Studies Show that Social Media Hurts Friendships…If you Chose to Speak up Online
April 10, 2013 Leave a comment
It’s no question that social media has changed the way we interact, but many people wonder if it is for better or worse. While there are definitely negatives associated with social media, I believe they have benefited my personal friendships. Social media allows me to stay in touch with friends from college and high school by seeing what they are up to throughout the week. I have reconnected with old friends through Facebook, who I now see regularly. I also enjoy seeing updates from people I have lost touch with, and probably would know nothing about their life if it weren’t for Facebook.
“The world has changed and a significant proportion of relationships happen online but manners haven’t caught up with technology,” Joseph Grenny, co-chairman of VitalSmarts told Reuters.
The way social media benefits your friendships all depends on your attitude. If you are throwing your religious or political beliefs in people’s faces, arguing, and being rude to other people, then there may be some real life negatives. VitalSmarts conducted the survey that found that as the use of social media has grown, so has incivility, with 78 percent of the 2,698 people reporting an increase in rudeness online. One in five people have reduced their face-to-face contact with someone they know in real life after a spat online.
“When reading a response to your post and you feel the conversation is getting too emotional for an online exchange, you’re right! Stop. Take it offline. Or better yet, face-to-face,” Grenny said.