Social Media and Relationships By Mackenzy

Since the emergence of the internet and widespread access to technology, it has allowed people to create and form new and different kinds of  relationships  that we were not able to have in times prior. Technology, specifically social media, has made it increasingly easier to create relationships with thousands of people at a time. We are able to see more of not only what our friends are doing throughout their lives but what acquaintances and even complete strangers are up to. Due to how easy it is for an average person in society to connect with large amounts of people it has therefore created weaker physical connections to those around us. It has also made us only connect with those who share our same beliefs and value. Thus making our society more polarized and emotionally and physically disconnected to traditional in person relationships, due to having the capability to solely connect with people through social media.  

This directly relates to the concept of weak ties and strong ties that were described by Malcolm Gladwell.  “The platforms of social media are built around weak ties. Twitter is a way of following (or being followed by) people you may never have met. Facebook is a tool for efficiently managing your acquaintances, for keeping up with the people you would not otherwise be able to stay in touch with. That’s why you can have a thousand “friends” on Facebook, as you never could in real life”. This quote describes how social media relationships are based on weak ties. Many people due to social media are gaining more weak relationships than strong ones. This is why social media is creating fewer meaningful relationships between people.


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