different information that has been compressed. The exterior layer contains the sort of information that we would obtain when we first get aquatinted with that person, for example, their name, age, preferences and where they are from.
As the relationship between people begin to progress people may talk about more personal things such as family circumstances, political views and religion. However, because of social networking sites, the purpose of progressing through these onion layers become unreal in today’s society.
When a person uses a site such as Facebook and you are Facebook friends with that person it is easier to know a lot about them such as what activities they like to do, if they like to travel a lot, who they dated, what they did last night and when their birthday is. This is because people have the idea of social acceptance because once you have accepted that friend request your life generally becomes public rather than private to the real friends you have.