Do Social Networking Sites Hamper Real Life Relationships?
In today’s world, Facebook, twitter, MySpace, are common websites for people to meet and make acquaintances. It has become a part of our daily lives. With the fast developing world and the increasing use of internet it has led us to a point where we prefer ‘liking’ photos, writing ‘comments’ and wishing our friends over the social networking sites. Using the social networking sites is quite easy, moreover, it keeps us updated about what is going on in other people’s life, it reminds us of their important days as well as helps us keep a check on our exes.
But we have forgotten the real essence of a relationship. Nothing like calling a friend at midnight to wish on their birthday. Meeting people over coffee and dinner sounds fun compared to liking photos and wall posts on a social network. Not all the friends on a social network are regularly contacted or spoken to. One might open their profile once in a while; see what they are up to and move on. Social network is not as important as the existence of real life relationship.
Social networks sure have increased communication, brought us closer to the friends we had lost touch with, but a minute to minute update on the whereabouts is not really necessary. Love has become public and so has hatred. Once out of a relationship, it is easier to keep a tab on our exes. There are ‘break ups’ and ‘patch ups’ on a social network and the true essence of a relationship has come to a ‘relationship status update’ which informs others about the status of a relationship. Communication enriches a relationship; social network has reduced the communication to the minimum.
There is no ‘like’ button in our life, even though we have a 1000 friends on a social network, we are barely in touch with a few. On social network, we do not portray our selves the way we are. Professional life is connected to personal life so it is obvious that social networks will affect a relationship on a personal level. Internet addiction can lead to many problems in relationship; it also hampers the social life. Social networking can cause jealousy and betrayal in a relationship. If one decides to make excessive use of social network, one must make sure equal attention is paid to a real life relationship.
Today’s society is faced with the continually growing problem of electronics and social media. What used to be considered a precious treasure is now the cause of teenage obesity, lack of concentration, inadequate communication, and above all a far less intellectual society. Cell phones, internet, video games, television all have taken over the youth in society and corrupted them into unimaginative, unqualified, dull robots. Facebook is merely a tool to drain the intelligence from teenagers until they are forced to speak in instant messaging jargon- LOL, OMG, TTYL. Twitter is a mechanism for teenagers to become hermits, living in their rooms updating their statuses every two minutes. Video games and television suck imagination from children’s minds, their eyes becoming plastered to a small pixel screen, their stationary bodies molded into the couch cushions. To stop a calamity like this from happening, there is only one option- abolish electronics and social media completely. If humanity can wipe away everything with batteries, plugs, and wires, people will become a more intellectual, responsive, exciting species on earth.
With government involvement, electronics and social media can easily be wiped away from the planet. Laws can be created making any form of electronics or social media illegal. This would include phones, game systems, and the computer. Batteries can be melted down and broken down parts dumped into land fills. Those found carrying any form of electronics or social media will be given the benefit of the doubt- this is a justice based society- and be given a warning, but the next encounter with technology could lead to life in prison or death. The banning of electronics and social media will create a safer society- less accidents and less health problems. 20/20 Eye sight will quickly increase since children are not staring at screens for hours on end, and driving will become a leisure experience when drivers aren’t dodging busy people on cell phones swerving into the adjacent lanes. The obesity rate for children will be brought down to acceptable levels because there will be no more televisions to watch while a child stuffs his or her face with potato chips. People will be able to laugh out loud not LOL and ROFLing will be no more; if people want to roll on the floor and laugh, they can do so without being constrained to a tedious text message, IM, tweet, or wall post. Teenagers will have to look at a person when talking to them not text or chat, allowing society’s youth to become far better communicators. There will be no more sneaking into the girl’s bathroom to text your BFF about the cute boy that you <3 so much, no more hiding cell phones beneath laps when your teacher thinks you are doing algebra homework. Students will not have to take out a calculator to know five times two equals ten or look on spark notes to understand that Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet, all in all, a far more intellectual exuberant society.
Society has overlooked the many other options to solve this growing problem. Having students become educated to perform tasks without calculators, cell phones, or the Internet, raise the price of the most popular, yet least useful electronics, or have schools limit a student’s use of electronics or enforce better rules pertaining to electronics and social media could all be successful solutions but are not acceptable in this busy society. Because of this, abolishing electronics and social media would be the best and only solution to create a thriving society, to save the vivacity and intellect of the next generation of adults- the youth that can be seen at the present moment on cell phones, iPods, Facebook, and Twitter- from mass destruction by the monstrous electronics and social media. Make the right choice and give up your iPods, televisions, computers, and delete your Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter accounts. G2G, TTYL!