We live in a time of great technological advancements. The mass media has become one of the necessary parts in our daily life. Social media made people connect with each other easier. We can know people or see what people do through the social media, instead of making physical connections. It has either positive or negative impacts to our society.
And I agree with what R. Kay Green said, “The concept of presenting our ideal selves versus our real selves has become more and more prevalent on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, and even LinkedIn.” This is really true, a lot of people want to be like someone, and then they might put some fake information about themselves. Some people are not really how they are when they were using social media. This is really sad and something I don’t want to see.
Human beings yearn for connection and belonging. Yet with the rise of social media, there are concerns many people appear to be substituting virtual, online connections for real-life, social relationships. For example, like Facebook friends, many question the superficiality of such “friendships,” which often leave one frustrated, lonely and struggling to connect on a deeper, more emotionally meaningful level. While our social media friends offer us a great deal, it is not a true substitute or even supplement for real-life interactions with others.
Online friendships, while certainly valuable in many ways, lack the ability to provide us with opportunities for deep and lasting emotional closeness. I am not saying don’t make friends over internet or don’t use social media, I just encourage people that rekindle lost connections and revisit childhood friendships and make your real-life relationships strong.