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  • Mithusha

    October 20, 2021 at 9:38 PM

    Most people claim that social media is threatening the conventional person-to-person interaction and that human communication may become extinct, in contrast, certain groups oppose and affirm that using it is advantageous. In this essay, I will discuss both the merits and demerits of this phenomenon.

    Primarily, the most important benefit of social networks is proven extremely convenient for information exchange, and this is particularly true when the long-distance relationship is a matter. This might be necessary for families who are apart because of work and studies. In this case, always meeting face-to-face is not possible for all, hence they virtually meet up with video calls or other instant messenger platforms, for example, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. Hence this medium acts as a catalyst in delivering the message to any corner of the world eliminating the geographical distance. Therefore many people think social media brings people from the world closer together.

    However, they should never ignore the negativity of excessive usage on social media to exchange socially. Firstly, many people are more familiar and interested in sharing feelings and thoughts with virtual friends and on social media rather than with family or real friends. By doing this, they are alienating themselves which leads to losing the sense of community. Secondly, only by using social networks for interaction, reduction in social skills such as eye contact and body language expressions are reduced. For example, many people are accustomed to using emoticons from online platforms for expressing their emotions, might fail in reading the real-life gestures or mannerisms from their counterpart while having an in-person conversation.

    In a nutshell, social media brought unprecedented conveniences to communicate with other people. However, I believe that the drawbacks are stronger than the advantages if we are over-reliant on this way of communication.

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