Social Networking and The Lack of Real Communication

 by: Alysa Yamada

            Facebook has clearly made an impact on individuals in our society. Communication in person is growing sparse because of the convenience of being able to contact a person online in the comfort of your home without saying a word. I feel that this practice is becoming the norm for communicating, and that real communication has become awkward for many individuals.

             Facebook has become one of the largest social networking sites in the world. Students and adults are victims of the convenience and addiction of being able to communicate with whomever they prefer by simply “going online.” One does not even need to interact or post statuses in order to interact with one another. The abundance of information put out by everyone about his or her lives are available for anyone to read without ever having to come into contact with one another. 

            I feel that this establishment and contribution to society has brought much destruction in our day to day communication skills. Although online communication is much more convenient, it takes away the value of truly communicating with one another. Communicating has become superficial and taken lightly because we are just reading words and interpreting them our own way, whereas communicating in person would require one to perceive and evaluate a person’s tone and facial expressions.

                       In conclusion, Facebook should be used lightly and individuals should become more away of their methods of communication. Many adolescents are lacking in communication and interactive skills because they are not putting themselves in social situations that require verbal practice. 

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